Space and Place in Early Childhood Education and School (SPiECES)

Enhancing transition practices in early childhood education

The aim of the project is to develop relevant and high-quality skills and competences, which includes extending and developing competencies of teachers and promoting the acquisition of skills and competences.

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The project will contribute to the understanding of children's views on transition from kindergarten to elementary school as well as their knowledge, skills and attitudes towards this important transition. The project focuses on transitional practices in four European countries (Croatia, Iceland, Ireland, and Sweden). By participating in these countries, we reshape the transition from different aspects of early and pre-school education, while offering equal opportunities regardless of social circumstances and individual needs.

This project will enhance and expand the understanding of the competencies and practices needed for transition from kindergarten to elementary school while at the same time creating innovative professional development to support early and pre-school workforce in developing professional competencies.


This research relates to the following sustainable development goals

Good health and well-being. Sustainable development goal 3.

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

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Quality education. Sustainable development goal 4.

Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

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Gender equality. Sustainable development goal 5.

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

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Reduced inequalities. Sustainable development goal 10.

Reduce inequality within and among countries.

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Sustainable cities and communities. Sustainable development goal 11.

Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

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Peace, justice and strong institutions. Sustainable development goal 16.

Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

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Partnerships for the goals. Sustainable development goal 17.

Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

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