Empowering Young Children in the Digital Age

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Digitalisation is transforming education as well as social and economic life, with implications for childhood. Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), with its immense potential to shape children’s early development, learning and well-being, can play a major role in addressing the opportunities and risks that digitalisation brings to young children. Digitalisation also creates new ways of working that have the potential to lead to quality improvement in the ECEC sector. This report provides a 360-degree view of the challenges of digitalisation in ECEC and possible policy responses.


Early childhood education curriculum and pedagogy in the digital age

This chapter discusses rationales for and ways to adapt curriculum frameworks and pedagogical approaches in light of the digital transformation. Curriculum frameworks can capture emerging trends that shape childhood and early childhood education and care (ECEC) and thereby constitute a core policy lever for making ECEC responsive to digitalisation. The chapter presents the notion of early digital literacy and discusses its integration into ECEC curriculum frameworks across countries. It discusses pedagogical approaches that can support a future-oriented curriculum framework and foster early digital literacy development, including through approaches that do not require screen exposure. Finally, the chapter reviews various digital tools that can be used with young children in ECEC settings and the principles for ensuring age-appropriate uses.



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