Center for Preschool and Inclusive Education, Ilia State University, Georgia
Khatuna Dolidze,

Supporting Development of Early Inclusive Education in Tbilisi Kindergartens

Supporting  Development of Early Inclusive Education in Tbilisi Kindergartens is a project aiming to support development of early childhood inclusive education: 1) by empowering mainstream kindergarten teachers and specialists working in kindergartens through modelling, practicing and sharing experiences, 2) by training Tbilisi Kindergarten Management Agency monitors/advisory team in observing, assessing and monitoring skills, using service standards developed by UNICEF Georgia and 3) by developing and conducting university accredited certificated courses for kindergarten practitioners and future teachers.

In addition two kindergartens were transformed into training centres for placing students during practicums and served as models for best practice. The achievements in the project included the introduction of peer supervision in practice based trainings in Kindergarten centres and the creation of 2 6ECT university based courses on Early Inclusive Education. The courses are shared with other regional Universities. The project can be scaled up by increasing  accessibility of professionals beyond the current two kindergarten centres.