Rules are presented as cultural tools that assist socialisation, yet observations revealed that young children subvert adults’ messages. A sociocultural interpretation offers teachers an alternative way of understanding this more challenging aspect of young children’s behaviour.
The connecting role of playfulness in young children’s communication is explored with a specific focus on children’s playful narratives. Such narratives are useful frameworks for teachers’ understanding and interacting with children in meaningful ways to promote learning for teachers and children.
Author(s): Sarah Te One, Val Podmore, Truus Dingemanse, Leanne Dawson, Sue Pattinson, Justine Jones, Kathy Matthews, and Jeanette Higham
Supporting Parents Alongside Children’s Education (SPACE) programme is a New Zealand early childhood Centre of Innovation (COI) aiming to support first-time parents with newborn infants in a group setting as they share the journey through their infant’s early months.
Author(s): Maggie Haggerty, Yvette Simonsen, Mandy Blake, and Linda Mitchell
Wadestown Kindergarten became one of the six designated Centres of Innovation in round three of the COI programme in 2006. This article discusses the kindergarten's focus on multiple literacies and its role in communicative competence and meaning making.
Strategies to support children’s active participation in research about them or the conditions of childhood are investigated in this article. Some participatory-research approaches used with children in a kindergarten setting are included.
Exploring children’s views on their outdoor experiences in an early childhood education setting was the focus of this article, as well as the parents’ and teachers’ views on the value and role of the outdoors in young children’s lives.
The main findings from a literature review exploring thinking skills in the early years (for children aged three to seven) are summarised, and some practical recommendations for teachers seeking to further promote thinking skills in the early years are provided.