ENHANCING QUALITY IN ECEC THROUGH PARTICIPATION

School market

 General goals of the activity

  • Promote activities in the services where families are invited to participate.
  • Strengthen and enhance parenting practices, providing support and parental education when necessary.
  • Modify routines to enhance the continuity of connection between school and family settings.
  • Create opportunities for community members to get involved and participate more actively in early childhood education centers activities.
  • Promote opportunities for families to get to know and support each other.
  • Allow families to take the final decision on the organization of the activity.

 Description of the activity

Bake cookies and traditional recipes and plant small flowers and herbs with the children and their families in the classroom.
Collect organic products from our vegetable garden that was started together with parents and children.
Along with parents collected second hand toys and dolls, clothes and books to be sold at the market.
Together with the teachers and assistants, parents from all sections organize the structure of their respective market stall.
During the activity, parents are present throughout the market, selling all the products produced and harvested over the month of April.

 Remarks

(issues to be aware of when implementing the activity)
  • An example from Slovenia, showed that it is possible to observe the families’ decision-making ways and strategies in the preparation / organization of an activity.
  • Allow families to take the final decision on the organization of the activity.
  • Allow all children to have an active role together with their parents and family.

 Role of the teacher

  • Motivator.
  • Collaborator.
  • Constantly interact with all families.
  • Promote relationship opportunities between families.
  • Encourage communication between parents, balancing the moments during which it is appropriate to remain in the background with those in which to intervene more directly and in an informal way stimulate the conversation about educational topics.

Role of the family

Parents are the organizers and the leaders. Along with the the Board and teachers they choose and decide what, how, when and where to sell.

Constant integration and interaction between the family and the school.

 Added value for the child and the family

Gives parents the opportunity to get closer to nursery/preschool life and get to know the people working there. Gives parents the opportunity to get to know each other.

Materials to be used

  • School spaces.
  • Tents.
  • Posters.
  • Photos.
  • Food and drinks.
  • Farm animals.

Guiding questions to reflect on the general improvement of the service

  • Did the practice meet the needs from which it originated?
  • In what way did the activity improve the participation of the parents?
  • To what extent did the activity improve our professional development as a team?
  • How did the activity affect the development of the relationship of trust with the parents?

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