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Self-regulation can be understood as a suite of skills needed to control and manage one’s own emotions and behaviours in a wide range of setting. Learning self-regulation in the early years has been consistently linked to not just better adjusted adults but also higher levels of academic achievement in later life. The following provides strategies to support children’s self-regulation in the learning environment. 

In early childhood, positive relationships with teachers are extremely important for intellectual, social and emotional development. Indeed research shows that secure attachments formed in early years do not just prepare the foundations for positive relationships in adulthood but predict positive life outcomes as well. The following article provides strategies on how Educators can build relationships with children.

Effective communication is key to building positive relationships with children and facilitating their learning. However, if our words are to have the desired impact, they need to be adequately complemented with non-verbal cues. This is even more pertinent in the early childhood contexts when young children are yet to fully acquire language. The following article provides strategies for using non-verbal communication with children.

The first few years in a child’s life are when values, ideas and attitudes take shape as the result of their experiences, adult responses and wider cultural influences. This is the time when positive role models can convey powerful lessons on gender equality and interpersonal behaviour which have the potential to impact adult life choices. For such reasons, the following article provides information on Traditional Bias, How Men Are Important, How To Encourage Men To Join The ECE Setting and more. 

Effective communication is at the heart of every productive workplace but more so in sectors like ECE where so much depends on positive interactions between key stakeholders, like children, educators, families, management and providers. Non-verbal cues are an integral part of communication as they can complement and reinforce but also contradict and undermine verbal messages. The following article provides information on What Is Non-Verbal Communication, Why It Is Important, How To Use Non-Verbal Communication In The Workplace and more.

As part of their educational programmes, early education and care services may be situated in or travel to bush environments where it is known that snakes may be active and present. Although they are more common in the spring or summer, snakes can be found throughout the year, especially on sunny days. The following article provides information on What Attracts Snakes Into The Outdoor Area or Early Childhood Service, How Can We Snake-proof Our Service, Strategies to Implement To Minimise The Risk Of Snakes and more. 

In the early education context, assessment for learning is best practised as a “process of gathering and analysing information as evidence about what children know, can do and understand”, according to the EYLF. The approved learning framework is categorical that such assessment should be “part of an ongoing cycle that includes planning, documenting and evaluating”. Such ongoing processes lie at the heart of formative assessment practices. The following article provides information on What Is Formative Assessment Practices, Formative Assessment Regulatory Guidelines, and Benefits Of Formative Assessment and more. 

Consequences are one of the most effective principles of behaviour management in ECEC settings, as they show children the probable results of their own actions. There are two types of consequences used most often – natural and logical. The following article provides information on Natural consequences, How To Use Natural consequences, Logical consequences and more. 

Both the Principles and Practices of EYLF place great significance on the nature of child-educator interactions. The following article provides information on What Are Positive Interactions, Developing Positive Interactions, Strategies and more.

Play is a process that is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. In this sense, children’s play happens when children determine and control the content and intent of their play, following their own instincts, ideas and interests, in their own way for their own reasons. The following article provides an overview of the different roles of educators in play and how each can be best performed in an ECEC setting.

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