Innovations in ECEC do not always result in positive evidence. How should we deal with it?

Innovations in ECEC do not always result in positive evidence. How should we deal with it?

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

Listen to my idea, we could do it together! Cooperative tasks and child participation

Listen to my idea, we could do it together! Cooperative tasks and child participation

This blog was contributed by Tandem Team (http://tandemforfour.weebly.com/) and translated by Carlos Pereira and Marina Fuertes (Escola Superior de Educação de Lisboa).   From their early years, children can be involved in daily tasks such as helping bake a cake,

The benefits of investing in childcare

The benefits of investing in childcare

By Ruth Heuvelman (CED-group) and Pauline Slot (Utrecht University) Recently, an increasing number of childcare organizations have been taken over by large investors. This evokes reactions from both proponents and opponents. Proponents indicate that this leads to investment in quality,

The earlier, the better? Three important conditions for early intervention and prevention

The earlier, the better? Three important conditions for early intervention and prevention

This blog post was contributed by Pauline Slot (Utrecht University). Pedagogues, special education teachers or other types of specialists working in ECEC sometimes have to deal with teacher’s concerns about a child’s development, behaviour or home situation. It is good

Three reasons to value the first languages of all children in the classroom

Three reasons to value the first languages of all children in the classroom

Not all children attending early childhood education classrooms speak the same first language. What to do when children express themselves in their mother tongue, and not in the language of instruction? If we invest in the first language (i.e., the mother tongue), can we delay learning the language of instruction or, conversely, can we foster the successful development of the two languages? How to respond to immigrant or ethnic minority parents when they ask what they should do at home to promote language development in general or to promote the learning of the language of instruction?