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ValChild project meeting 3 – Oct 19

The third transnational project meeting of the VALCHILD project was hosted by L´IPERIA in Paris, France, on the 22nd-23rd May 2019.

The reports from output 1 (survey and desk-research) form the basis for work to be done in output 2. On the agenda were the planning and activities in output 2. The 3 tasks in this Output are the development of:

  1. ValChild assessment materials
  2. Practical examination framework and processes
  3. ValChild portfolio

An interesting discussion followed about the minimum requirements for the portfolio and the toolbox and how this could look-like, respecting the (recently) developed materials and procedure in the different countries.

On Wednesday morning EC-VPL and LÍPERIA demonstrated different VPL-tools and the partners worked with tools for producing evidence, the STAR(RTT)-method, Criteria Based Interview (CBI), types of portfolio including a competence biography, a Personal Development Plan (PDP). Also, small exercises like about communication (clear explaining and learning to listen and to understand) were held and discussed.

An important lesson for all was that working on a VPL-recognition can be joyful, interesting, intriguing, longing for further exploration, learning and self-steering of competences.

VPL is often a stand-alone instrument vs. sustainable individual management of competences.

  • Large diversity between countries.
  • Further elaboration of the common ground for VPL in childminding and the differences

ValChild project meeting 2 – May 19

The second transnational project meeting of the VALCHILD project was hosted by EC-VPL in Utrecht, Netherlands, on the 28th-29th May 2019.

The outcomes of the evidence collection on best VNIL practices and common barriers to implementing assessment for childminding shows the differences in the partner countries in the minimum qualification level for childminders, in competence profiles, in the VPL-procedures and in phase of development of VPL.

The desk research and survey showed:

  • the low awareness of institutions about ´VNIL´
  • the complexity of the validation process and the competence profile
  • the lack of awareness from the general public (Validation)
  • the lack of financial motivation for training institutions
  • Insufficient staff specifically trained to guide / assess/validate
  • No common professional standard for childminder
    VPL is often a stand-alone instrument vs. sustainable individual management of competences.
  • Large diversity between countries.
  • Further elaboration of the common ground for VPL in childminding and the differences

ValChild Project meeting 1 – Oct 18

The Kick-Off meeting took place in October 2018 at the offices of the Early Childhood Ireland (ECI). The participants made an introductory
presentation of themselves and the organisation they represent, in relation to their role and expected contribution to the VALCHILD project.

This was a very important meeting as partners got to understand more in-depth each other´s contexts, background and VPL-systems. The presentation and enriching discussions showed clearly the different grounds and perspectives at national levels in the organisation of childminding, the minimum education level, vocational competence profiles, state of development of Validation of Prior Learning (VPL).

The detailed research plan was presented by ECI and focussed on:

  • Field research on main barriers to implementing assessment
  • Desk research on existing practices in VPL in partner countries
  • Desk research on VPL best practices in EU countries (with most advanced VPL systems).

Project “Child in Mind” – Information Day – 16.01.2019

Project ChildInMind is aimed at the development of self-learning resources for informal childminders based on the needs to promote the quality of services provided by care services for children aged 0-6 years, which do not attend kindergarten or need care in hours that formal arrangements are not available.

More information about the project: www.childinmind.project.eu

ValChild Information Days and Workshops 2019-2020

Three workshops are planned for the purpose of sharing and valorising the VALCHILD outputs through the pilot testing, with the participation of validation stakeholders (certified bodied & institutions), sector employers, field experts, and practitioners in childminding.

  1. ValdChild workshop in Dublin (IE) – September 2020
  2. ValdChild workshop in Alençon or Paris (FR) – September 2020
  3. ValdChild workshop in Lisbon (PT) – September 2020

Furthermore two information days are planned to present the project’s objectives, activities, results, and outputs to the target groups ValChild

  • ValdChild Information Day in Greece – February 2021
  • ValdChild Information Day in the Netherlands – February 2021

On 16 Janaury 2019 the European Project “Child in Mind” will hold their Information day .