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
Choice-making opportunities – how to promote self-determination in childhood?
“I want to have my diaper changed after my brother” “I’ll start my diet after the weekend” Both sentences reflect choice and sense of control. But are separated by the time and the experiences that turn us from a child
The Pygmalion effect: The power of teacher expectations
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
Number symbols in preschool (0, 1, 2, …, 9)
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,
ECEC in Ukraine
The number of families from Ukraine who are fleeing the war is growing by the hour. Among them, a large group are young children. Soon they will be attending ECEC centres across Europe where the organisation of work may differ
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
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
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