When will it be the holidays? When will I visit grandma? How long do we have to wait? Talking to toddlers about the intervals between different events is not an easy matter. It seems that the category of time and
Choice-making opportunities – how to promote self-determination in childhood?
“I want to have my diaper changed after my brother” “I’ll start my diet after the weekend” Both sentences reflect choice and sense of control. But are separated by the time and the experiences that turn us from a child
The Pygmalion effect: The power of teacher expectations
Based on the Dutch Early Years Blog written by Annemiek Hoppenbrouwers. In 1968, two American teachers (Robert Rosenthal and Leonore Jacobson) performed an experiment with the children in their school . At the start of the school year, all
ECEC in Ukraine
The number of families from Ukraine who are fleeing the war is growing by the hour. Among them, a large group are young children. Soon they will be attending ECEC centres across Europe where the organisation of work may differ
When I grow up, I want to be…
Based on the Dutch Early Years Blog written by Bodine Romijn. When I grow up, I want to be… What did you used to answer when a grown up asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up?
Promoting children’s participation? Yes, but how?
Participation as a right: 3 important aspects What is children’s right to participation? According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child , all children, regardless of age or maturity, have the right to freely express their ideas and
Rules are for babies
Who is the authority figure for a child? Usually – mum, dad, grandparents, older siblings, a favourite teacher. But are only individual authorities important? Recent research suggests that even at such a young age as three, children are more likely
Emotional abuse of children
Early morning. Nursery cloakroom. The nervous mom quickly and tensely unbuttons Jack’s jacket. The boy stands motionless, as if absent, tugged by his mother’s impatient moves. Nothing seems to be happening, but the teacher is worried about it… How to
The importance of gender-neutral toy play
What comes to mind when we have to buy a birthday gift for our child’s friend? For many parents (even if they are ECEC professionals), the first instinct is to make a decision based on the child’s gender, and decide
I participate… Because I am entitled to: Participation rights in time of pandemic
This blog post was contributed by Nadine Correia (ISCTE-IUL). Participation rights are enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child  and constitute one of the 3Ps (Provision, Protection, Participation). In fact, from an early age, children have the right