Division for Educational Planning

Children want to talk – Short films on learning opportunities at www.kinder-4.ch

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Children learn more in their early years than at any later stage of their lives. Sixty-five video clips provided by the Department of Education of the Canton of Zurich at the website www.children-4.ch illustrate the many things that occur as children discover their world. The video clips convey vividly to parents and other caregivers the many valuable opportunities for learning in everyday life and how adults can support children attentively and promote children’s development.

Video clips for parents and professionals

The video clips are 2-4 minutes long. They are available in 13 languages: in the four official languages of Switzerland (German, French, Italian, Romansh) and in nine other languages: Albanian, Arabic, English, Portuguese, Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian, Spanish, Tamil, Tigrinya, and Turkish.

The video clips are for parents and caregivers of young children as well as for early childhood education and care professionals. They are meant to be a source of inspiration, provide information, and encourage adults to identify and make use of learning opportunities for young children in everyday life.

Video clip «Table drumming»: One of the «early language acquisition» video clips at www.kinder-4.ch

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This «early language acquisition» video clip shows a family with a young child sitting at the table and doing a fingerplay.

Video clip series 2014 and 2019

The Department of Education of the Canton of Zurich made the first series of video clips on learning opportunities for children up to age 4 available in 2014. The 2019 video clips on early language acquisition complement the first series. Also available are six commentary films on children’s language acquisition and further resources.

The framework

The video clips on learning opportunities for children up to age 4, available since 2014, are based on the «Orientierungsrahmen für die frühkindliche Bildung, Betreuung und Erziehung» (2012) [Orientation framework for early childhood education and care in Switzerland], which was published by the Swiss UNESCO commission and the Swiss childcare network. The 2019 series of video clips on early language acquisition is based on «Supporting Early Language Acquisition: A Conceptual Framework for Improving Language Education in the Early Years» (2017), authored by the Thurgau University of Teacher Education in collaboration with the Marie Meierhofer Children’s Institute and commissioned by the Department of Education of the Canton of Zurich.

Funding

The film projects were made possible thanks to the support of the Lottery Fund of the Canton of Zurich (both series of video clips), Mercator Foundation Switzerland (both series), the Jacobs Foundation, and the Viktor Dürrenberger-Stiftung. 

Responsible

Stephan Pfäffli 

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