To celebrate 2023, here is the A to Z of Essential Resources. We’re highlighting our top new releases, some long-time favourites, and the unique service we provide. Enjoy!
Category: Early Childhood
Category: Early Childhood
Blogs related to early childhood education teaching and learning and development. Written by recognised author-educators and experienced staff. Each blog is tagged for easy filtering.
Author Anne Houghton discusses how narrative approaches, such as Learning Stories, create meaningful documentation for the child, their families and educators. Meaningful enough to keep under the pillow.
Putting the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and National Quality Standard (NQS) into action is something educators grapple with daily. Read on to gain insights from Susie Rosback into how you can program with the EYLF and NQS.
Understanding which adjustments work for children with additional needs presents a challenge for early childhood and primary school educators. Author of the freshly updated The A to Z of Special Needs, Anne Vize, explains successful practices for providing access and inclusion for children with additional needs.
When teaching mathematics in early childhood education, the educator’s mindset is just as important as a child’s. Author Marianne Knaus explains how to develop and encourage a growth mindset.
While all play might look the same, children engage in different types of play as they progress through their early years. There are six stages of play in a child’s social development – from playing by themselves to later with a group.
Temper tantrums, curiosity and a new social world are all part of children’s early years. It is also a time of rapid development, where early childhood educators lay the foundations for children’s social and emotional development.
Building oral language skills is a crucial part of learning in the early years. Yet the traditional ‘adult-led’ talk sessions can stifle opportunities for children to develop their language skills. So, what are some ideas for teaching oral language?
There are countless ways to teach early literacy skills. Today we will outline just three. These activities create enjoyable and meaningful learning experiences for developing early literacy experiences.
Storytelling in early childhood is an essential practice that benefits children’s language and literacy development in multiple ways.
Author Bridie Raban discusses how assessment as learning can help to identify where children are in their learning, development and wellbeing and how they can move forward.
Early years documentation can make a beautiful contribution to our view of the child, childhood and learning in all of their wonderful complexity. Yet the process can also be wrought with tensions for many who take it on. Kelly Goodsir shares six tensions and truths about early years documentation.
The end of the year is upon us and what a year it has been. We wanted to say thank you for all your support and share with you the highlights of our year and the top 22 teacher resources of 2022, as decided by you!
We believe in supporting educators with the tools they need to make a difference. That’s why we developed online professional development courses for early childhood teachers.
In this blog, Jo Maloney discusses how early childhood educators’ positive relationships with both colleagues and children can benefit everyone.
The transition from early childhood (ECE) to primary school impacts children and their family. Communication and pedagogical awareness are crucial elements for transition.
Experienced educator and recognised author, Anne Houghton, sets intentional teaching in its big-picture context to show its potential as an effective pedagogical practice.
Creating environments that spark curiosity and wonder is not difficult and yet, at times, infant environments in early childhood settings can be sterile or uninspiring. Here I explore the notion of creating environments that spark curiosity in infants.
When we spend time talking and playing with children in an early childhood setting, we learn more about what interests them. In that way we gain more opportunities to build on their early experiences, extend their learning and so enhance their development.
Why teach science to young children? Because young children and science are a natural fit. Early learning science engages young explorers.
Being new early childhood educators can be overwhelming. There are many challenges that present differently in the real world compared to studying early childhood education and care.
Adventurous, risky play is often considered too dangerous for young children, something that adults need to protect them from. Yet such play is essential for normal child development, building knowledge, skill, confidence, resilience, and a risk-taking disposition.
Play and learning. Not opposites, but complementary. Associate Professor Christine Howitt discusses how play is what young children naturally do and how they best learn.
The practice of planning provision around schema rests on the premise that by noticing strong drives or interests in children, educators can support development.
Bridie Raban discusses how early childhood educators have a significant role to play in children’s learning by supporting children’s change over time.
There has been steadily increasing interest from outside the EC sector in what can be achieved through high quality education and care. One of the keys is reflective practice.
What does it mean to be an early childhood education and care professional? Andrea Nolan answers this important question.
Teaching measurement in ECE settings relies on children developing number sense and an understanding of the concepts of geometry.
Developing number knowledge is more than just learning to count. Here are some ideas to freshen up your number teaching and learning!
Research has determined that a child’s mathematical concept of pattern is one of the best indicators of future success in mathematics.
The world does not exist within boxes and children do not think in terms of subjects. With technology within STEM, think of it from the perspective of how the world works.
Mathematics is everywhere in daily life and we should be using these incidental opportunities to talk about maths concepts.
How can we increase the STEM skills of our young children if we have difficulty recognising STEM learning opportunities and feel unsure about scaffolding STEM concepts?
Why is STEM important in early childhood education? Explore the reasons why STEM should be a key focus in education.
Discover how to use Floorbooks® – where thoughts, ideas and open-ended questions are recorded by children and their educators.
Associate Professor Christine Howitt discusses the importance of integrating STEM into early childhood settings. It is an integrated approach to exploring and investigating.