Project Description

The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, 2017-1-CZ01-KA201-035409.

This project explored the possibilities of cooperation among informal education settings with the pre-schools aiming to support the inclusion of children from socially disadvantaged or culturally different environments. The informal education settings include foundations, NGOs, daycare centers, and children centers. During the course of the previous project, there was discovered weak cooperation between pre-schools and informal educators especially in helping to reach parents and children to overcome the cultural, social and emotional barriers when entering and sustaining in the formal educational settings.

The goal of the GSA project was to draw out innovative recommendations based on the best practices in partner countries on how they work with families and children from socioeconomically disadvantaged or culturally different environments such as migrant and Roma families, in order to prepare children to enter formal education and sustain. Accordingly, the project intended to prevent early school leaving (ESL) through engaging with socially and economically disadvantaged children at an early stage. Together with our partner organizations, we identified the main activities, methods, programs, and strategies that are currently used to support pre-school children and their families at risk. Furthermore, we explored how they could be transferred to other countries. The identification and exchange of best practices equipped organizations and professionals with new methodologies and a larger toolbox to tackle issues surrounding socially disadvantaged children. Strengthened cooperation and coordination among stakeholders such as families, pre-schools and informal educators is paramount to achieve a higher quality ECEC and to identify and support vulnerable cases at an early stage.

The main activities of the project included elaboration of report on the national policies of inclusive ECEC in partner countries, description of inclusive strategies, methods and practices applied in informal pre-school settings in partner countries, preparing of training program and organization of three Joint Staff Trainings and development of Good Practice Guide to Inclusive ECEC based also on evaluations gathered during piloting phase in non formal settings (at least 3 per country). At the end of the project, final online conference was organized in Prague to bring together professionals, experts, researchers and actors working in the field of project domain also in the other EU Member States than those involved in a partnership.

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.


The project is carried out in partnership with:

Centrum för flexibelt lärande (CFL), Hälsinglands utbildningsförbund (Sweden) http://www.hufb.se

Tiny Signers (United Kingdom) http://www.tinysigners.co.uk/

SPOLECZNA AKADEMIA NAUK (Poland) http://www.san.edu.pl/

Skola dokoran – Wide Open School n. o. (Slovakia) http://www.skoladokoran.sk/