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
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
This blog post was contributed by Manuela Pessanha (ESE-Instituto Politécnico do Porto) “Children are a people and they live in a foreign land”] (Beppe Wolgers, 1956) During the first years of life, children are fully dependent on adults that take
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.
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,
This blog post was contributed by Katarzyna Gajek, PhD, (University of Lodz, Poland) ECEC professionals’ understanding of the child’s socio-cultural background and the role of mother in the family may be an important pillar for building trustful relationships between practitioners
Once again Jip has hurt a child in the circle. For the third time in one week. While the teacher is reading aloud, Jip starts yelling, making it nearly impossible for the other children to follow the story. When teacher Jill tells the boy to stop shouting, he looks at her defiantly. “No, I won’t stop”, three-and-a-half-year-old Jip says in a self-assured way and he simply continues. In a mere couple of weeks, the toddler has turned into a badly-behaved child.
By Annemiek Hoppenbrouwers (Fontys) When all children are having Circle Time again after the summer vacation, the teacher asks: “What did you do during the holidays?” “Where did you go on holiday?” It’s nice to meet again after the holidays
This blog post was contributed by Helena Taelman (ODISEE). Educational professionals and researchers may build a nice innovation, grounded in the most recent insights of developmental and educational science. Nevertheless, it may not work as expected, since classrooms and schools
This blog post was contributed by Olga Wysłowska (University of Warsaw). Up-to-date research provides solid evidence on the positive relation between high quality ECEC provision and development and educational outcomes of children (especially from disadvantaged families) . Hence, one may