The changing identity of Early Childhood Education

The changing identity of Early Childhood Education

This blog post was contributed by Olga Wysłowska (University of Warsaw). Within the last decade educare services for children between zero to three years of age, became an increasingly popular topic of educational research across the world. Nonetheless, the role

The earlier, the better? Three important conditions for early intervention and prevention

The earlier, the better? Three important conditions for early intervention and prevention

This blog post was contributed by Pauline Slot (Utrecht University). Pedagogues, special education teachers or other types of specialists working in ECEC sometimes have to deal with teacher’s concerns about a child’s development, behaviour or home situation. It is good

Three reasons to value the first languages of all children in the classroom

Three reasons to value the first languages of all children in the classroom

Not all children attending early childhood education classrooms speak the same first language. What to do when children express themselves in their mother tongue, and not in the language of instruction? If we invest in the first language (i.e., the mother tongue), can we delay learning the language of instruction or, conversely, can we foster the successful development of the two languages? How to respond to immigrant or ethnic minority parents when they ask what they should do at home to promote language development in general or to promote the learning of the language of instruction?