Category Archives: Research

Assessing children’s understanding during play-based maths activities

Engaging responsively with children during play requires educators to be sensitive to children’s learning needs as well as to their social and emotional needs. Many of us feel comfortable having conversations with children when we’re reading books or playing outdoors, but less comfortable having conversations with children that enable us to assess their mathematical thinking […]

Why Swedish early learning is so much better than Australia’s

Most people have heard that Finland leads the world in education, but fewer have heard that Finland’s neighbour, Sweden, is the international leader in early childhood education and care. In 1999, when Sweden was inspected by a group of international experts appointed by the OECD, the group concluded in their report that early childhood education […]

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