The Diversity+ project has reached its mid-term phase. The Erasmus+ initiative looks to develop governance, benchmarking, recognition and professionalisation tools for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) professionals in order to understand and improve their current approach to diversity inclusion.
Despite UK project partner Aspire-igen Group no longer being able to officially participate in Euroguidance due to Brexit, the network was keen to keep this organisation in its communication channels for mutual benefit, so the network has also continued to be utilised to disseminate Diversity+ as well as sourcing research from non-partner countries. This outreach work has informed Diversity+ project outputs and determined that the eBook of Inspiring Practices and the Diversity+ Charter developed are appropriate and fit for purpose.
On the 9th and 10th of November 2021, a part of our partnership had the first opportunity to meet in person on a blended transnational project meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia. It was a precious opportunity to work together in a focused and effective way on the tasks we have set up in the Diversity+ project.
The article presents further developments on the Diversity+ project and introduces the target audience to the piloting of the diversity positive and interactive Footprint Assessment Tool, which is scheduled to be officially launched in the first quarter of 2022. The article calls to action all ECEC stakeholders, not only to take part in the piloting of the Diversity+ project’s Footprint Assessment Tool, but also to benefit from it over time.
There is increasing evidence that building more inclusive, just and fair societies must start with high quality, inclusive early childhood education and care (ECEC) services.
A key part of the first phase of the Diversity + project, which was successfully completed in February 2021, was related to the collection of good practices on the topic of inclusive education in early childhood, in each of the countries participating in the project
Recent interview carried out with a representative from Germany. This participant is based in Berlin and implements research and education projects at a local, state, federal and European level
As early childhood professional, does your early childhood education and care handle with diverse groups? What approaches do you have to ensure all children needs are met? Diversity+ project aims to provide the tools for creating/designing inclusive quality early childhood services.