Neset II is a network of experts working on the social dimension of Education and Training. Neset II prepares studies and reports commissioned by the European Commission, with the aim of sensitising EU policy towards the most important socio-educational themes of today. This has a direct effect on the themes chosen by the EU Commission for the upcoming European calls for international projects.
As an ECEC expert, VBJK collaborates on many of these reports. Recently, in partnership with PPMI, we published two reports.
This report has been carried on in 15 EU countries with the aim of gaining insight in the profiles and functions of ECEC employees with low or no qualification (assistants), who support teachers in daily tasks.
Assistants have a crucial role in the relationship with children and families, especially when taking into account the so-called caring tasks (feeding, putting in bed, going to the toilet...). Their role is seldom recognized in official policy documents and often perceived as not or less important.
This report points out the importance of their role, especially considering that 'education'and 'care' should always be intertwined. How is the role of assistants perceived in ECEC centres, by colleagues, children, families, themselves? Which qualification path is possible? How can they take part in continuous professional development, together with the teachers?
Together with PPMI we addressed these and other questions in our report for Neset II. Here you can download the report on 'Professionalisation of childcare assistents'.
This report gives an overview of interesting European experiences on Professional Learning Communities and gives an indepth view in four casestudies in Belgium, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy.
In a Professional Learning Community teams learn from each other and from the relationship with the community, the children, the families, other services. This is done through peer-learning, shared observations, reflection moments, working in broader networks etcetera.
The goal is improving the wellbeing and learning of children and families, through a coherent and enriching way of working that takes into account the whole environments in which children grow up (holistic approach).
Here you can download the report on 'Transforming ECEC centres and primary school in Professional Learning Communities'.
Currently (2018) VBJK is collaborating to a third NESET II report about Integrated Centres.
Do you want more information? Please contact Sandra Van der Mespel.