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Extending 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.

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Child learning, development and schemas

Child learning, development and schemas

The practice of planning provision around schema (patterns of repeated behaviour) rests on the premise that by noticing strong drives or interests in children, educators can support development.

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Theories into practice – EC learning & development

Theories into practice – EC learning & development

Children change over time – that is indisputable. Bridie Raban discusses how early childhood educators have a significant role to play in children’s learning by supporting children’s change over time so that it does not rest with development alone.

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Developing number knowledge in early childhood

Developing number knowledge in early childhood

The Australian and New Zealand early childhood curriculums recognise that mathematics is one of the languages children need to learn to be able to communicate successfully. The most commonly taught mathematical concept in the early years is number. But, developing...

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How to get the ‘T’ in STEM

How to get the ‘T’ in STEM

The world does not exist within boxes or boundaries, and children do not think in terms of disciplines or subjects. When considering technology within STEM thinking, think of it from the perspective of how the world works – through systems thinking and project- or problem-based thinking.

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Planning with and for children

Planning with and for children

Dr Claire Warden shares the reason she started planning with and for children through Floorbooks 35 years ago and provides a taste of what they are today through answering questions that people have asked her.

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Why STEM is important in a changing world

Why STEM is important in a changing world

Today’s children will inhabit a challenging, fast-changing world. Encouraging STEM thinking empowers them with the skills to live well, say co-authors of STEM Detectives, Niki Buchan and Bronwyn Cron.   “As the world moves and changes at an ever-increasing pace, STEM...

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