Based on the Dutch Early Years Blog written by Annemiek Hoppenbrouwers. In 1968, two American teachers (Robert Rosenthal and Leonore Jacobson) performed an experiment with the children in their school . At the start of the school year, all
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?
Promoting children’s participation? Yes, but how?
Participation as a right: 3 important aspects What is children’s right to participation? According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child , all children, regardless of age or maturity, have the right to freely express their ideas and
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
Helping children relax
Based on the Dutch Early Years Blog written by Tamara Wally. We ask a lot of young children, sometimes without even knowing it. In class they hear sounds and noise all day long. We tell them to be considerate
Emotional abuse of children
Early morning. Nursery cloakroom. The nervous mom quickly and tensely unbuttons Jack’s jacket. The boy stands motionless, as if absent, tugged by his mother’s impatient moves. Nothing seems to be happening, but the teacher is worried about it… How to
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
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