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Culturally responsive pedagogy in early childhood education

An overview of the research on culturally responsive pedagogy in early childhood settings.

Principles for culturally responsive teaching in early childhood education

A closer look at the key principles underlying culturally responsive teaching in early childhood settings.

How to support Māori children with culturally responsive teaching

Strategies for effectively supporting Māori children and whānau as Māori in early childhood settings.

How to use a superdiversity approach to work with migrant families in early childhood care and education settings

Understanding superdiversity and what it means in early childhood settings.

How to support recently immigrated children and families with culturally responsive practice

Strategies specifically designed to help you work with children and families who are recent immigrants to New Zealand.

Understanding the families you work with: Reflective questions to uncover cultural differences

A set of useful questions to help you notice and understand the beliefs, values and practices of diverse families.

How to avoid a tokenistic or ‘tourism’ approach to diversity

How to ensure that your approach to culturally responsive practice is genuine rather than tokenistic.

The role of pattern in children’s early mathematical understanding

How noticing and learning about patterns contributes to children's developing mathematical understanding.

Culturally responsive mathematics teaching in early childhood education

The importance of culture in children's early maths learning.

Strategies for talking with young children about growth mindsets

Strategies for talking to young children about developing and holding a growth mindset.

How to support positive food environments in early childhood settings

An introduction to practices that support children to develop a positive relationship with food and their bodies.

Supporting social and emotional competence for autistic children

Understanding the social and emotional strengths and needs of autistic children.

Social justice in early childhood education

An introduction to enacting the principles of social justice in early childhood settings.

Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance

An introduction to a rare but distinct form of autism.

Digital technologies in early childhood education

An introduction to the research on digital technologies and their impact on children’s learning, development and wellbeing.

What is digital play?

How to support digital play in early childhood settings.


Supporting positive food environments in early childhood settings

September 6 2023 Research shows that our mealtime and food experiences as children have a strong impact on our relationship with food as adults....

Curriculum design in schools report webinar

Panel Discussion Webinar: • Associate Professor Bronwyn Wood • Pauline Waiti• Barbara Ala’alatoa • Christine Parkinson • Seth Davies September 5, 2023 On September 4, The Education...

In consideration of educational tests: evil, necessary, or beneficial?

Monday August 28 Tests have a reputation for creating anxiety, not being accurate about what students actually know or can do, or for being unfair...

Supporting neurodivergent students in the classroom

Webinar with Dr Emily McDougal Tuesday August 22 Dr Emily McDougal (Anna Freud Centre) shares insights from her work into supporting neurodivergent students in schools...

Visual arts – a practical workshop

Dr Gai Lindsay provides a practical session focused on supporting teachers with their own art-making as well as their pedagogy around the visual arts in early childhood education.


Movement and Learning in Early Childhood Education infographic

The importance of movement and learning in early childhood education.

Visual Arts infographic

How children use visual arts and how teachers can help.

Supporting Early Maths infographic

How to support early mathematical thinking.

Curriculum design in early childhood education infographic

Tips for building an effective curriculum.

Social and emotional competence

Social emotional competence and how to support it in early childhood settings.


Teaching strategies for infants and toddlers: Anchoring

Using anchoring to support infants’ and toddlers’ exploration, learning, and emotional wellbeing

Sewing at Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten

Using one teacher’s background in fashion design to inspire children’s interest in sewing and design.

The purposeful design of indoor space

Using the language of space to invite children to play, engage, and create in a range of ways.

One student’s experience of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

A firsthand account of how undiagnosed OCD profoundly affected one student's experiences at school.

Science and kaitiakitanga: a relationship in harmony 

Using science for children to learn how to protect and nurture their environment.
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