The overall goal of the SEED project was to improve psychosocial well-being and healthy development of young children, with an emphasis on those growing up in difficult circumstances such as children on the move, children with a low socio-economic status or children victims or witnesses of domestic violence.

We have done it through raising awareness about and measure the psychosocial well-being of children in 5 countries. Based on the findings, we have developed and piloted an innovative continuing development programme to build practitioners capacities to support psychosocial well-being.

All these activities had  leaded to quality improvements in Early Childhood Education and Care systems and services in Europe.

The project results are as follows:
1) Practitioners have gained the skills and knowledge to promote and nurture young children’s psychosocial development (2,5-6 years).
2) Concrete improvements in quality and inclusivity of ECEC services in 5 EU countries.
3) Important stakeholders (governments, education and care services, NGOs, teacher training institutes and parents) recognize the importance of psychosocial wellbeing of young children and influence policy and practice.
4) Population level data on psychosocial well-being of 5 year old girls and boys are collected and analysed in 5 EU countries.
5) An innovative CPD approach based on ECEC practitioner group reflection is developed and tested and ready to be transferred to other contexts.
Paying more attention to young childrens feelings and social relationships leads to happier learners who have a better and a more equal chance to fullfil their potential!

Leading partner – International Child Development Initiatives – ICDI, Netherlands
– Center for Education Initiatives, Latvia
– Open Academy Step by Step, Croatia
– Partners for Democratic Change, Hungary
– Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education, Norway
– University of Applied Science Almere, the Netherlands
– VBJK, Centre for Innovations in the Early Years, Belgium
– Open schol Korak po korak, Croatia
– Eurochild, a network of organisations, Belgium
– International Step-by-Step Association, the Netherlands

European Commission Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships in School Education.




Project co-financers: Jekabpils City Municipality, Preili Regional Council.

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Kristine Liepina