This section allows visitors to register child focused practices that they are developing or implementing in order to share knowledge with other users. These practices are posted here to promote information sharing and to support learning across the EU community of policymakers and providers. A practice entered in this section will automatically be reviewed for inclusion in the Evidence-Based Practice section if the ‘evaluation references’ section below is completed. Additionally, we encourage users to notify us when a new evaluation is completed for a practice that is already listed in this user registry by sending an email to EMPL-EPIC@ec.europa.eu.
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"Palanqueto" means "little bridge" in Occitan language. It is a support system for children with disabilities in childhood care facilities. A special education teacher accompanies parents, children and professionals to enable the welcome of children with disabilities in childcare structures. The device allows to sustain the childcare structure and / or look at more appropriate forms, regarding the families’ and the child’s needs.
Meetings for parents on issues related to child development are organized. An educational package which is an awareness tool on disability issues was formed for families and childcare professionals (collective childcare, pre-schools, child minders, leisure centers…). The colorful luggage contains a selection of games, toys and books to deal with children's themes of difference and disability. It promotes the link between the world of disability and the ordinary world; it helps to think about the different situations encountered by children. It is a tool for discussion, questioning and development situations.
The difficulty in finding a childcare may be a barrier to integration, especially for single parents. So, the city of Nantes and the local allowance fund for families of Loire Atlantique (Caisse d’allocations familiales de Loire Atlantique) have created this “early childcare relay”.
It allows, with various actors, to coordinate solutions for single families looking for professional insertion.
- First of all, the Relay can make reservations in some collective childcare solutions eventually those with special schedules if the family needs it.
- In the same time, a network of child-minders was organized with a guarantee fund in case of non-payment by the parents.
It's important to help especially single parents with young children because if they don't find childcare, they cannot find a training nor a job and they'll stay poor. In order to really help these families, the reactivity of actors is essential.
The project is managed from Denmark. Since 2006, Child psychologist N.P.Rygaard designed and intiated two EU programs, testing the programs with partner organizations in 10 EU countries 2008-13 with the School of Health and Social Care in Aarhus, Denmark. Due to requests from non-EU countries, FairstartGlobal also cooperate with partners in Japan, Indonesia, Latin America and other countries.
Programs are free for users online at www.fairstartglobal.com. They consist of a handbook and 13-15 three hour training sesssions for groups of caregivers and their daily leader, or foster care manager.Each session takes three hours - first part teaches research based principles of care in text and video, second part is a framework for discussion and planning how the group will practice care for two weeks until next session.
To improve implementation, an Instructor's Education online on a platform from MIT/Harvard is currently being designed, in cooperation with people from Aarhus University Information Science. Like the training programs, this education will also be launched in a number of languages, as we find local partners.
The Angels’ House is a local initiative for children and families offered at the municipal level in Katowice, and Chorzow, Upper Silesia region in Poland. The main objective of these activities is prevention of social exclusion among children and families. This objective is realised through several programmes, such as day-time care for pre-school children (children aged 2.5 to 5 years old), after-school care for school-aged children (children aged 6 to 17 years old), street work (outdoor activities for children), after-school club for teenagers, family advisory centre (for parents). All these activities aim to engage children and parents that might otherwise not receive any support or guidance. Children are offered activities that teach them about non-violent problems’ solving skills, collaborating with other and group work. Children are engaged in a structured play with other children and have opportunities to develop skills and their passions. Hot meals are offered to children attending day- and after-school care activities.
This EU-wide voluntary scheme provides school children with fruit and vegetables, aiming thus to encourage good eating habits in young people. Besides providing fruit and vegetables the scheme requires participating Member States to set up strategies including educational and awareness-raising initiatives.