Everyday with ecology in kindergarten useing Reggio philosophy Erasmus Project

General information for the Everyday with ecology in kindergarten useing Reggio philosophy Erasmus Project

Everyday with ecology in kindergarten useing Reggio philosophy Erasmus Project
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Project Title

Everyday with ecology in kindergarten useing Reggio philosophy

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for Schools Only

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2017

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses; Pedagogy and didactics

Project Summary

Project “Everyday with ecology in kindergarten using Reggio philosophy” concerns the exchange of experiences between institutions in Łomża (kindergarten and nursery) and kindergartens from the Swedish municipality Sigtuna. The idea was created during implementation of “Diet for Green Planet” project, under the URBACT II Program. As part of this partnership, came to know Swedish kindergartens and their education methods dominated by pedagogy Reggio Emilia. Reggio is a pedagogical thought focused on the child’s individuality, who should have created favorable conditions for experiencing, learning through action, developing interests with the support of teachers who follow the child. Through our project, the Reggio philosophy has more widely come into being in Poland, and its elements are used in Łomża kindergarten. Coordinator’s experience gained as a result of “Diet for Green Planet” project complements the Reggio pedagogy. 3 Swedish teachers observed in Łomża kindergarten practice of introducing a healthy and culinary program, children’s nutrition education, preparing meals based on products delivered from nearby certified and ecological farms, using the tradition of Polish cooking without using semi-finished products.

The main goal of the project, so get to know, experience and introduce new working methods in both kindergartens, was achieved, mainly due to bilateral visits as a part of LTT activities.

Our target group was 3 teachers from the Coordinator and 3 from the Partner. Teachers who speak english were chosen, expressing their will to participate in the project and share acquired knowledge with other employees as a part of internal improvement. Participants from the Coordinator’s side completed Reggio pedagogy training and had observations in kindergartens in Sigtuna. Swedish teachers have observed methods of introducing nutritional education in a Polish kindergarten. Indirect participants of the project were children and their parents, other teachers, representatives of educational and educational institutions, as well as the local community interested in this issue.

Project activities included 9 visits-mobility under LTT activities (4 on the Coordinator’s side and 5 on the Partner’s side). These were visits of teachers to observe classes conducted using the Reggio method, classes on nutrition education, exchange of experiences, preparation of a joint publication on implemented educational tasks. Additionally, as part of the project activities, 3 transnational project meetings-board meetings were held. During these meetings, the most important issues were discussed related to the implementation of planned activities, project budget, meeting schedule, division of responsibilities between partners, promotion, and organizational issues. The last meeting was an opportunity to summarize the entire project and evaluation. Additionally, methodological workshops on Reggio were organized at the end of the project.

Project results:
– exchange of experience regarding didactic work and introduction of new forms and methods of teaching in both preschools
– learning the Reggio methodology and its gradual implementation as one of the methods of work in kindergarten and nursery
– an innovative approach to teaching in the field of health and culinary education
– improving the quality of early care and education
– establishing and consolidating professional contacts between teachers
– raising teachers’ awareness of teamwork, observing children, documenting and reflecting
– promotion of kindergartens in the local community, in the region and internationally
– increase of personal competences, skills improvement, internal development of project participants

Impact of the project on the staff of kindergarten: improving competences, professional and language skills, completing training in the field of Reggio philosophy. Impact on participating organizations: introduction of Reggio elements in Łomża facilities, promotion of preschools in the local environment and in the national arena. Impact on children: they can work in a different way – they now have the opportunity to work in a team at their own discretion, acquire competences such as seeking new solutions, independence, creativity; thanks to participation in the project, children are encouraged to act and explore the world independently, without providing ready-made solutions; children in Swedish kindergarten have extended nutrition education. Impact on parents of children, local environment, other educational institutions: increased awareness of the EU, EU projects, international cooperation, teaching methodology.

Long-term benefits:change in the approach to the feeding children in Sigtuna municipality (tendency towards limiting meat, changing diet and the entire feeding system); in Łomża, introduction of Reggio elements, interest in this philosophy on a larger scale (other institutions, informal groups, trainings in this field)

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 37575 Eur

Project Coordinator

Przedszkole Publiczne nr 8 & Country: PL

Project Partners

  • Norrbacka förskola