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.