Quality issues in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) have become a priority topic at national and EU level as pointed out in Eu- ropean Union (EU) strategy Education and Training 2020. In the light of the EU strategy for education and training, the Comenius Regio pro- ject Sharing Experiences… Acknowledging Learning (SEAL) has constituted an important example of how a two-year-process of sharing and transferring of experiences and elements of good practice has con- tributed concretely to improving the quality of the services offered by the Italian and Swedish organizations that took part in the project.
The partnership has identified five focus areas for the exchange: Contexts (space, time and relationships) and educational strategies; the organization of the services; documentation; the involvement of families; strategies for quality assessment.
The activities of the project consisted of two main actions unfolding during the whole duration of the project, each of them including two main transnational events.
The main objectives of the project were:
First transnational meeting
17/18 March 2014
Second transnational meeting
19/20 May 2014
Dissemination seminar in Italy
30/31 October 2014
Dissemination seminar in Sweden
4th November 2014
Final event in Sweden
27/28 May 2015
The regional partnership identified their best practices and exchanged views and opinions about them in the context of two transnational meetings, one in each country.
These two events provided opportunities to map out the practices of the participating organizations and at the same time gave ground to the identification of the focus areas of the project.
On the basis of identified best practices that have been adopted and implemented by the two partner regions, a small-scale experimentation took place. The try-outs were based on the experiences/approach- es/tools made available by the partner country in the context of the above-described focus areas.
The testing of 14 practices constituted the basis for an evaluation meeting and a final discussion of the results in the context of the final transnational event. Some indicators of the impact of the project: 15 partners of the two regional consortia; 33 best practices identified; 14 Practices transferred and tested; 58 International participants in the transnational events of the project; 180 Participants in the local dissemination events; 182 teachers and 695 families reached by dissemination in Sweden.