High quality education and care from a very early age creates a good foundation for lifelong learning, especially for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Equity in education is not yet realized for children from poor backgrounds, migrant families or parents with low education. The aim of this project is to strengthen the education of reflective practitioners to give toddlers (18-36 months of age) a fair chance for lifelong learning.
The cooperative approach
The project brings together experienced teacher trainers from 9 partner countries to share, examine and develop different approaches to support toddlers’ learning. The tasks of the project have been divided between the partners according to their strengths and experience. Teaching materials will be developed as a result of the work undertaken by each partner.
These materials will enable students and early years’ practitioners to explore strategies and examine examples of good practice.
The partners will collate examples of good practice in their own countries and these will be stored on a virtual learning environment designed especially for the project. One day seminars will be arranged in three countries to disseminate the project ideas and findings to students, policy makers, parents and practitioners in the field. At the final conference in Ghent, Belgium in 2013, the tangible results, as well as the recommendations gained through the project, will be presented to European professionals and politicians.
The main outcomes of the project are two courses based upon the methods, guidelines, tools and best practices developed and tested by the partners:
- A European in-service course for Early Years Practitioners working in toddler settings will be launched in the Comenius/Grundtvig training database
A course module for students in initial training for Early Childhood education and care will be embedded into the Bachelor programs of the partner institutions and offered in the national language
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