In English

Emotion regulation skills are important skills for young children to learn, as these skills create a basis for children’s future learning skills, promote children’s general wellbeing and help children to form social relations with others. Early childhood education and care context is a rich learning environment, which creates a lot of situations where children face different socio-emotional challenges. Therefore this environment is also a place where children learn to regulate their emotions. To provide appropriate support for developing these skills, there is need for increasing early childhood professionals’ awareness of children’s emotion regulation processes and help them to see the possibilities everyday socio-emotional challenges provide for rehearsing and supporting these skills.

TunTuVa is a combination of two different developmental projects where the main aim is to increase early childhood professionals’ awareness of children’s emotion regulation processes and the ways to support them during socio-emotional challenges, which children face in everyday early childhood education and care settings.

Early childhood professionals awareness about children’s emotion regulation has been supported through 4T-model that is developed within the TunTuVa projects. 4T-model is a research based and tested training program. 4T comes from four Finnish words indicating “be aware”, “identify”, “support” and “monitor”. The use of 4T-model is made possible through online-material which supports and guides users to follow the different steps of the training program and also promote early childhood educators to discuss about these things together with their colleagues. 4T-model has got a lot of positive feedback and it has experienced really useful in early childhood education and care centers.

“4T-model gave us important theoretical understanding about children’s emotion regulation skills”

“4T-model led us to pay even more attention to childrens’ actions. Now we are not only seeing conflicts and problems but also noticing more the succeedings children has during the day.”

“The online-materials and especially the videos has succeed to explain the theoretical aspects of emotion regulation from really practical point of view.”

“4T-model helped us to find new working practices which make possible to support children’s emotion regulation skills in a better way during our busy everyday work”

TunTuVa projects are coordinated by the Learning and Educational Technology research unit (LET) from the university of Oulu and the responsible leader is Hanna Järvenoja (hanna.jarvenoja(at)oulu.fi.)