Our guest blogger is Sanne Rathé. She wrote a PhD on the role of spontaneous attention to Arabic numerals in the mathematical development of young children. Wassim (4 years old) is immensely fascinated by number symbols such as 0, 1,
What is the best strategy to deal with conflicts in the preschool classroom?
This blog message was written by Astrid Cornelis (Thomas More, Belgium). What if you put cameras on some preschoolers’ heads to record how conflicts unfold? That’s what researchers at The Ohio State University did (Myrtill et al., 2021). They investigated
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
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
Why is it important to have good memories from the ECEC setting?
What is your earliest memory? One of the first ones I have is of my caregiver from crèche holding me in her arms and cradling in the rocking chair because my jaw hurt a lot (I think my teeth were
On purpose or by accident?
Based on the Dutch Early Years Blog written by Melissa Be and Anouk van Dijk Dani (4) is building a tower on the floor. Very carefully she places one block on top of another as the tower is already at
Parenting: Where is the father?
“One day I arrived at the daycare center and the teacher told me, to let my wife know that Miguel’s diapers were almost finished. It was not the first time this happened, and that week the mother (my wife) was
“I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that!”
This quote belongs to Pippi Longstocking, a fictional main character in a series of children’s books by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. It is a very optimistic and bold quote, but what can we learn from it? Self-efficacy Pippi Longstocking’s
When is praising children effective?
Anna is a shy four-year-old girl with low self-esteem. Today during morning circle time, she volunteered to mark the weather on the weather board for the first time. Her teacher was so happy that she praised her with a lot