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Child in Mind

Title: Child in Mind: Self-learning resources for informal childminders

Funding programme: Erasmus Plus-KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices-Strategic partnerships for vocational education and training

Project reference: 1349079

Principal investigator: Pier Giuseppe Rossi

Role UniMC: Coordinator

Consortium: Florida Centre de Formacion sociedad cooperativa (ES), Hellenic Society for the promotion of research and development methodologies astiki Etairia (GR), ECCE & Play (IE), Narodne centrum pre rovnost prilezitosti (SK)

Runtime: from 01.10.2016 to 31.03.2019

Status: Concluded

Short description: Over the last decade, the early childhood education and care field has embraced the reality of informal care as an option used by many parents, and as an employment solution for people from socially or economically disadvantaged groups such as immigrants, unemployed, people living in benefit and single parents, who plan to work in the early childhood education and care sector. The skills needs of informal and formal child caregivers are not the same, due to the different context and place where childcare takes place. In contrast to formal childcare, the available learning resources for informal childminders are not adequate to help them acquire the necessary skills and provide childcare in an informal context like home. Skills like risk and home management, relationship building with parents and family, and development of personalized programmes and timetables for toddlers are missing from or are not fully developed by informal childminders. Taking into account that informal childminders most probably provide care to many children coming from socio-economically disadvantaged settings, such as immigrant families, they have to be able to understand cultural differences as well.

Total cost: € 377.200,00

EU contribution: € 373.512,00

EU contribution to UniMC: € 88.928,00

Project website: http://www.childinmind-project.eu/home