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http://netq6.educa.aragon.es
Coordinator: Melanie Scott Taylor
mscott@aragon.es

Aragon Government, Education, Culture and Sport Department- Administrative Education Directorate Department, Zaragoza, SPAIN

The Department of Education of the regional Government of Aragon carries out programming tasks and coordination of all schools in the region, and offers extracurricular activities, as well as information and coordination tasks in the process of admission of pupils in school.

The Administrative Education Directorate Department belongs to the Department of Education, Sports and Culture of the regional Government of Aragon, who works, since 2002 in the creation of one child school network that currently has 165 schools for 5.000 children.

The boost to education for children between 0 and 3 years is one of the most important measures of strategic growth initiatives of the Government of Aragon to promote work-life balanced in the Community and the consolidation of the settlement of population particularly in the rural areas.

The Administrative Education Directorate Department manages and coordinates 565 preschools (0-6 years care and attention), kindergartens, private schools, public schools, rural grouped schools... This means paying attention to more than 50.000 pupils.

In 2008, the Ministry of Education launched the Educa3 Plan, a strategy for the promotion and extension of the first cycle of primary education. Educa3 was initiated by the Government of Spain to provide quality Early Childhood Education at the stage 0-3 years at a time that responds to the need for families to reconcile work and family life. In this sense, for our department, early childhood education is a basic factor to take into account in our education policies, to compensate for inequalities of departure and helping to improve later school success.

In this project, the Administrative Education Directorate Department is going to undertake the consortium leadership, with the aim of cooperating at EU level for the improvement and innovation of preschool and early childhood education. In daily work, this Directorate is responsible for conducting any other activities deemed to ensure the achievement of the aims settled; remains very attentive to the changing needs and expectations of partners, and being directly responsible for WP2 at European level, and the support in management decisions to MT in the WP1.

It also collaborates on the identification of good practices and provides the comparative data about its country, as the other partners. It closely collaborates with the web page, in the identification of digital documentation and updating of any news, and the dissemination of the network information. Its regional public status will let the involvement of decision makers from other countries in Europe, and influence in educative policies and methodologies, thanks to their contacts with other public educative entities.
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www.mteducacionyformacion.com
Project Coordinator: maría flamarique
mflamarique@mtgrupo.com

MT SERVICIOS EDUCATIVOS, S.L. ZARAGOZA, SPAIN.

Mt Servicios Educativos S.L is a company specialised in education and training. Born in 1989, and through our 8 branches, we offer global and versatile quality services as a priority, aiming at developing an open, comprehensive, and accessible training to all those people involved on the teaching-learning processes. Specialised in long-distance education and lifelong training for teachers. It has 250 schools and 5000 national students portfolio throughout Spain. Cooperation with our partners and our team experience allows MT to design tailor-made services depending on each client demand, on the basis of our clients´ needs, by employing the best professionals.

All this is possible because of the nature of our company and due to its dynamism. Our main feature is innovation, based on a vision of future. We pay special attention to special services, such as the development and management of programs and educational paths tailor-made.

MT is the coordinator of the project, supporting the Applicant and the Technical Committee. It has wide experience in managing European projects, mainly in the education and new technologies field) and provides flexible and cross organization, numerous and diverse human resources, solid relationships in the educational sector and a big interest in nursery and preschool areas.

Apart from managing the project, MT transfers its own procedures, based on team work and democratic spirit, where every member of the partnership is able to participate in all work sets, specially in leadership, with the aim of feeling important inside the network. It is a cooperative method where each one provides their best. This is the main role of mt in the leading and coordination of the project, the transfer of a suitable work for the collaboration and support to all the partners towards the organization and execution of different activities. It provides its collaboration and know-how on the studies, dissemination, communication, operation and quality assurance.

It also collaborates on the identification of good practices and provides the comparative data about its country, as the other partners. It closely collaborates with the web page, in the identification of digital documentation and updating of any news.
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www.europole.org
Coordinator: Stefano Cobello
europole.stefano@gmail.com

POLO EUROPEO DELLA CONOSCENZA-I.C. LORENZI. FUMANE, ITALY.

Permanent Network of Schools

The Polo Europeo della Conoscenza – European Pole of knowledge is a network of schools, associations and institutions, hosted by IC Lorenzi and supported by the Regional Council, which is working for the European social integration. Its main field of activity, with its schools and associations at Regional level, is to promote the European dimension and integration through European and extra – European workshops, seminars, conferences, partnerships and projects. The European Pole of Knowledge is planning “umbrella activities” involving the greatest number of schools and institution in the consortium. The European Pole of knowledge works in every field of education, from ITC to in-service training courses for teachers, from kindergartens to adult education in prison and in rural areas. It works mainly on social exclusion, fighting against xenophobia and racism and training of students in drop out, intercultural learning and youth workers´ training project. Our network can provide 800 educational organizations, and due to this wide capacity of dissemination, we´ll be in charge of work package number 3. The impact of our activities and network should also target parents and grandparents, not only the educational environment. We´ll be also in charge of internal and external communication inside the Network, and actively participates in the rest of work sets.

Europole will be in charge of setting the Communication lines that will be confirmed by the Technical Committee. They will design the materials of dissemination in collaboration with the other partners. It continually communicates the progress and activities in the Network, disseminates the actions and collaborates on the exploitation of the results. It also organizes, in collaboration with MT, the last International Conference, the Contact Seminar and the TC meeting, that will take place in Italy. Its role is public as a Network of schools, teachers, researchers, associations, and national institutions, essential for the participation of all members that compose the object group and for the contribution of experts in the project topic.

It also collaborates on the identification of good practices and provides the comparative data about its country, as the other partners. It closely collaborates with the web page, in the identification of digital documentation and updating of any news.

ANKARA MILLI EGITIM MUDURLUGU – AMEM, Ankara, TURKEY

Ankara Directorate for National Education is the second biggest local public authority involved in education across the 81 provinces in Turkey. It is responsible for the planning, coordination and management of all kinds of educational and training activities for pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational and technical and adult education in 25 districts of Ankara. The institution has a range of duties mainly in 7 fields; entitled management, personnel education and training, budget and investment, research, planning and statistics, inspection, guidance and investigation and civil defence. 24 affiliated units carry out these duties.

There are 1569 state and private schools in Ankara. According to the 2010 educational statistics of the institution, there are a total of 993 856 students and 47408 teachers in public and private schools. There are 199 kindergartens, 476 kindergarten teachers and 10841 pupils in Ankara.

We are going to be in charge of he work package number 8. The transfer is the major added value of the project, as it is key to the sustainability of the Network. This WP will be supported by the project management, by its quality and not to mention, by the dissemination and awareness activities. This leadership is important for the transfer inside its own country, with the aim of reducing the European differences as much as possible. It actively collaborates on the dissemination and exploitation of results as it is a Public authority, the second biggest in Turkey, with great contacts in the EU, and real interest in cooperation with other countries. It collaborates on the development of researches with its academic profile, provides the data about the situation of disadvantaged children in our country as well as the identification of digital documentation for the web. We collaborate on the quality of the project and implement the transferability of best practices. We´ll also organise the second International Conference, besides the second Contact Seminar and the TC compulsory meeting in Turkey.

It also collaborates on the identification of good practices and provides the comparative data about its country, as the other partners. It closely collaborates with the web page, in the identification of digital documentation and updating of any news.
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www.wandsworth.gov.uk
Head of Lifelong Learning, Wandsworth Borough Council: Fragola Santino
judith.arkwright@hotmail.co.uk

WANDSWORTH COUNCIL – LIFELONG LEARNING SERVICE, London, UK

Wandsworth is the largest of the inner London boroughs, covering an area of 34km2. It is largely residential, though has some dense areas of employment with many different types of housing from prosperous Putney to the inner-city estates in north Battersea. Wandsworth’s population is 282,000 with nearly half the population aged between 20 and 39, above the London average, while the numbers of residents who are aged 0-14yrs or 65+ are both below the London average. The pattern of young single adults moving to the borough suggests that Wandsworth has a mobile population. House prices are among the highest in the capital.

Although unemployment has increased significantly (+54%) over the last year, the overall rate for JSA claimants in Wandsworth at 4.1% is below that for London (6.1%) and of Great Britain (5.5%) as a whole. The largest overall claimant rates are in Latchmere and Roehampton with the largest increases in the JSA rate in the East Putney, Nightingale, Shaftsbury and Thamesfield. People aged 50+ and people with degrees are in a worse position than at the same time last year.

Despite the recession, people in Wandsworth are overall better off than the average in London and England although there are inequalities across the borough with pockets of deprivation in areas of Roehampton, Battersea and Tooting. The borough is ranked 144 out of the 354 local authorities in the 2007 English Indices of Deprivation. Wandsworth’s BME community represents one-third of its total population (including 'white other' and 'white Irish'), which is lower than the London average of 42%. The largest ethnic group is White Other (11%), Black Caribbean (4%), Indian (3%), Black African (3%).13.7% of the economically active population are people with disabilities. In 2007, as a proportion of the older working-age population, (45-54 and 55-64), Wandsworth’s had 10.9% and 12.45% respectively claiming invalidity benefit and both these percentages exceed those of London (10.4%, 11.7%) and England (9.1%, 11.1%).

Wandsworth has the highest proportion of residents with degree level qualifications in the country. Employment in knowledge-driven sectors in Wandsworth accounted for 23% of total employment in 2005, ranking the borough 20th among the London boroughs. 32% of workplace-based employment is in public services, above both London and national averages. Despite high levels of productivity and economic growth, Wandsworth records a low employment rate of 69.5 % in 2006, just below the EU Lisbon Strategy target of 70%.

Wandsworth Council Lifelong Learning (WCLL) is the department of Wandsworth Council, a local public authority in central London , responsible for lifelong and liberal adult learning. WCLL works with c.11,500 adult and family learners each year, managing a network of providers of colleges, schools and community agencies with one of the highest participation rates of adult and family learners in the region. WCLL's Family Learning (FL) programme involves over 2500 adults and children in informal and accredited learning. The WCLL team is also responsible for the Council's Parenting programme and Family Intervention Project. In May 2010, the service was awarded an overall Grade 2 (Good) by Ofsted, the UK ’s national education inspection body, with a Grade 1 (outstanding) for the quality of its family learning programme, partnership development and value for money.

WCLL’s aims are to increase the participation in lifelong learning of those groups who are currently under-represented in learning: for example, people with disabilities, people living in areas of deprivation, lone parents, people with low level qualifications, black and minority ethnic/migrant groups.

Reasons for joining the project:

WCLL is also responsible for the Council’s Parenting Programme, Family Learning Programme and Family Intervention Project and is very interested in working with other partners to identify and share good practice around working with Early Years (children 0-5) projects. Our recent Family Intervention Project has demonstrated that taking a ‘whole family approach’ to working with families who are risk of social exclusion can be very effective, particularly in ensuring that children are equipped to take part in education. WCLL works very closely with the Council’s Early Years Team, Looked After Children and Teenage Pregnancy projects.

We are one of the largest lifelong learning providers in London and the South and well placed to disseminate the project locally and nationally. For example, WCLL is a member of the UK Association of Local Government (ALG) and Local Education Authorities Forum for the Education of Adults network (LEAFEA). It runs vocational training and employment programmes (eg Apprenticeships) and has excellent links with local industry. WCLL is an experienced mainstream ESF manager since 2003 and a partner in the Educaemprende LEONARDO project, completed in November 2010. The Council’s Economic Development Office is currently a partner on the PROGRESS ‘Go Green’ project.

We´ll lead the WP number 7, because of our experience and basis as a local authority and knowledge, with the possibility of spreading more resources, and getting more contacts and good practices from other local authorities and educative institutions from Europe, besides the inclusion of experts and staff specifically dealing with European cooperation and management of information in several countries, and with success in the compilation of works at European level. IN fact, we are a local authority working in the field of lifelong and family learning, with a close working relationship with early years learning, although we don not directly deliver early years learning.

We also collaborate on the dissemination and awareness tasks, the identification of good practices and provide the comparative data about its country, as the other partners. It closely collaborates with the web page, in the identification of digital documentation and updating of any news. Thanks to its geographic closeness to partner number 9, it will support them and unify all data researched, so that their results can offer a wide perspective of the situation of disadvantage children 0-6 years in the UK.

LEB THÜRINGEN e.V.

The LEB is acknowledged by the Federal state government of Thuringia and by AZVW as a provider of adult and vocational education and training. LEB is experienced in several fields, amongst them preschool education. We offer education for different models of kindergardens and parent institutions. We are educating so called “daily mothers” – woman who care in their own household up to 4-5 children. They have to be acknowledged by authority and therefore obliged to take part in a special education. The territory we work actively is Thuringia, but as our co-operating LEB´s in other States of Germany, we can participate form their experiences as well. We are experienced in networking:

- e.g. having served as coordinator and treasurer on a European “EQUAL-Project”.

- e.g. having coordinated a pilot project to enforce new approaches for vocational education and training consultancy.

-e.g. managing one of the four so called “Centres of Sustainable Development” throughout Thuringia.

According to this project, we think Early Child education is a very important theme and has absolute priority in Lifelong Learning.

We think that from a German perspective, in the last year our politicians have re-discovered the importance of early child education and formulated a target called: education plan 0-10 years, standing for the need to start with education from the very beginning instead of waiting for school age. We´d like to add our point of view to the project, and focus on the problem of how different national pre-school education system promote children from social disadvantaged background, and if they are being excluded. With our leadership of WP number 5, we´d like to take the role of coordinators of all partners, for the research pro and contra different educative systems, for equalizing or identify weak points. We can introduce the debate about pro and contra of kindergartens versus supporting the care of children at home, and the role and real situation of disadvantaged children in this debate.

It also collaborates on the identification of good practices and provides the comparative data about its country, as the other partners. It closely collaborates with the web page, in the identification of digital documentation and updating of any news.

We will enrich the network with practical knowledge regarding the needs and opportunities for preschool education. We have well contacts to stake holders and decision makers, and can involve them in the net and future projects.

WYŻSZA SZKOLA INFORMATYKI-PEDAGOGY AND SCHOOL4CHILD, Łódź, POLAND

We are a private University of Higher Education Institution. We have a Faculty of Pedagogy and Educational Studies within which two B.A courses are offered relevant to the project: Early-School Education with English Language and Pre-School and Early School Pedagogy.

Pedagogy for kindergarten and Pre-School Education is one of our leading subjects of specialisation preparing graduates to find work placements at schools and kindergartens at the level of integrated education. We offer numerous post-graduate courses in early education, just to name the few: ethics in primary and secondary schools, early education with a foreign language, new strategy for kindergarten education.

WSINF has under its supervision kindergarten and Primary School ABIS “School4Child” that provides: qualified teaching staff, bilingual education, a safe learning environment, comfortable learning, fully equipped classrooms, professional childcare, annual ski trips and participation of parents in various form of activity both at school and elsewhere.

WSINF will be responsible for the creation of the web and the implementation of the Network through social networks. As all partners, at local and regional level will collaborate on all the WP: leading, quality, dissemination, and awareness. Its contacts are essential to the dissemination of the net and exploitation of the results. In collaboration with MT, it will organize the first International Conference, the first Contact Seminar and the TC meeting.

It also collaborates on the identification of good practices and provides the comparative data about its country, as the other partners. It closely collaborates with the web page, in the identification of digital documentation and updating of any news.

Its knowledge, experience and contribution to the educational and preschool sectors as a university, with a Pedagogy Faculty and MA in Educational Studies, provides an outstanding added value in its participation.

UNIVERSITY OF BUCHAREST, Bucharest, ROMANIA

University of Bucharest (UNIBUC) is considered as Romania´s leading educational and research institution, offering from undergraduate and graduate studies to doctoral and MBA programs, as well as distance and eLearning opportunities. It is integrated in a strong network of international programs. The Department of ODL, focusing on ICT in education, obtained valuable results during the last 10 years: a platform for visual campus, an eLearning technology for learning resources, an ERP platform, as well as visual laboratories.

UNIBUC, considering its experience within participating in EU-funded projects, as well as coordinating “CALISRO” (a national project financed by Ministry of Education in Romania, aiming to implement a system for quality assurance in the universities), will lead the WP6. With its background in professional and vocational training, UNIBUC will facilitate dissemination and exploitation of the project’s outcomes in Europe.

Its profile provides a researcher and academic role. Apart from the tasks belonging to that WP, it participates in the rest of activities at local and regional level. As a University itself, it has a network of collaborators for the dissemination and awareness, as well as for the exploitation, application and implementation of results achieved with the project. Apart from this, the closeness and connections with the preschool institutions is an outstanding feature for the exploitation of the pedagogical methods, and support in any ICT required. It also collaborates on the identification of good practices and provides the comparative data about its country, as the other partners. It closely collaborates with the web page, in the identification of digital documentation and updating of any news.

EARLY YEARS – THE ORGANISATION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN, Belfast, UK-Northern Ireland

Early Years, founded in 1965, provides advice, support and training for those in the voluntary and private sector delivering services for young children. The organisation employs over 100 staff working across Northern Ireland and delivering training in the Republic of Ireland, England and in Eastern Europe.

Early Years is the largest organisation in Northern Ireland for young children. We are a non-profit making organisation and have been working since 1965 to promote high quality childcare for children aged 0 - 12 and their families.

On 1st November 2007 we changed our name to Early Years - the organisation for young children. When we started our work in 1965 NIPPA stood for Northern Ireland Pre-School Playgroup Association, but as our work developed we realised that this did not fully reflect all that we do so we changed our name to NIPPA - the early years organisation. In 2005 we realised that our work had moved on again and after consultation with members and stakeholders we voted to change our name to Early Years - the organisation for young children.

Currently Early Years provides information and training for parents, childcare providers, employers and local authorities.

Areas of specific expertise and competence include:

- provision of Early Years Specialist Services for the Pre-School Education Expansion Programme administered by the Department of Education

- Outcomes based research, documentation, training, consulting and advocacy for children and families

- Development and provision of programme for two year olds

- Development and provision of programmes for children aged 0-4 years and their families

We have a vast amount of experience in working with ethnic minorities, one of the themes tackled in the project. In fact, we truly think that inclusion and diversity are key factors for the success of early education, besides excellence and evidence based innovation, with a professional, committed and recognised workforce. With NetQ6, we aim to give our focus about early childhood education, regarding parents needs from disadvantaged areas or backgrounds, all adults working with young this groups of children in pre-school settings, nursery and management committees. In fact, all of our training helps develop the confidence and competence of the participants in the understanding of the needs of young children.

As all partners, at local and regional level we will collaborate on all the WP: leading, quality, dissemination, and awareness. Its contacts are essential to the dissemination of the net and exploitation of the results. We will participate in the International Conferences, the Contact Seminars and the TC meetings.

We also collaborate on the identification of good practices and provide the comparative data about its country, as the other partners. It closely collaborates with the web page, in the identification of digital documentation and updating of any news. Thanks to its geographic closeness to partner number 5, it will support them and unify all data researched, so that their results can offer a wide perspective of the situation of disadvantage children 0-6 years in the UK. The network structure of our institution will let a wider dissemination and European knowledge for the project and its results, and our specific contacts with early education institutions will let the entry of more interested entities in the theme tackled, for the growing of the NetQ6 network, future projects and more experiences exchanged.