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
Getting started on self-regulation? Together with parents of course!
During the preschool years, children’s self-regulation skills develop at a rapid pace. How to support this development, in particular in vulnerable children? In Belgium, a consortium of teacher trainers and researchers has been developing an approach to support self-regulation in
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
Subitizing in the preschool classroom: seeing how many there are, without counting
As preschool children’s mathematical development is already in progress, high-quality early childhood education should involve math activities. We share with you a very popular blog post by teacher trainer Astrid Cornelis (Thomas More), published earlier on the Flemish blog Kleutergewijs.
Screen time for the youngest? No!
Watching TV (and even playing when the TV is turned on in the background!) before the age of 18 months can have a negative impact on a child’s speech development, reading skills (in the future) or short-term memory. It is
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
Get inspired by the reading policy at Miss Loubna’s preschool
Do you like to dive into your personal library and bring out the book jewels in your preschool classroom? By storytelling, reading aloud in the classroom, and providing pupils with a stimulating book corner, you are already enhancing their reading
Let’s go out: No more excuses to stay indoors!
All seasons are appropriate for children to spend time outside. However, spring, usually characterized by friendly weather (not too cold and not too hot), as well as interesting changes in the environment (growing and blooming plants), and the fact that