Experiences of early childhood educators: Consequences of Covid-19 pandemic on children, parents, and early childhood education in Turkey


  • Zeynep Temiz Department of Early Childhood Education, Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey University, Karaman, Turkey
  • Simge Yılmaz-Uysal Department of Early Childhood Education, Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey
  • Şenil Ünlü Department of Early Childhood Education, Kırıkkale University, Kırıkkale, Turkey




COVID-19, early childhood education, rural areas, low-SES children


This study explores the early childhood education teachers experiences of continuing educational activities with children living in low SES rural districts of Turkey during COVID-19 pandemic. In order to achieve this task phone interviews were conducted with 18 pre-school teachers working in low SES districts. Interviews were audio recorded and basic qualitative analysis was utilized on transcribed data. Findings revealed that early childhood teachers make an effort to sustain their communication and educational activities with both children and parents during school closures, yet it does not sustainable during the whole semester. Teachers’ main concerns were related to loss of learning outcomes during home confinement and its negative consequences in the future for low-SES children. Parents lack of ability to deal with their children at home resulted in increased use of screen time and lack of distance education opportunities for young children living in poverty additional concerns of teacher working with low-SES children.


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How to Cite

Temiz, Z., Yılmaz-Uysal, S., & Ünlü, Şenil. (2023). Experiences of early childhood educators: Consequences of Covid-19 pandemic on children, parents, and early childhood education in Turkey. Southeast Asia Early Childhood Journal, 12(2), 166–180. https://doi.org/10.37134/saecj.vol12.2.10.2023