There is no quality without equity in early childhood education and care settings

The high quality, inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) is an essential foundation for children’s successful lifelong health, learning, social integration, and personal development. It can also help close the achievement gap for children from vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and provide them with the best start in life. Yet, ECEC facilities, approaches and services have not always been designed and professionals prepared  to meet the pluralistic needs of all children and their families.

What Diversity + project aims to?

To address these challenges Diversity+ aims to provide ECEC professionals, managers and practitioners with governance, benchmarking, recognition and professionalization tools to help them transform their practice and open up to diversity that exists among children and families.

What are we going to do?

This three-year project will develop concrete and practical resources that offer a structured and supported approach to quality inclusive service design. The toolkit will  contain:

  • A Diversity+ Charter to set out the minimum requirements for an ECEC organisation to be considered as “Diversity positive”;
  • An interactive digital Assessment tool which ECEC practitioners and managers will be able to use to assess current services and track improvements;
  • An “European Qualification Framework” (EQF) profile and training resources to profile key knowledge, skills and attitudes required to respond to individual needs of children from different backgrounds or with special educational needs
  • A set of thirty interactive games that will help ECEC practitioners to work with children on recognizing and addressing biases, prejudice, discrimination, and exclusion, to sustain critical thinking in children, and support them to speak out for themselves and others, and threat everybody with empathy and respect regardless of their origin, gender, background, level of abilities, language and other existing differences.

Who is involved?

The project is led by the Italian partner CIAPE, and it involves other partners such as Link Campus University in Italy, Aspire-Igen in UK, Fondatsiya na Biznesa za Obrazovani in Bulgaria, Skola Dokoran in Slovakia, and Skola Empirika in the Czech Republic. ISSA contributes to the project by providing technical support for the development of different tools and  resources, and leads its dissemination activities.  

 

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