Early Childhood Education Best Practice in Slovenia
From forest pedagogy to intergenerational learning
Erasmus+ course summary
Slovenia stands out as one of the European Union countries with a notably high enrolment rate of children in formal preschool education, catering to those up to three years of age. The staff in these preschool centres comprises preschool teachers, their assistants, counsellors, and various other professional experts. The educational programme in these centres encompasses six key activity domains: movement, language, art, nature, society, and mathematics. Course participants will gain comprehensive insight into each of these areas, and they will also have the opportunity to engage with unique programmes that Slovenian kindergartens offer. These special programmes include forest pedagogy, the incorporation of Montessori methods, and initiatives that foster intergenerational learning.
"All I really need to know... I learnt in kindergarten." - Robert Fulghum
6 - 11 May 2024, Confirmed
30 Sept - 5 Oct 2024, Confirmed, in German language
Insights and Innovations from Slovenia's Kindergartens.
Experience the unique blend of art, nature, and intergenerational learning in our immersive Slovenian kindergarten-focused course.
Training usually takes place between 9:00 am and 14:00 pm, followed by after-class activities, that are optional.
DAY 1: Foundation of the Slovenian pre-school system
We start off with an introductory meeting, an explanation of practical arrangements and a presentation of the participants and timetable. The participants are encouraged to express their expectations, needs and wishes regarding the content of the programme and learning methods. *
Introduction of the Slovenian education system with a focus on kindergartens, including history, philosophy, and structure.
Interactive workshop on the key principles of Slovenian early childhood education.
Benchmarking discussion and international exchange on different national pre-school systems.
DAY 2: Exploring core activity domains in kindergartens
Visit to a local kindergarten to observe movement and language activities.
Hands-on session in art and socio-emotional learning activities with kindergarten staff.
Debrief and discussion of observations and experiences.
DAY 3: Specialized educational approaches
Forest pedagogy and its implementation in Slovenian kindergartens. Visit of local forest kindergarten.
DAY 4: Specialized educational approaches
Visit to a public kindergarten that integrates Montessori elements into its curriculum.
Session on science activities in kindergartens.
DAY 5: Intergenerational learning
Visit to a kindergarten in elderly home.
Group activity to design a basic intergenerational learning model.
Evaluation and farewell.
Documentation and certificates of attendance.
* Some changes in the programme are possible - the content of the course is always adapted to the participants previous knowledge, expectations and requirements.
The participants receive the Informational Booklet a few weeks prior to the start of the course.