Written by Emeritus Prof Marjory Ebbeck, Dr Hoi Yin Bonnie Yim, and Dr Sheela Warrier, this paper reports on a research study in Singapore that investigated the perspectives of early childhood teachers regarding the value of outdoor play and their teaching practices. The findings reveal that teachers enjoy conducting outdoor activities but face challenges such as the lack of physical and human resources.
Written by Emeritus Professor Marjory Ebbeck, this expert article highlights the importance of identifying a child’s temperament and its influence on early education and development. Understanding children’s temperament can help parents and teachers recognise and understand underlying factors that facilitate or hinder healthy development. This article also provides insights and expert’s advice on the implication this brings to parents and educators alike.
Written by Dr Tzuo Pei-Wen, Dr Tan Liang See, Dr Liang Jyh-Chong and Yong Foong Ling (NFC curriculum specialist), this paper highlights the differences in how teachers’ and parents’ view the professionalism of early childhood teachers (PECT). A mixed-method research is conducted on 219 parents and teachers from multiple preschool settings to investigate the gaps in the perception of PECT. As such perception gaps form obstacles between the two parties, the paper puts forward ways in which these views could be aligned and how teachers can foster better school-home partnerships.