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Atatoa Carr, Polly E.; Reese, Elaine; Bird, Amy L.; Bandara, Dinusha K.; Grant, Cameron C.; Morton, Susan M. B. – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
Infants are increasingly cared for by adults other than their parents. Here we describe non-parental infant care within a diverse cohort; and investigate the relationship between parents' antenatal intentions and actual infant care. 6822 New Zealand women were recruited during pregnancy and asked about their intentions for childcare. Non-parental…
Descriptors: Infants, Child Care, Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education
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Ólafsdóttir, Sara M.; Einarsdóttir, Jóhanna – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
Play is an important part of early childhood education and has been defined from different perspectives and paradigms. However, definitions of play have been studied more from adults' perspectives than from those of children themselves. This ethnographic research, with children aged three to five years and built on sociological constructs, will…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Foreign Countries, Freehand Drawing, Play
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Simon, Antonia – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
OECD countries have established statistical collections to ensure quality within Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). Focusing on one part of ECEC -- preschool 'childcare services' -- this paper critically reviews statistical collections specifically designed to measure childcare patterns in England alongside UK data collected for other…
Descriptors: National Surveys, Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries
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Schachter, Rachel E.; Strang, Tara M.; Piasta, Shayne B. – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
This study used an embedded mixed method design to examine teachers' experiences with a state-mandated kindergarten readiness assessment during its inaugural year. Participants were 143 kindergarten teachers from one county in a Midwestern state. In general, teachers did not perceive the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment as useful for one of its…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children, School Readiness
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Degotardi, Sheila; Gill, Amy – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
This study examined infant educators' beliefs about infant language development in the context of early childhood classrooms. Participants were 59 educators who were employed to work directly with under-two-year-old children. Educators were interviewed to determine their understandings of infant language development and Grounded Theory qualitative…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Grounded Theory, Language Acquisition, Preschool Education
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Hayes, Nóirín; O'Neill, Sandra – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
The Strengthening Foundations of Learning (SFL) project is an early years CPD intervention and part of the wider Preparing for Life (PFL) Initiative in an area of urban disadvantage in Dublin, Ireland. Working within the context of the "Aistear" curriculum framework, and building on research evidence on the importance of practitioners to…
Descriptors: Intervention, Preschool Education, Foreign Countries, Urban Areas
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Lau, Eva Yi Hung – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
Parental response, physical coercion and warmth and their relationships with childhood aggression were assessed with 277 children (142 boys; M age = 56.5 months, SD = 10.93 months) in Hong Kong. Results indicated that both fathers and mothers reported significantly more intervention strategies in response to hypothetical vignettes of physical…
Descriptors: Parenting Styles, Parent Child Relationship, Aggression, Parent Attitudes
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Cherrington, Sue; Dalli, Carmen – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
For more than 20 years, the New Zealand early childhood (EC) sector has had guidance about how to deal with situations of ethical difficulty in daily practice through the ECE Code of Ethics. This paper reports on three surveys undertaken at 10-year intervals that sought to understand EC educators' experiences of such situations, and how they…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Ethics
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Cloughessy, Kathy; Waniganayake, Manjula – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
Children's picture books featuring same-sex parented families have been suggested as a powerful resource in leading change in the struggle against heteronormativity in early childhood education. At present, little is known about lesbian parents' perceptions of how picture books in their homes and in early childhood settings can influence…
Descriptors: LGBTQ People, Parent Attitudes, Homosexuality, Childrens Literature
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Lago, Lina; Elvstrand, Helene – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
This article focuses on how pupils' everyday transitions constitute a condition for pupils' activities and relationships, and how pupils understand and give meaning to their everyday transitions between different school settings (school and Leisure Time Centre). To examine this, we made participant observations in three different educational…
Descriptors: Leisure Time, Educational Environment, Student Experience, Peer Relationship
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Einarsdottir, Johanna; Jónsdóttir, Arna H. – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
This study aims to examine the meaning-making of parents in five Icelandic preschools concerning the collaboration between preschools and families. Further, the perspectives of educators on the views of the parents were also sought. The theoretical background was Moss's ideas of democratic early childhood education and MacNaughton's ideas of power…
Descriptors: Parent Teacher Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Rentzou, Konstantina – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
Drawing on kindergarten teachers' and University departments' reactions to the Greek government's initiative to adopt an integrated Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) system, the present study aimed to explore how various ECEC professional groups working in the two main preschool programs operating in Greece define different aspects…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Hu, Jiangbo; Torr, Jane; Degotardi, Sheila; Han, Feifei – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
This study investigated the manner in which 56 infant educators used language to direct the behaviour of infants (defined as children aged birth to two years), on the basis that the ways in which educators frame their commands represent an important component of young children's learning experiences. Underpinned by systemic functional linguistic…
Descriptors: Infants, Infant Behavior, Preschool Teachers, Language Acquisition
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Lai, Yuk Ching; Gill, Judith – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
Initially developed from policies implemented under British rule, the integrated programme for children with disabilities has not been widely publicised in the context of early childhood education in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Local communities have responded differently to the integrated programme implemented in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Child Care Centers, Early Childhood Education
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Mikuska, Éva; Raffai, Judit – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2018
Vojvodina is one of the most ethnically diverse regions in Europe where, according to the latest census in 2011, Hungarians are the largest non-Serb national minority group. In recent decades, this northern province of Serbia has faced continuous depopulation, forcing schools and nurseries to face an uncertain future. We argue that despite the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Minority Groups, Civil Rights, Social Bias
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