‘I like it here, it feels like a second home’
The role of ECEC spaces in joining education and care
When: Thursday, December 10th │10:00 - 11:30 CET
Description: Register here
How can an ECEC space be warm and welcoming? How can we foresee a ‘space’ (physically and mentally/emotionally) also for families? How can we listen to children’s voices? How can we join learning and playing? How can we value the educational identity of the sleeping, eating, hygiene moments? And what does all this mean today, in the COVID-19 pandemic situation?
During the interactive session, partners from the EDUCAS Project from Belgium, Italy and Lithuania will share lessons learned and insights concerning the role of ECEC (Early Childhood Education and Care) spaces in promoting an ‘educare’ approach (education and care as intertwined). The EDUCAS project aims to create ECEC environments that holistically support children’s development, taking into account the diverse perspectives of people involved in the process (children, parents, and professionals).
The partners from the three countries involved will engage in small groups and whole group discussions with participants on these themes. You will learn the different meanings that ‘space’ can have for children, families, practitioners/teachers, and how we can support ECEC staff in reflecting on their practice in order to promote an educare approach in the organization of their ECEC environments.
We will use a wide range of visuals and illustrations from the practice during the session to trigger the discussions. Join us to create together a welcoming, cozy, and inspiring space!
Caroline Boudry, VBJK Center for Innovation in the Early Years (Belgium)
Nima Sharmahd, VBJK, Center for Innovation in the Early Years (BE), University of Liège (BE), University of Florence (IT)Nima is Senior Researcher at VBJK (Center for Innovation in the Early Years) in Ghent (Belgium).
Sara Berti, UNIPR Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Industries of the University of Parma (Italy)
Regina Sabaliauskiene, Director of the Center for Innovative Education in Lithuania. Regina has more than 20 years of experience as international trainer and consultant. Her main areas of expertise are teacher professional development, with special focus on quality and inclusive education. She contributed to the development of the ISSA Quality Resource pack.
Austėja Landsbergienė, Ph.D. Founder of a private chain of pre-schools "Vaikystės sodas" and Queen Morta school, accreditation team member for the Council of International Schools, educational consultant to the Lithuanian State.
Roberta Plekavičienė, Dubysos aukstupio school special educator (speech therapist), representative of EDUCAS project in the institution.