Transitions in ECEC services: the experience of children from migrant families

The study explored the experience of young children from migrant families during their first entry into an early childhood education and care (ECEC) service and analysed how the children cope with
the new context, which is socially, culturally and linguistically different from their home. The activities and social behaviour of two groups of children, aged from 18 to 36 months and 36-48 months, respectively, were filmed during everyday life in the ECEC service. Videos were integrated with ethnographic notes produced by teachers. The analysis showed the difficulties children from migrant families experienced during the transition from home to the ECEC service, as well as the competences they used to face the new experience. The analysis also highlighted how their experience in the service developed over the year and which practices supported their wellbeing, participation in activities and interactions with peers and adults. The findings provide useful suggestions for improving practices in ECEC contexts characterized by super-diversity.

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Mariacristina Picchio
Susanna Mayer
EECERA :, Worcester (Worcester College of Higher Education, Henwick Grove, Worcester WR2 6AJ) , Regno Unito
European early childhood education research journal (Online) (2019): 1–12. doi:10.1080/1350293X.2019.1579552
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