Early Childhood Education and Care News
June 29, 2021
Welcome this week, new research on executive function in early childhood, also, meet the wonderful Jessica Crooks, sustainability champion at Guardian McKinnon in Victoria.
External factors may help children develop internal control
Following a surge of research in early childhood executive function - a set of mental skills that includes working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control - a new investigation proposes that rather than being an internal system that develops over time for children, it develops with 'many influences' from outside the mind.

The development of executive function is critical to a broad range of human skills and is tied to long-term outcomes for adulthood. It has been shown to play a role in everything from children's readiness for school to their social relationships.

"We propose that executive function is really about using cues from the environment to guide your behaviour," said research team leader, assistant professor Sammy Perone, Washington State University.
Educator in the spotlight: Jessica Crooks
Every month we showcase an outstanding early childhood educator to showcase the wonderful work happening around the country and to motivate and inspire other educators.

This week we are delighted to introduce you to Jessica Crooks the sustainability champion at Guardian's McKinnon service in Victoria.

If you work with someone who deserves to be profiled email editor@careforkids.com.au and let us know!
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