May issue of He Kupu encourages reflection on transitions for children
The role of early childhood teachers in ensuring smooth life changes for children is explored with practical strategies shared in the latest issue of New Zealand Tertiary College’s (NZTC) publication He Kupu.
The free online peer reviewed ECE journal is published twice a year and aims to develop an inclusive, critical, collaborative and informed community of early childhood professionals.
Articles in the ‘Transitions and life changes for children’ issue raise awareness of the challenges children, parents and families may experience within and external to early childhood education settings.
“It is absolutely essential that young children learn the skills to navigate and build resilience around change, so these transitions in a person’s early years don’t have a lasting effect,” said NZTC Academic Dean Sean Dolan.
Transitions can encompass a wide-range of events from internal ones in an early childhood setting, such as a child starting daycare or moving from the baby room to the toddler room, through to external transitions like a new sibling, house or family care arrangement.
The latest issue also takes an in-depth look at the move from early childhood education to a formal school setting.
“ECE teachers have a major part to play in creating transitions from centre to school that cater for individualised emotional needs. It’s profoundly important that this is done positively to support a child’s long-term academic success,” Dolan said.
“I encourage all early childhood teachers and parents of young children to read this issue and reflect on best practice in managing transitions and life changes for children.”