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ECVET and ECTS - Growing Links in European Education
Start date: Oct 1, 2012,

The Council conclusions on early childhood education and care (ECEC) were providing all our children with the best start for the world of tomorrow. This causes huge DEMANDS within the sector and in VET, because the situation in the EU differs and a lack of well trained staff has been stated by recent research. So the Commission and the OECD decided to boost high quality early childhood education and care to provide a wide range of short- and long-term benefits for both individuals and society at large (2011/C 175/03).The EAGLE project TARGETs are to find solutions for assessing learning outcomes as basis of validation and recognition and to gain increased transparency of competences and qualifications for VET providers, labour market /welfare organisations, social partners and authorities. Linking ECVET and ECTS, fostering permeability in EQF and NQFs plus addressing the need for qualified professionals in ECEC are major objectives.The CONSORTIUM covers 5 EU countries with 13 partners: VET-providers, universities, sector’s specific labour market, 2 policy-makers: 1 regional ministry and 1 municipality. They collaborate in terms of shared duties with Munich University of Applied Sciences by face to face meeting, video conferences, etc.Their STRATEGIES to develop innovation start at ECVET principles as reference system. A three part approach of METHODS (research, development, revision) leads to the expected RESULTS:• a research report• a brand new assessment tool for VET linking ECVET and ECTS• a compendium published online in English, German and French to ensure transferaility to target groups• and insights about transversal collaboration – VET and higher education - in ECEC sector and in general.The main IMPACT envisaged concerns the transparency of the qualification system underlying ECEC staff education, as well as the improvement of co-operation among partners in the sector of education for ECEC staff and in different EU member states.
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