Multilingual Childhoods – a research network

The Multilingual Childhoods research network, also known as Research into Early Years Language Learning (REYLL), is for researchers who wish to engage in cross-national collaborations. The research network, or Special Interest Group (SIG), was launched at the annual European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) conference in Barcelona, in September 2015.

The Multilingual Childhoods / REYLL network has been set up with a view to bringing together researchers who are investigating the learning of two or more languages in the home, school or community by children from birth to the age of 6 years old – this includes aspects of L1 and L2 language development in contexts of awareness of languages, additional languages, foreign languages, second languages, bilingual education, and immersion.

Objectives for the Multilingual Childhoods / REYLL research network:

  • to bridge the areas of multilingualism and early years education;
  • To promote and disseminate research in early years multilingualism and its implementation in policy and practice;
  • To create opportunities for informed and constructive discussion and debate;
  • To foster possibilities for cross-national collaboration and interaction.

Join the REYLL discussion list to keep in touch with over 70 colleagues interested in children and languages in the early years.

The Multilingual Childhoods / REYLL network is part of the AILA Research Network in Early Language Learning (ELL-ReN).


Convenors of the EECERA Multilingual Childhoods SIG:

August 2015 – May 2019: Gunhild T. Alstad and Sandie Mourão

May 2019 – (…): Gunhild T. Alstad and Mila Schwartz

REYLL Committee