Inclusion in early childhood education: six keys for the future

In this course we deal with six important keys for the teacher/educator in early childhood education to provide, in an inclusive way, quality in education. These keys are: a holistic view on development, adjustments, collaboration, communication, reflection and ethos.
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Inclusion in early childhood education: six keys for the future
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The UNESCO Salamanca Statement is still a hot topic. In June 1994 representatives of 92 governments and 25 international organisations formed the World Conference on Special Needs Education, held in Salamanca, Spain. They agreed a dynamic new Statement on the education of all disabled children, which called for inclusion to be the norm. In addition, the Conference adopted a new Framework for Action, the guiding principle of which is that ordinary schools should accommodate all children, regardless of their physical, intellectual, social, emotional, linguistic or other conditions. With the sustainable development goals (2015-2030) the United Nations focus on quality of education, equity of gender and social inclusion on all levels. In this course we deal with six important keys for the teacher/educator in early childhood education to provide, in an inclusive way, quality in education. These keys are: a holistic view on development, adjustments, collaboration, communication, reflection and ethos. We focus on the importance of an process orientated way of working which is dealing with the holistic development of the child (2,5 – 8 year). This is a large but important challenge. In the context of the school adjustments are very important. We want to stress on universal design of learning. As a teacher we are not working on an island. In collaboration we have different models to work with in the classroom, the school and organisations related to the school. Communication next to collaboration makes inclusion effective. In the way teachers and colleagues are working, reflection is very important. In an inclusive school we have to build on good fundaments. We need ethos, a good vision and mission on inclusive education. We want to stimulate equal possibilities for every child with different backgrounds. In these keys we combine good practices from different countries in Europe. The good practices are situated in Turkey, Denmark, The Netherlands, Portugal, Flanders-Belgium and Lithuania and we focus on children between 2,5 and 8 years old. This KA1 structured course is the result of an Erasmus+ KA2 project “GO PRINCE: Good Practices in Inclusive Education in Early Childhood Education” www.goprince.eu (2014-2017). The seven project partners are: the Northumbria University from Newcastle United Kingdom, the ESEC Coimbra from Coimbra Portugal, the University College SYD in Esbjerg Denmark, the VIVES University College from in Flanders – Belgium, the Vilnius College from Vilnius Lithuania, the Balıkesir Üniversitesi from Balikesir Turkey and the Hanzehogeschool Groningen, from Groningen The Netherlands. The VIVES University College and the Hanzehogeschool Groningen take responsibility for the content of the KA1 course and Eekhout Academy takes care of the planning and organisation.


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City of the Course Groningen, Netherlands
Course Website

http://www.erasmusplus-ist.eu/inclusion-early-childhood-education

Target Group Teachers and school staff: pre-school level, teachers and school staff: primary level, teachers and school staff: special needs
Date/s of the Course

March 2020 (dates have not yet been confirmed)

Where to apply

Eekhout Academy

Website: http://www.erasmusplus-ist.eu/

E-mail: international@eekhoutacademy.be

Participation Costs

We offer a flexible cost structure. This allows you to select the package that fits best your personal or school situation.

  • Course package (€ 650 = Participant doesn’t sleep or lunch in hotel and books another hotel on own behalf and takes care him/herself of the lunches) 
  • Lunch package (€ 855 = Participant doesn’t sleep in the hotel and books another hotel on own behalf) 
  • Full package ( € 1250 in a single room / € 1125 if you share a double room with a colleague = Participant uses all hotel accommodation offered by the course organizer) 

More information: http://www.erasmusplus-ist.eu/cost-structure

Competences Tackled

• Develop an understanding of inclusion in early childhood education; • Develop an understanding of the appreciative enquiry method used to empower teams in setting up and implementing an inclusive way of thinking and working; • Acquire a number of skills and competences in setting up an inclusive way of working in the classroom, in the school, in the environment; • Learn about strategies to think with an open mind on inclusive education; • Expand understanding of new teaching and learning methods to obtain higher educational quality with focus on inclusion; • Pick up ideas from other countries which they can incorporate and transfer into their own practice; • Develop their portfolio, in order to structure new ideas and insights; • Write own action plan on the setting up of the inclusive way of working of their organisation; • Improved use of colloquial English; • Improved knowledge of other European and other continents educational systems; • Improved insight of differences and similarities between European and other international countries resulting in a better understanding and respect; • Get an insight in the sustainable development goals and the relation with inclusion.

EQF level 6
ECVET Point 3, in preparation for 2020

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Blended Learning Modalities We provide an electronic learning platform where all course material is assembled.
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Assessment Methods Feedback of trainer(s) on personal work and portfolio of the participant, feedback of trainer(s) and group on presentations made by the participant, assessment of final work (own action plan).
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European Dimension Guaranteed

Local partners organize international courses in cooperation with Eekhout Academy. This course is run in collaboration with VIVES University College (Flanders - Belgium) and the Hanzehogeschool Groningen (The Netherlands). VIVES University College and the Hanzehogeschool Groningen take responsibility for the content of the KA1 course and Eekhout Academy takes care of the planning and organisation. We have an active policy to include as many different nationalities as possible.

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Organising Institute Eekhout Academy
Country of the Institute Belgium
Institute Website

http://www.erasmusplus-ist.eu/

Contact Person

Charlotte Depoorter international@eekhoutacademy.be