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The development of kindergarten age children (1-5)

The main aim of this project is to investigate toddlers’ and pre-schoolers’ skills in and between language and mathematics, and their social, emotional and motor behaviour.

An intermediate goal is to identify skills mastered by kindergarten age children, and which are important related to their later development in reading, spelling and mathematics. Another intermediate goal is to detect those children who have challenges in these areas as early as possible, in order to give them the help and support they need at an early stage. Another goal has also been to increase the competency of the professionals and staff who are around the children in kindergarten. The project has therefore offered and run 85 courses for kindergarten staff in the municipality of Stavanger.

The project period is from 2007 to 2018. The participants are more than 1300 children who were enrolled in the project before the age of 2 1/2. The data collection took place between 2008 and 2012, through structured observation. The children were observed in two three-month periods, starting at the ages of 2 1/2 and 4 1/2. The observations were undertaken through the use of observational schemes within the four areas language (TRAS), mathematics (MIO), social competency (Alle med) and motor skills (EYMSC). The observations were made in the children's familiar everyday situations in kindergarten, and kindergarten staff were in charge of making observations and registering mastering/partial mastering/non-mastering of skills within each of the four areas. Two staff members had to observe each child's level of mastery of the skills, independently of each other, before the charts were filled out.
Between 2013–2018 the main focus of this project is adaptating and publishing data.

Project manager: Elin Reikerås