Partner Organisations and Contact Persons

Humanities Faculty of the University of Cologne, Germany
Contact persons: Klaus Fischer, Irene Kaschefi-Haude, Jutta Schneider

National Project Partners
Forschungsstelle für Frei- und Spielraumplanung (FFS)
Kindergarten St. Laurentius, Caritas-Verband Olpe

The University of Cologne is one of the oldest universities in the world (founded in 1388) and today with nearly 50.000 students the largest in Germany. Our group at the Faculty of Human Sciences has long been involved in several academic training courses (Diploma, BA and MA levels) for school teachers and specialized staff in (early) education and rehabilitation. At the same time the group at the Chair of Movement Education and Therapy has been involved in a leading and coordinating position in several national and international research projects in pre-school and school education, for instance profiling the system of initial and in-service training with respect to psychomotor learning and development. The chair has had 21 PhD students, 2 habilitations and has at present 18 PhD students in supervision doing research work on several subjects in the life spans of childhood and youth. The participants in our research team collaborate with researchers all over Europe and are members of various national research and professional organizations. More than 200 papers and 10 books on children´s psychomotor development and learning and pre-school/school education have been published by the group.

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Aarhus University: School of Education, Denmark
Contact persons: Stig Broström

National Project Partner
Osted Børnehave (Osted Daycare), Yvonne Frandsen and Rasmus Mortensen

At Aarhus University School of Education the early childhood group focusses on early childhood research in the field of anthropology, sociology, psychology and education. A sub group ’the unit of Childhood, learning and Didaktik’ has special focus on educational processes in day-care institutions for young children aged 1-2 years and also 3-5 years. The interaction between practitioners and children are analyzed in order to understand and develop shared intentionality. However the group also carries through theoretical studies on Didaktik (curriculum studies) focused on both the development of a subject Didaktik (mathematics, early literacy and science and also the development of a general critical democratic early childhood education. The research group collaborates with researchers and universities in the Nordic countries and all over the world. Members of the group belong to different international networks.

University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Greece
Contact persons: Kalliope Vrinioti, Eleni Griva, Giannis Thoidis, Klio Semoglou

National Project Partner
6th Elementary School Florina, Genovefa Kopsachili

The University of Western Macedonia in Greece was established in 2003. The academic staff of the University includes Faculty members, specialists, teaching and research assistants, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students studying in the following departments: Department of Primary Education, Department of Early Childhood, Department of Plastic and Applied Arts, Department of Management of Energy Resources and Department of Information and Communication Technologies Engineering.



General Directorate for Social Policy and Child Protection, Hungary
Contact person: Márta Korintus, Ferenc Sidlovics

National Project Partners
Kaposvári Egyetem Pedagógiai Kar (Pedagogical Faculty of Kaposvar University)
Kaposvári Egyetem Gyakorló Óvoda (Kindergarten for Students` praxis of Kaposvar)
Szemünk Fénye Bölcsőde, Budapest (Szemünk Fénye Childcare Centre)

The General Directorate of Social Affairs and Child Protection in Hungary is a non-profit public body under the auspices of the ministry responsible for social- children- affairs; presently, the Ministry of Human Resources. It has a central office in Budapest and branches in the 19 counties in Hungary and in Budapest. Its mandate and terms of reference are based on the Act III of 1993 (on social administration and social services), the Act XXXI of 1997 (on the protection of children and on public guardianship administration) and the Government Regulation 316 of 2012.
The General Directorate was set up to be the maintainer of residential social- and child protection institutes, which have all become the responsibility of the state. As such, the General Directorate also has the legal mandate to carry out monitoring and professional support work nationally in order to assist child welfare, childcare and social service providers and to ensure a good level of quality since 1 January 2013.

HoltIS, Romania
Contact persons: Stefan Cojocaru, Daniela Cojocaru

National Project Partner
Kindergarden No. 3 Iasi

HoltIS is a national organization centered on research, intervention on childhood and parenting, promoting child’s rights and implementing programs that support parent education. HoltIS has developed a national network of parental education in schools and kindergartens in Romania and training system, supervision and monitoring parental education classes developed in educational institutions and in child rights protection system. The research group from HoltIS is involved in national and international networks; the staff has published books and articles in international journals focused on positive parenting. Also, the staff has participated in national research in the field of childhood and parenting, evaluations of programs oriented towards social and educational interventions to improve the living conditions of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families. HoltIS coordinator is international UNICEF consultant for developing the positive parenting strategy in the Republic of Moldova.



University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Contact persons: Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson, Anne Kultti

A group within the Faculty of Education at Gothenburg University has long been involved in outstanding research and training, recognized both nationally and internationally, in connection with children's learning and development in the field of ECE. The research is conducted both at the basic level, where various theories and research methods are combined, and close to actual practice. It is focussed on communicative processes and children's creation of meaning and knowledge development both in everyday life and institutional settings. Important research themes are children's learning and development of fundamental skills and understanding of specific aspects of the world around them such as literacy, mathematics, natural science, aesthetics, participation, influence, play and media. The national and international work and the networks are extensive and form a self-evident part of the daily tasks within the research team. The participants in this group collaborate with researchers all over the world. They are included in several national and international networks in which current research issues in the field are disseminated and defined. Members of the research group belong to various networks, national, Nordic and international. One of the members holds a UNESCO professorship and is the World President of OMEP (Organisation Mondiale Pour l´Éducation Préscolaire). Group members act as editors for a book series published by Springer: International perspectives in ECE.

University of Iceland, School of Education
Contact persons: Jóhanna Einarsdóttir, Arna H. Jónsdóttir, Lena S. Valgardsdóttir

National Project Partner
Preschool Gareaborg

The University of Iceland was founded in 1911. The Iceland University of Education merged with the University of Iceland in 2008. The University is organized into five academic Schools. The School of Education educates teachers for preschools, primary schools and upper secondary schools, sports and health scientists, social educators and leisure professionals.


External evaluator of the project is Michel Vandenbroeck, Ghent University, Belgium.