To act or not to act? That is the question

To act or not to act? That is the question

To react and solve the conflict between children or to let them face the problem on their own? Where is the line between promoting children’s autonomy and maintaining order and harmony in the group? Joanna, an ECE professional from a

1st grade is about to start – And now? Building a portfolio to support children’s transition

1st grade is about to start – And now? Building a portfolio to support children’s transition

This message was contributed by Manuela Sanches-Ferreira, from Escola Superior de Educação, Instituto Politécnico do Porto.   When Manuel is upset, he throws a tantrum, cries and tosses objects, he may even hit his class mates. He is impatient, and

“But daddy says I can!” About parenting and how to do it together

“But daddy says I can!” About parenting and how to do it together

Parents, teachers, grandparents, … they are all involved in the education of a child. And they all have their own views and approaches. With the aim to aid and support all parties involved in raising a child together, we have developed a support tool, called the “pedagogical staircase”.

Self-regulation in crèches

Self-regulation in crèches

Toddlers are experimenting with clay and water. Katie is building complicated waterways using plastic blocks. Her younger friend Anna looks at it in silence. ‘What are you doing, Katie?’ – the teacher asks. ‘The water is flowing fast!’ Placing her

Young children growing up in diverse contexts primarily identify with their schools!

Young children growing up in diverse contexts primarily identify with their schools!

This blog post was contributed by Johan De Wilde (ODISEE).   “We are the giraffes’ class, but miss Monique is the beavers’ teacher.” In this quote ‘we’ refers to a group of five-year-old kids in a pre-primary school in Belgium.

Early childhood education and sustainable development goals

Early childhood education and sustainable development goals

This post was contributed by Tiago Almeida (ESELx). The Millennium Development Goals only considered children with reference to child mortality and maternal mortality. While important, both indicators are insufficient to ensure the future well-being of children and families. Beyond survival,