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
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,
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
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
Early heroes: Early Childhood Education with preterm children
Prematurity is the leading cause of peri and postpartum morbidity and mortality. About 9% of newborns are born prematurely, that is, born with less than 37 weeks of gestational age (GA). The number of gestational weeks determines the development and
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