Background

Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) settings, such as nurseries and kindergartens, need to work together with parents, children and communities to create an inclusive early education and care environment for children with intellectual disabilities. However, they neither have the tools, nor knowledge for establishing and maintaining such collaborative practices.
The principal aim of the EMBRACE project is to contribute to the enhancement of the quality of early childhood education and care and promote the inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities.

The specific objectives of the project are:

-To develop inclusive values and attitudes among ECEC staff and strengthen their knowledge and capacities to accommodate the needs of children with intellectual disabilities.

-To equip ECEC staff and leaders with the needed tools, resources and knowledge to foster a culture of inclusion through collaborating with colleagues, children, parents and community members.

-To raise awareness among children, parents and the general public on the importance of inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities in ECEC.

-To increase the visibility of children with intellectual disabilities, deconstruct stereotypes and fight discrimination through overcoming barriers to early years education.

Target Groups

ECEC Staff

Kindergartens, nurseries etc.

Pre-school children

3-7 years old

General Objective

The overall objective of the EMBRACE project is to contribute to the enhancement of the quality of early childhood education and care and promote the inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities.

Project Timeline

TPM1 - Online
February 2022

Unfortunately, due to traveling restrictions, the kick off meeting of the EMBRACE project had to take place virtually between 9th and 10th of February 2022.
All the participants took part in a fruitful discussion related to the project’s main objectives and the next steps for implementation. 

PR1 - Transnational Report
February - October 2022

This transnational report will offer in-depth insights in the state of play in each of the participating countries regarding the opportunities for initial and continued education of ECEC staff on topics concerning inclusive ECEC of children with intellectual disabilities.

TPM2 - Athens, Greece
July 2022

Between the 21st - 22nd of July, the partners from the EMBRACE project met in Athens, in line with their second Transnational Project Meeting (TPM)!

PR2 - E-learning Course
November '22 - August '23

Each and every one of our customers receives personalised assistance from our dedicated support team.

PR3 - Fostering a culture of inclusion handbook
August '22 - December '23

Design, development and piloting of a handbook for ECEC staff on fostering inclusive environments for children with intellectual disabilities though engaging and collaborating with colleagues, children, parents and other community members.

PR4 - Awareness-raising toolkit
January - December 2023

Design, development and piloting of a toolkit for ECEC settings with useful and effective resources for raising awareness of the importance of inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities in early childhood education and care.