Parents in Flanders, Belgium, tell through pictures what their children learn at home by playing. Two months without school and preschool. Two months without learning? Not at all, because playing is learning!
How do you create Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) environments that support children’s development in a holistic way, taking into account the diverse needs of children and families, with special attention to the ones at risk of social exclusion? The aim of the EDUCAS project is to do just that – create child and family friendly learning spaces in ECEC centers.
Who is involved?
VBJK (ISSA Member) of Belgium is coordinator of this international project. Two research centers also join the project, University of Parma in Italy and Center for Innovative Education (ISSA Member) in Lithuania. ISSA contributes to the project with its vast network for dissemination activities and two ECEC centers in each country (Belgium, Italy, Lithuania) work alongside researchers to re-think ECEC spaces within an educare approach.
What is the aim?
The project’s overall goal is to create ECEC environments that support children’s development in a holistic way, taking into account the diverse needs of children and families, with special attention to the ones at risk of social exclusion.
How does EDUCAS do this?
After a thorough examination of existing visions and methods related to organizing ECEC environments, this three-year project will create locally developed Continuous Professional Development paths that are tailored to the contexts in which the six ECEC centers are working. The project aims to improve the organization of these ECEC centers’ space and materials within the educare approach.
The methods used, as well as the experiences identified during this project will be used to develop a Training Kit and Recommendations for policy and practice that are relevant for both the local and EU levels.
This project is funded by the Erasmus+ program, K2
Photo: © VBJK - Caroline Boudry
While the COVID-19 has impacted the activities of the EDUCAS project, partners have found ways to adjust their work.
Our conversation with Erica Catelli who works at the Gelsomino ECEC Center about her learnings from the EDUCAS project so far.
Our conversation with Roberta Plekavičienė, a preschool teacher at Aukštelkė about her learnings from the EDUCAS project so far.
This literature review, written under the EDUCAS project, investigates the meanings, relevance, and importance of physical indoor and outdoor space in early childhood education and care (ECEC) services for children from birth to school age. Authors map, synthesize and critically analyze the...