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  • Starting Strong II - Early Childhood Education and Care

    This 2006 OECD report considers the nature of early childhood education and care around the world reporting on why countries invest in ECE, approaches to ECE policy, training and working conditions for teachers and universal access for children.

    tag_names:subjects: leadership, pedagogy

  • Children's right to play

    Written by Stuart Lester and Wendy Russell, this 2010 working paper provides an examination of the importance of play in the lives of children worldwide.  Chapters include understanding play, play in context, play as self-protection, play as participation in every-day life, and providing env...

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, infants and toddlers, play, environment, leadership, pedagogy

  • Fostering language acquisition in daycare settings: What the research tells us

    Simone Beller examines research and theories surrounding language acquisition, and how the early childhood education environment impacts on developing language.  "Several studies (see chapters 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3) showed that language is better acquired in informal instructional settings and i...

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, infants and toddlers, literacy, environment, pedagogy, literacy and numeracy resource, social competence resource

  • Promoting Positive Peer Social Interactions

    This 2003 article by Bovey and Strain consider how to promote positive peer social interactions.  The use of mat time is the main strategy considered in this article

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, pedagogy, social competence resource

  • The Social Skills Programme

    This guide to social skills is produced by Leap Outreach and considers why social skills are important, and provides strategies for supporting children's growing social development.  This article has a strong focus on helping children who need extra support in interacting with peers.

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, play, pedagogy, social competence resource

  • Communicating and Cooperating in Play

    Rosemary Perry describes research that she was involved in that considered the nature of children's communication and cooperation in play.  She notes that the "findings from this study serve as a timely reminder that there are between pretend play and the social interactions it engenders and...

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, play, pedagogy, social competence resource

  • Understanding and Facilitating Preschool Children's Peer Acceptance. ERIC Digest.

    This brief article considers peer acceptance, and looks at how teachers and adults can help foster social interactions.

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, pedagogy, social competence resource

  • Exploring Mathematical Concepts

    Shiree Lee from the University of Auckland shares her handout for starting point for explorring mathematical concepts.

    tag_names:subjects: numeracy, pedagogy, literacy and numeracy resource

  • Toddler Strategies for social engagement with peers

    This article by Honig and Thompson (1993) outlines toddlers strategy bids as they attempt to interact with others. The article considers how toddlers enter play with another and how they leave the play.  The article also considers strategies that teachers can use to help support young childr...

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, infants and toddlers, play, pedagogy, social competence resource, friendship

  • Media as Social Partners: The Social Nature of Young Children’s Learning From Screen Media

    Richert, Robb & Smith review research that looks at the impact of children's learning from screen media such as television.  

    Tags: literacy, environment, pedagogy. tag_names:subjects: literacy, environment, pedagogy