This project has been part of the Erasmus+ programme, that is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe.
The general goal of the project was to improve Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) organisational and governance models through the exchange of experiences and good practices between the partners involved (pre-schools in Italy, Slovenia and Sweden). The partners represent different ECEC government and organisation examples.
What’s up in education was focused on two main topics:
organisational solutions that can improve ECEC services and contribute to increasing access
practices that can improve Families and community participation in the life of pre-school services
The main activities experienced during the project (Transnational meetings, Job shadowing, Local seminars) enable partners to share their own best practices and transfer and experiment some of them into their own communities.
Share and show the educational experience in various ways
Good and practical ideas:
Different tools and materials to document educational activities and learning process:
Weekly-monthly letter for parents
Materials created by children
From logbook of teachers involved in job shadowing…
“I was impressed by the practice of sleeping outdoors… the first day I was very worried and anxious…How could I hear if the children were crying or were waking up? Fortunately, the teachers reassured me.!”
“An insight into the functioning of their kindergartens has contributed to my professional growth. At the same time, during the exchange, I met great people who made the whole experience fantastic..”
“About freedom and chance of choice… We went for a walk with the children. Someone was sleeping on the stroller, someone was eating, others were chatting… very interesting!!”
“The trust in children and their abilities was an incentive, with which I returned to my own department and successfully integrated changes into it … both in the organisation of space and time, as well as in the pedagogical work itself.”
“They do a great job!!! Many new thoughts and insights, such as how they have built close and committed cooperation with parents and relatives, and how they have a clear introduction before the child begins preschool.”
“It is great that so many men work in these preschools. They have small spaces that they use in an incredibly conscious manner. These small spaces also make the teachers fully aware of everything that happens to the children… the teacher is incredibly present.”