The fourth project management meeting of the Erasmus+ project digital ECEC “Make ECEC Institutions Fit for the Digital Age Leaving No One Behind” was held on June 28th, 2023, in Perugia, Italy. It was organized by project partner Forma.Azione and hosted by project partner Scuola dell’Infanzia Santa Croce – Casa dei Bambini Maria Montessori both located in Perugia, Italy. The meeting brought together participants from partners’ countries to discuss key agenda items aimed at revolutionizing Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) institutions in the digital era. With a focus on training, quality assurance framework, and project implementation, the meeting aimed to ensure inclusive and effective digital transformation in ECEC.
The meeting commenced with the arrival of participants, who were warmly welcomed and given a guided tour to the Piazza Maria Montessori, dedicated to the founder of the Scuola dell’ Infanzia Santa Croce. Then the agenda was presented, outlining the crucial topics to be discussed during the day.
The first part of the meeting focused on the development and finalization of the project result concerning the Training program and platform for the ECEC teachers to create educational content with animation. Partners actively engaged in discussions to ensure the platform’s readiness for use in English, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Lithuanian. Moreover, plans for conducting trainings, in national contexts, for ECEC teachers were discussed, aiming to enhance the digital skills of ECEC educators in Europe.
Following a brief break, the agenda moved on to the second part, which centered on the development of the project result that concerns the Quality Assurance Framework for ECEC. Participants deliberated on strategies to establish a robust framework that guarantees high standards and continuous improvement in ECEC institutions’ digital practices.
The afternoon session commenced, and the meeting proceeded to the final part, emphasizing project implementation activities. Ways of involving key actors were discussed to ensure collection of valuable insights for the project’s success. Additionally, plans for organizing multiplier events were shared, with the aim of disseminating project outcomes widely and generating a positive impact. Finally, the next steps in the project were outlined, setting the path for future activities and milestones.
As the meeting drew to a close, the participants gathered for a group photo, symbolizing their commitment and collaboration in driving digital transformation in ECEC institutions.
The fourth project management meeting provided a platform for fruitful discussions and strategic planning, underscoring the importance of digitalization in ECEC. By focusing on training, quality assurance, and project implementation, the project partners aim to create a future where no child is left behind in the digital age.