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Welcome and Introduction

Project team members work daily in multicultural surroundings and have written this website to support educators on the topic of settling children into a multilingual setting. This website was created with professional modern early years centres in mind to help them provide children with a positive settling-in experience regardless of their cultural, social, and emotional background. 

This website focuses on: 

  • Welcoming children to kindergarten 

  • Working with families on how to expand their child's community to include peers and non-family members 

  • Providing tools and skills to foster prosilience 

A compilation of theory and personal stories and tips from experienced educators as well as collected knowledge from all partner institutions are also included. The following sections offer ideas and reflections of respectful pedagogical methods geared towards children between 11 months and 7 years old. 

This research guides educators with case studies, reflective questions and theory. At the beginning of each section there is a case study which will be discussed through relative theory and practical tips. This allows the reader to apply the theory to practical everyday situations in order to promote prosilience. Practical tips and case studies are included for educators to help children grow confidence and feel secure about transitioning into new environments.  The concept of prosilience used in this handbook refers to preparing children for any situation they may encounter not only in kindergarten but throughout the rest of their lives. The authors use the term prosilience not as a reactive way to deal with trauma but as a proactive way to help foster confident and secure children. It is specifically applied to the settling in process discussed in this website. 

This website will aid educators in their lifelong learning process and will promote best practice and positive pedagogy in working with young children. 

THE IMPORTANCE OF LOVE AND AFFECTION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD 

In this website, we take an empathetic, child-centred and affectionate approach to teaching and caretaking in early childhood in an institutionalized setting. We are convinced that the emotional sphere, love, affection and empathy are vital to a child’s development and a fundamental aspect in institutionalized care as well as in the home. Feelings and emotions play a tremendous role in raising healthy and stable children, it is an undeniable aspect of human life, parenting and teaching. Translating emotions and feelings into facts and numbers, however, has been rather unexplored for a long time. In recent years, the scientific field of feelings and emotions and their impact on human life, especially in early childhood, has grown. It has grown to the extent that it is now possible to scientifically prove the importance of love and affection in early childhood and its impact on the child’s brain development, cognitive development, psychological development, physical development and more.  

All aspects mentioned in this website fall back on the fundamental idea of a respectful, empathetic and affectionate way of interacting with one another. Not only is this essential for the child’s development as a whole but also does it teach children a way of meeting people in a certain mindset, the way the children have been met before by their parents and teachers. It equips them with a view on the world and others that is shaped by respect, empathy, love and affection based on their personal experiences in the home and in an institutionalized setting. These children will be able to pass it on because they have experienced it first-hand.