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Rentzou, Konstantina – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
Although wide family support policies are available to Cypriot families, Cyprus is among the countries with the least developed ECEC systems and the processes taken to address ECEC deficits is slow. Although female employment rates are slightly below the EU averages, there is a gap in the availability of childcare, an underinvestment in public…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Foreign Countries
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Rentzou, Konstantina – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
Although Greece has a dichotomous system both in terms of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services and in terms of ECEC workers' preparation programmes, in 2016 Greek government's Organization for ECEC organized an open colloquy about the adoption of a 'Unified National Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care', causing a heated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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Rentzou, Konstantina – Early Child Development and Care, 2014
The physical environment of the preschool programmes has been proven to affect both children's overall development and the quality of the programme. However, both nationally and internationally the contribution of the physical environment in the effectiveness of a programme and in the achievement of educational goals is often overlooked. The aim…
Descriptors: Physical Environment, Preschool Education, Child Development, Educational Quality
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Rentzou, Konstantina – Early Child Development and Care, 2014
Children's play contributes to their overall development. Yet, not all types of play have the same effects. On the contrary, nonsocial play has been found to be correlated with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The present study had a twofold aim. On the one hand it aimed at assessing Greek preschool children's social and nonsocial…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Behavior Problems, Foreign Countries, Play
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Rentzou, Konstantina; Sakellariou, Maria – Early Child Development and Care, 2013
Based on arguments according to which the concept of quality is multifaceted, difficult to be defined and defined differently by various stakeholders, it has been suggested that the quality of care and education be evaluated from different perspectives if one aims to create a global picture of the early childhood education and care programmes. The…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Child Care, Foreign Countries
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Rentzou, Konstantina – Early Child Development and Care, 2013
All children and young people need to play. The impulse to play is innate. Yet, the pure essence of play is playfulness a notion not new, yet limitedly researched. Playfulness refers to the individual style each child has to play, which is linked to personality descriptors and attributes. The present study had a twofold aim. On the one hand, it…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Play, Child Behavior
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Rentzou, Konstantina – Early Child Development and Care, 2013
Early childhood education and care is a multifaceted institution. Based on children's age, a number of different settings operate, which have usually two distinct aims. Kindergartens provide mainly education whereas day care centres provide care. Yet, in recent years, the need to establish programmes which provide both education and care to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Attitudes, Preferences, Child Care Centers
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Sakellariou, Maria; Rentzou, Konstantina – Early Child Development and Care, 2012
Considering the potentially important influence of teachers' beliefs on their practices, the purpose of the present study was to examine what, if anything, pre-service kindergarten teachers from Greece and Cyprus had in common in terms of self-reported beliefs and self-reported practices related to the National Association for the Education of…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Kindergarten, Statistical Analysis
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Rentzou, Konstantina – Early Child Development and Care, 2012
The present study is aimed at examining the level of quality and care provided by Greek preschool programmes, from the researcher's and early childhood educators' perspectives and verify whether they evaluate with the same way. Research results indicate that according to the researcher's assessment both preschool and infant/toddler classrooms…
Descriptors: Infants, Correlation, Early Childhood Education, Researchers
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Sakellariou, Maria; Rentzou, Konstantina – Early Child Development and Care, 2012
The experiences children have and the attachments they form early in life have a decisive, long-lasting impact on their later development and learning. The present study aims at exploring the continuum of the beliefs reported by Greek pre-service kindergarten teachers and how those beliefs relate to their intensions about the importance of…
Descriptors: Correlation, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Foreign Countries
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Rentzou, Konstantina; Sakellariou, Maria – Early Child Development and Care, 2011
The continuum of beliefs reported by Greek pre-service kindergarten teachers and how those beliefs relate to classroom practices are explored in this article. Considering the potentially important influence of teachers' beliefs on their practices, the level of early childhood teachers' beliefs about developmentally appropriate practices (DAPs) and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Position Papers, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Sakellariou, Maria; Rentzou, Konstantina – Early Child Development and Care, 2011
Beliefs are said to affect the pedagogical practice one employs. Considering the potentially important influence of teachers' beliefs on their practices, the level of early childhood teachers' beliefs about developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) and the relationship between their beliefs and practices are regarded as important topics of study…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Foreign Countries, Developmentally Appropriate Practices