Lead country partner
VBJK – Centre for Innovation in the Early Years
Erasmus Brussels University of Applied Sciences and Arts
KdG University of Applied Sciences and Arts
January 2018 – November 2020
Keywords professional identity, educare, collaboration, continuous professional development
De Kameleon. Brussels (Anderlecht)
Affiliated to the subsidized public educational network. There are 76 pupils in preschool education (2.5-6 years old) divided in 4 age specific classes.
VALUE learning path Brussels
- 7 preschool teachers
- 3 assisting practitioners
- 1 coach
- 1 coordinator of the out-of-school care
The VALUE learning pathway was based on the idea of narrative coaching. The VALUE cycle consisted of 4 phases with 7 meetings. In each phase, the role of the VALUE facilitator evolved from facilitator, to confronter, co-creator, and then to companion. There were also regular meetings with the school principal.
Maria Boodschap. Antwerp (Flanders)
Affiliated to the Catholic educational network. In total there are 135 children in the preschool (2.5-6 years old) divided in 6 mixed age groups.
Both schools are characterized by a high percentage of ethnic diversity in children and families, which mirrors the diversity of the neighbourhoods of the school. However, this diversity is not represented in the core practitioners of the school teams.
VALUE learning path Antwerp
- 6 preschool teachers
- 1 childcare worker
The VALUE cycle consisted of 4 phases with a kick-off and 6 meetings. During this VALUE CPD pathway, a great deal of effort was put into providing inspiration (e.g., a study visit to an inspiring preschool and an inspiring childcare service for children between 0-3 years of age) and reflection. Next, the VALUE CPD pathway was linked to the new curriculum of the Catholic educational network (ZILL – Eagerness to Live and Learn). There were also regular meetings with the school principal.
To learn more from Belgium pilot read the factsheet.