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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.

Sustainability in Early Childhood

Everyday sustainability in early childhood education

The early years curriculum requires us to incorporate sustainability into early childhood education. Authors Sally Sneddon and Anne Pettit show how this role is a natural and valuable fit in early childhood settings, with benefits all round.

inclusive learning environment

Creating an inclusive learning environment

Early childhood learning environments in New Zealand should reflect the diverse abilities of our children. Let’s explore the considerations for creating an inclusive learning environment.

A to Z of Essential Resources

The A to Z of Essential Resources

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!

Integrating EYLF and NQS with Susie Rosback

How to integrate the EYLF and NQS into your program

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.

Building oral language skills in the early years

Building oral language skills in the early years

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?

early literacy activities

Three ideas for teaching early literacy skills

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.

Assessment as Learning

Assessment as learning

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 Kelly Goodsir

The tensions and truths of documentation

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 Top 22 Teacher Resources of 2022

The Top 22 Teacher Resources of 2022

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!

Intentional Teaching

Intentional teaching for early childhood

Experienced educator and recognised author, Anne Houghton, sets intentional teaching in its big-picture context to show its potential as an effective pedagogical practice.

Infant curiosity

How to create infant environments that spark curiosity

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.

children's learning

Extending children’s learning

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.

Just started teaching ECE

Advice for new early childhood educators

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.

risky play

Risky play and child development

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 in the early years

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. 

How does technology within STEM thinking look in early childhood education?

How to get the ‘T’ in STEM

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.

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