European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA)

At the EECERA we care about education. This is one of our main motivators, and the reason why we always try to expand our offer and give you new opportunities to work on yourself and your own education.

The association aims to help researchers gain the best opportunities for research and help them make advances in their professional career. The research association also frequently announces papers in the education subject and we try to give scholarships for young researchers and make it possible for them to work in the scientific field.

Why Is Early Childhood Education Important?

kidsEarly childhood education is a much researched topic, however since the area of this research covers many fields, it is only expected that many new facts keep being discovered. Early childhood is the period of a child’s life when our brains have the best capacity for learning and absolute plasticity. This is why children are able to pick up new skills with ease, much more so than adult learners. This is particularly reflective when it comes to learning a new language. When children are very young, it can be said that they do not learn a language, so much as they acquire it. Children who speak more than one native language, are called bilingual, but there are also instances when a child will acquire even more than two languages. Early education is not so much education, as it mere exposure. The reason why we cannot claim that children learn a language at such a very young age is simple – the process of learning is a conscious process. The children who are acquiring a language are doing so unconsciously. They do not take time to make notes about new words, grammar or idioms, but rather they simply produce and reproduce language that they hear. The reason for all this lies in the absolute wonder which we call our brain. The brain soaks up the language structures and without even noticing it learns the rules of the grammar. The children are of course making mistakes, but with adult correction, they soon fluently speak their native language or their native languages in case of multi-lingual children.