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
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?
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
Physical play: Healthy for mind and body
Several studies show there has been a decline in the (gross) motor skills of children over the past years. The lockdowns during the current COVID pandemic seem to speed up this process. But why is (gross) motor development important for
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
Myths about corporal punishment: Hitting children … Is for their own good?
This blog post was contributed by Nadine Correia (ISCTE-IUL). Hitting adults is called assault. Hitting animals is called cruelty. Hitting children is for their own good? This was the motto of a Council of Europe’s campaign, launched in 2008 with the objective
Children in a vulnerable home situation: what can a professional do remotely?
By Annemiek Hoppenbrouwers For a lot of children, closed schools are not a big problem. You can play outside because the weather is great; mom and dad are at home which means you don’t have to go to daycare, and
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