Social Relationships, Cooperation and Reflection in Early Childhood
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Sotsiaalsed suhted, koostöö ja tagasisidestamine koolieelses eas
Course title in English
Social Relationships, Cooperation and Reflection in Early Childhood
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2021/2022  Autumn semester
Kerstin Kööp (language of instruction:Estonian)
lecturer of 2021/2022  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To provide an overview of creating and keeping positive relationships in a group of preschool-aged children; to support the formation of the students' skills for shaping a socially safe growth environment and group work in a preschool establishment; to provide knowledge about the possibilities and forms of cooperation between a preschool establishment and family; to create opportunities for shaping the cooperation and family counselling skills necessary for a preschool teacher through practical activities.
Brief description of the course
The following topics will be covered in the lectures:
Home and kindergarten as growth environments. Family and kindergarten as cooperation partners. Principles of partnership: respect and trust. Educational partnership as expert interaction, divided education task, support for the child. Communication between pedagogues and parents, team work.
Different possibilities and forms of cooperation. Family education and counselling. The teacher's role as a counsellor.
Appraisals in kindergarten. Sociability and social relationships in kindergarten. Theoretical bases of the concept of bullying behaviour, its manifestation and research. Methods and means for preventing bullying behaviour. "A kindergarten free of bullying" and "Persona Dolls" methodology.
Creating and maintaining positive behaviour models in a children's group. Solving dilemmas and conflicts between different parties. Relationship at different levels and the assessment of their effectiveness
The functioning of teamwork and communication between the team at a preschool establishment. Including a teacher's assistant in educational activities
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- supports the development of children's social skills;
- is able to use bullying prevention methodologies in a group of children;
- cooperates with parents and colleagues;
- is able to plan and conduct a parent-teacher conference.
Kerstin Kööp, MA