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Inclusion in Kindergarten and elementary school
Start date: Dec 1, 2016, End date: Nov 30, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted on the 13th December 2006. Germany signed it on the 30th March 2007 in New York and ratified the Convention on the 24th February 2009. It is mandatory for Germany since the 26th March 2009. This was a first important step towards equality for the 8 million disabled people living in Germany."Education in early childhood is important, because it is the basis of lifelong learning. Implementation of inclusive pedagogy into day care centers and schools implies a rethink process of educational specialists, teachers, parents, school and kindergarten authorities”. This results in a paradigm shift. Inclusion means, that children with disabilities must not be treaten with a special needs education anymore, but with pedagogy where heterogeneity is the normal case. This new type of inclusive education in early childhood has already been taken for granted and was successfully implemented in other European countries. However, this paradigm shift in Germany implies that kindergarten management and nursery teacher have to achieve new competencies for a successful implementation of inclusion of children with disabilities. We make this application to develope these competencies.Target audience/group (80 persons) of this project is the qualified staff for vocational training of kindergarten/ day care center, specialist staff of vocational colleges and academies as well as kindergarten authorities. These participants are responsible for the vocationaltraining of the qualified staff and have a key position in terms of implementation of the European dimensions of training as well as quality and human resource development.The following objectives are pursued with the project:1. Set up a regional, national and European network of organisations, associations and institutions of early childhood education for improvement of mobility and inclusion.2. Increasing awareness for the importance of mobility and inclusion for participants in the field of nursery education/ pedagogical studies3. Distribution of European instruments for transparency and quality of mobility, for example the “Europass”.4. Establishment and provision of administrative and logistical competencies for facilities of early childhood education.5. Elucidate the importance of mobility and the necessary participation of people in the European life and working environment. The participants of this exchange project should compare their competencies with qualified staff of early childcare institutions in Spain, Italy, Iceland, Poland and Estonia and transfer these experiences into work and further education in their home institution. Therefore the ERASMUS+ project will begin at the first interface in the field of lifelong learning. This means in detail:- Comparison of training courses and study programs for nursery teacher / kindergarten teacher, kindergarten management between Germany and the host country.- Comparison of support programs on “Inclusion in early childcare education”.- Hosting, Job coaching and work shadowing in kindergarten/ day care centre in the field of “Inclusion in early childcare education”.- Transfer of potential models / modules in kindergarten/ day care centre in Germany and in the host country.These 5 flows will be completed before the end of 2018. The implementing agencies of this project are the district Paderborn with 97 organizations, the protestant congregation of Paderborn with 18 organizations, the Caritas Association for the diocese Paderborn e.V. with 620 organizations, the Kolping-Academy NRW with over 1000 participants at nursery level and the Kolping Bildungswerk Paderborn as applicant. Major task of these executing organizations is the professional qualification of teacher/staff/employees in kindergarten/ day care center and especially the kindergarten manager. The cooperation partners are working together closely due to an excellent qualification offering. Their experiences and competencies will be clustered to use the common resources to provide an attractive and good advanced training for qualified educational staff in Paderborn and the surrounding area.
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