Child-Centred Competences for Early Childhood Education and Care

Funding: KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for higher education

The two-year international project began in November 2019, collaborating across seven countries with the following partners: 

  • University of Plymouth, UK
  • Early Education, UK
  • VIA University College, Denmark
  • Universidade da Coruna, Spain
  • Early Childhood Ireland, Ireland
  • University of Trieste, Italy
  • Zagreb University, Croatia
  • Babeș-Bolyai University, Croatia

One particular quality – child-centredness – tends to be used when discussing the provision of early childhood education and care (ECEC). It is, however, a term that can be interpreted in many different ways and those new to the profession can struggle to know what it looks like in practice.

The project will develop a child-centred competences framework presented with carefully selected resources to facilitate students in their self-evaluation of competences. The framework will be available on an open-access platform and be used to deliver online training to support students in acquiring and developing their child-centred competences.  

The project will improve understandings of what it means to be a skilled and competent child-centred ECEC professional. The development of a child-centred competences framework cross-referenced against existing ECEC competency profiles offers a unique, Europe-wide resource for enhancing the quality of ECEC pedagogical practice.