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DCT – Day Care Training

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The project

Day care and early education are principal topics in social discussion in every partner country (Pisa evaluations etc.) of the European Union. There is a clear agreement that the quality of early education has to be improved. In this regard one important attempt is to enhance the quality of further vocational training of professionals on day care. The background of the DCT-project have been long term observations which shows that further and continuous vocational training on early childhood education is not necessarily based on evaluated and identified actual and real training needs. Until now there are no relevant tools for transferring focused training needs to VET-institutions offering training courses for day care professionals.

In order to seek for more quality in day care VET, the target of the project DCT was to develop and transfer a new interactive net-tool for discovering training needs, offering training need analysis and transfer changing training needs from working life to training institutions. As a starting point and basis we used Edufin´s tool – (R.E.D. Evaluation System) – which is used in the most of Finnish municipalities and day care institutions. Edufin has ten years experience in evaluation of training needs in the field of day care and early education. The 10 European partners represented know how of early education and ICT. As a part of the training tool a handbook on “How to identify training needs in day care?” was developed as well as a web-forum for discussion of training needs in children’s day care between professionals in working life and specialists in training organisations.

The final results are useful for all occupational and interest groups in the field of day care and early education: professionals in working life (kindergarten teachers, nurses etc.), day care centres as well as centres for further vocational training.

EU Lifelong Learning Programme


Project partners
Printel Oy / Edufin, Vantaa, Finland (Coordinator)
Berufsfoerderungsinstitut (bfi) Steiermark, Graz, Austria
TEMPO Training and Consulting, Ostrava – Zabreh, Czech Republic
Tallinn Pedagogical Insitute EE, Tallinn, Estonia
Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland
HRDC, Patras, Greece
VPC – Vaikystes pedagogikos centras, Kaunas, Lithuania
WSINF – Wyzsza Szkola Informatyki, Lodz, Poland
"Gh.Asachi" Technical University, Iasi, Romania
Kolping Training Institution Wuerttemberg Registered Association, Kolping Training Centre Stuttgart, Germany

Contact person

Janine Koark, Assistant of EU point projects & more

EU-Funding Programme

Leonardo da Vinci – Multilateral Projects, Transfer of Innovation

Total Sum of Funding
158,585 €

Period of Funding
01.11.2007 - 31.12.2009

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commision cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.