homepage_loicWelcome to the Leeds Child Development Unit! We are a group of researchers at the University of Leeds who study how children learn to communicate. We are always looking for families and schools to take part in our studies. Have a look around the site to find out more about us, our research, and how to get involved!

We work with local nurseries, schools, and families who volunteer to participate in our studies, either at school or by coming into our lab. We run a variety of studies using toys, games, books, and computers, with children from birth up to 10 years and beyond. The studies are fun and interesting, with no right or wrong answers. Our findings help us answer questions about how grammar, vocabulary, and effective communication develop.

Our research is funded by The University of Leeds, the Economic and Social Research Council, The Leverhulme Trust, The British Academy, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education.


NEWS: We are very pleased to be supporting Leeds Baby Week 2017; an early years initiative aimed at raising awareness in the critical growth stages of a baby’s life. On Wednesday 13th September, PhD student and LCDU researcher Emily Oxley will be presenting a talk to professionals, entitled ‘The emergent vocabulary of infants with English as an additional language’. She will discuss current research relating to children in the UK with English as an additional language, as well as vocabulary related interventions for pre-school children which could be carried out in nursery settings in the U.K.


Our latest newsletter is available here: LCDU newsletter 1 spring 2017.