By exploring the key issues, arguments and messages that exist in the field, Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Early Childhood provides an international, comparative look at aspects of early childhood education and care. Pedagogical practices, learning cultures and the professional development of practitioners are considered within the wider political agenda of different countries. Pertinent policy and practice issues, such as numeracy and literacy, are carefully examined. Theodora Papatheodorou and Janet Moyles highlight how important it is to engage with and listen to children, to provide positive learning encounters.

Pedagogic Activities for Early Education in a Child-to-Child Programme in South Africa

Pedagogic activities for early education in a child-to-child programme in South Africa
MaryJames and HasinaEbrahim


This chapter presents preliminary findings from a qualitative study which explored pedagogic activities in a child-to-child programme aimed at early education. The Little Elephant Training Centre for Early Education (LETCEE) in rural KwaZulu-Natal initiated The Buddy Programme which used children between the ages of 8 and 13 years to promote early education for young children who were unable to access centre-based provision. The chapter begins with a discussion on the context for child participation. The thematic discussions shed light on pedagogic activities which are supportive of early education through community building, affirming local culture and the introduction of school culture. ...

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