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
The importance of gender-neutral toy play
What comes to mind when we have to buy a birthday gift for our child’s friend? For many parents (even if they are ECEC professionals), the first instinct is to make a decision based on the child’s gender, and decide
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.
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
Is daycare “ONLY” for diaper changing? The educational intentionality in Early Childhood Education and Care
In daycare, people spend too much time in diaper changing?! Changing diapers is a chore to get done fast, and “everyone knows how to change a diaper”?! Comments like these are common and contain many misleading ideas about Early Childhood
How to promote inclusion by book reading
This blog was contributed by Ruth Heuvelman (CED Group). Take a (critical) look at the picture books in your group. What books are there? Do you see society reflected in the picture books? Can all children identify with the
About intense emotions and self-control in small children
Two-year-old Stefania refuses to put on her new shoes. She is definitely calling out: not mine! And she escapes to the farthest corner of the classroom. She is screaming, crying, stamping her legs. The teacher tries to get closer to