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Razvoj internacionalizacije i kvalitetnih programa u dječjem vrtiću
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

According to conclusions of European Council and European Commission from 2011, Early childhood education and care provides wide span of short-term and long-term benefits for individuals and whole society. Early Childhood Education and Care is the essential foundation for successful lifelong learning, social integration, personal development and later employability. It is especially important for children with fewer opportunities, social and educational obstacles, special needs. Those obstacles often lead to early school leaving and transfer of poverty to the next generation. Their inclusion in kindergarten stops the cycle of obstacles they face. Development of quality schools and programs in the educational system strongly affect the strategy EUROPA 2020 which 5th goal is fight against poverty and social exclusion. To accomplish these goals it is necessary to develop staff competences, new quality programes and services and to improve and modernize the existed. One of our project goals is to develop linguistic, digital, communicational, presentational, intercultural and professional competences of our staff. The second goal is development of long-term and sustainable internalisation school plan to improve curriculum, our programes and services, to implement new innovative teaching methods. The third project goal is to improve our quality of inclusive practice and education, to ensure human rights and meet the needs of children and families with fewer opportunities. Our project team consists of qualified professionals - five teachers, headteacher, psychologist and speech therapist. They have experience in presentation of their work, school curriculum, educational programes, projects, scientific papers, children activities at local, regional and national level. Most of them have experience in dissemination in media, eTwinning platform and other social networks. Preparatory project activities cover school needs analysis, estimation and determination of goals ,results and impact we want to achieve, a selection of courses, cooperation with the partner school. Mobility phase of the project includes participation in structured courses, insight in European educational practice, study visits to kindergartens, schools and universities, job shadowing, new contacts and cooperation with European colleagues, realisation of new projects. The main topics we want to address are: New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses; Inclusion - equity; Teaching and learning of foreign languages. The first topic would include two structured courses which would attend headteacher, psychologist - project coordinator and two pre-school teachers in France and Belgium. The second topic includes the job shadowing activity for speech therapist and pre-school teacher in Great Britain. The third topic includes CLIL methodology course in Great Britain for our two pre-school teachers. Main project activities also include dissemination inside and outside of our kindergarten, implementation of acquired knowledge, competences and skills in the curriculum, project evaluation. The expected impact on participants is improvement of personal and professional competences, change in attitudes related with international orientation, multiculturalism, fewer opportunities groups and diversity in education, certificate acquisition. Impact on the organisation includes development of long-term school policy internalisation plan, integration of innovative, modern teaching methods and transversal skills, new projects with schools in Europe and Asia, improvement of our inclusive educational practice. For the children we expect better learning outcomes and improvement of their linguistic, digital, cognitive, social, emotional and citizenship competences; easier transfer to primary education level. For the parents we expect more participation and inclusion in school programes, projects, activities, better cooperation and partnership. The third target group of our project are professionals in Eary Childhood Education and Care system. We would like to transfer acquired knowledge and experience through training events. We consider this project has short-term and long-term effects and benefits.

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