18 May 2022- Ith Vuthy (Deputy for Program SEAMEO CECCEP) was a resource person in a virtual webinar held by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH). The webinar theme was “Ensuring Continuity of Learning in ECCD Amidst Varying Context and the Pandemic ”. A total of 300 participants from academics and practitioners from the Southeast Asian region attended the online seminar. This webinar was broadcasted live via social media such as YouTube and Facebook Live.
The webinar aimed to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood care and development during the pandemic and beyond; This webinar also seeked best practices of early childhood care and development at school and at home; and disseminate the Center’s knowledge products related to early childhood and care (ie, Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning, Inclusive PAUD).
In his presentation, Ith Vuthy explained about the ‘Roles of Parenting Skills in Early Childhood Learning Experience and Development’. He emphasized that relationships between parents and children needs to be good and strong. This relationship has a major influence on most aspects of a child’s development. In optimal and ideal way, parenting skills and behaviors have a positive impact on children’s self-esteem, school achievement, cognitive development, and behavior.
Furthermore, he also explained about the children abilities required in the 21st century. These abilities include basic literacy skills, competencies and quality characters. In an effort to support the quality of children’s abilities, collaboration between parents, schools and communities is needed.
The principles of innovative learning in early childhood, among others, must be based on Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP), which explains that teachers and parents deliver learning materials that must be in accordance with the development and needs of children. In addition, learning must be fun or joyful learning.
Joyful means that fun learning is a learning strategy and concept that is a combination of meaningful, contextual, constructivist, active and psychological. So that children really enjoy the learning that is followed.
Finally, parents need to provide love, protection and attention. Parents are also encouraged to provide sufficient time and positive learning environments for children to learn .