In May 2018 the VALUE partners met in Ghent. The partners shared their knowledge, experiences and methodologies on professional development for ECEC professionals with each other. Educational Research Institute (Slovenia) shared their experience with building professional learning communities of schools: how to build these communities in a sustainable way? Aga Khan Foundation Portugal presented their approach of professional development: how to do this in a participatory way in which higher and lower educated practitioners can experience a safe learning environment? Danish School of Education (Denmark) talked about the VIDA project: how to create a co-creative process in which professionals learn and work together to tackle social inequalities? The Belgian partners (VBJK, Erasmus University College and Karel De Grote University College) explained the WANDA method, a co-reflection method to critical analyse practices from different perspectives. Besides we’ve paid a visit to Hippo’s Hof (pre-primary school) and were inspired by the strong collaboration between teachers and childcare practitioners.
Based on this valuable exchange, we discussed the shared framework of the professional development pathways to be developed and implemented in the different countries involved.