Rediscover Preschool: The Foundation of Good Education
Erasmus+ course summary
In Slovenia, taking care of the youngest is traditionally one of the priority topics both in broader social sense and especially in the field of education. Slovenian kindergartens score amongst the highest in quality, especially in the following areas: open and flexible curriculum, integration of children with special needs into the regular programme, architectural design of kindergartens, nutrition and hygiene standards and support, offered by the local community authorities. This course aims at providing a benchmark of best practices used in Slovenian kindergartens and the ability for the participants to engage in meaningful conversations about transferring practices into their teaching style. It covers a variety of topics for successful work with preschool children: psychological needs and brain development, nature pedagogy, sport, social sciences, children at play and science for children. The participants become equiped with in depth knowledge of the preschool education as well as with the different skills and ideas for working with preschoolers and their parents.
"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning." – Fred Rogers
Celje, 4 - 9 Apr
Celje, 1 Aug - 6 Aug
Create a stimulating kindergarten environment.
Include cutting-edge neuroscience evidence into your kindergarten teaching practice.
Training usually takes place between 9:00 am and 14:00 pm, followed by after-class activities, that are optional.
Introductory meeting, explanation of practical arrangements, presentation of timetable, information about course We start off with an introductory meeting, explanation of practical arrangements and 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. *
We continue with the introduction of the latest findings from cognitive science, applicable for everyday work in a kindergarten and learn how five main developmental areas are interrelated: cognitive development, social and emotional development, speech and language, fine motor skill, gross motor skill. We get familiar with the understanding of how learning disorders and attention deficit can actually occur because of inadequate motor development.
Fieldwork: observation of children at play.
Reflection of the observation of children at play. Team discussion about changes of the current preschool teaching practice.
Game-based learning and intrinsic motivation, language development and socio-emotional learning activities in action. The participants experience fun and simple activities for different ages from 1 to 6, which will inspire preschool teacher's creative thinking to develop his own activities or find existing activities with a new awareness about brain development.
Fieldwork: session on science for children. The participants visit a class on science topic. After the class they discuss the methodology and experience different activities for children from age 1 to 6 to introduce science subjects. Reflection upon the fieldwork and transfer of knowledge to the participants' practice.
More science for children: building self-esteem of preschool teachers for science subjects. Low cost, simple and fun experiments, which we can use in kindergartens to inspire children's curiosity. Communication about science with children from age 1 to 6.
Social sciences and humanities for children aged from 1 to 6. A series of hands-on activities to explore the world around children: different people, different cultures, places, heritage etc. At first, the participants experience and discuss pre-given activities and then continue with a structured session to exchange best practice.
The analysis of gained knowledge and skills and key learning points are discussed as well as planning the follow up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes.
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.