Build a more inclusive society supporting ECEC educators for the development of socio-emotional compenteces in pre-school children (BE-CHILD)
The early years in human life (from birth to 6 y.o.) are the most formative for developing the foundational competencies and learning dispositions that influence greatly later education employment prospects, wider life achievements, and satisfaction. European Council Recommendation on Key Competencies for lifelong learning reiterates the pivotal role that early childhood education and care (ECEC)can play in promoting learning of all children, their well-being and development and highlights the importance of supporting competence development in early years education with a focus on socio-emotional competencies (SEC) (self-esteem, self-confidence, empathy, independence, solidarity, resilience, communication,etc.). In the “White Paper on the Future of Europe,” the Commission highlights that “it is likely that most children entering primary school today will end up working in new job types that do not yet exist” and this “will require a massive investment in skills and a major rethink of education and lifelong learning systems”.
The aim of the BE-CHILD project is to boost quality of ECEC educators’ professional profile for successful development of SEC for pre-school children to help them fostering awareness in relation equality and diversity, handling a good transition from different levels and types of education and to better seize the professional opportunities and choose their own path in the labor market since an early age.
Such a project will lead to the following innovative elements:
- Arise children’s curiosity and strengthen their motivation bringing out their creative talents;
- Offer ECEC educators’ the suitable competencies to evaluate and address adequately children’s level of skills and maturity for being more inclusive and to better face the transition to primary school;
- Using a common approach for teaching these competencies in different Member States, the project will also promote transnational trust and cooperation, as well as the collaboration among the different types of stakeholders across the EU.
The main results expected within the project will be the Compendium of good practices in teaching socio-emotional competencies in early childhood education and care – ECEC (age 0-6) and BE-CHILD Educational Toolkit. This toolkit will include good practices, experimental tools, learning, and playful activities together with practical guidelines for the toolkit implementation. The project will bring up long-term benefits such as innovative classroom methodologies which will help to create more effective learning settings; it will introduce nursery schools, kindergarten, and preschools to child-centered pedagogical approaches to better sustain children’s overall development; it will make sure that a constructive collaboration between educators, children, parents, and the whole ECEC community is established.
The project will gather 8 project partners coming from 6 EU countries where the development of SEC from the EC among nursery schools, kindergartens and pre-schools are highly required. During the course of the project, there will be five planned face-to-face meetings, as follows: M1 – Prague (CZ), M8 – Tallinn (EE), M16 – Sofia (BG), M23 – Rome (IT), M30 – Reykjavik (IS).
Period of project implementation: 1.12.2019 – 31.05.2022
Project number: 2019-1-IS01-KA201-051137
Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.