ICT at BNHRE - why establishing the Center for Early IT Education?
CT forms a major part of the BNHRE’s early years practice.  Technology is one of the tools children learn by and ICT runs throughout our centre supporting and engaging staff, children, families and carers.  

Via our members, we offer training in all aspects of using technology in the early years including:

·         Planning for ICT

·         Using ICT in the outdoor learning environment

·         Using ICT for observation and assessment

·         Using Digital cameras to support learning

·         Appropriate software and ICT resources

·         ICT and independence

·         Basic skills for practitioners

·         ICT in socio-dramatic play

·         ICT and creativity

·         Remote controls and programmable toys

We also offer support for practitioners, families and carers by providing outreach programs and regular Internet cafes and drop-ins where they can develop their own skills, enjoy playing with technology alongside their children, or find out more about ICT in the early years.

The work of the BNHRE Center for Early ICT Education is based around four Themes, linked to an important Principle:

  • A Unique Child - Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Positive Relationships - Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
  • Enabling Environments - The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.
  • Learning and Development - Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.

BNHRE working on the Risks and Challenges in early ICT socialisation

As online security problems and antisocial behaviours (e.g. cyber bullying, game/internet addiction) become well known and wide-spread, we are becoming more aware of the need to foster digital citizenship through safe and responsible use of ICT.

We deliver research and projects to recognize the critical importance of early childhood in this. It is during the first years of life when the child’s brain is developing at an incredible speed and they are acquiring new knowledge and skills in their environment, particularly through interactions with people around them. In so doing, important social and emotional development takes place, and habits and core values, such as empathy, peer social skills and emotional control, are formed – much before they start school

Again, it is possible but more difficult to modify these habits and values later in their life. Therefore, we work on providing parents and families as well as early years practitioners with information and guidance on safe and effective use of ICT is critical not only to promote these young children’s safety and optimal development in early childhood but also to prevent future problems when they grow older. 

"Media, in particular, electronic media, has gained an astonishingly ubiquitous presence in the lives of the children around the globe. Research done on the learning of North American and European children has discovered that as much as 80 per cent of knowledge they gain by the age of 11 is learnt from the non-print media outside the classroom. "

"We dont just need to invest in early ICT education, but we must be also aware of the risks that the cyberspace impose to our children. We have to act for a safer Internet; against cyber-bulling and hate crimes online, because they all affect the present and future lives of our children."

2015 UNESCO Report on Early ICT Education