Specific local community’s need: the necessity for several families to find a place where they could leave their children until 3 while they are at work.
The Local Network of Domestic Kindergartens in Abruzzo Region aims at creating a collaborative network connecting professionals and families, engaged in defining and sharing a service of assistance tailored on the needs of children and their families. This will be possible thanks to the development and interaction of a number of specialised professionals who will host in their own houses up to 5 children between 3 months to 3 years old, offering to the parents the maximun time flexibility and to the children a comfortable and tiny environment where to play and learn during the day. The adopted approach by the domestic kindergartens is professional, flexible, welcoming, involving and focused on the promotion of child development and wellbeing.
Evidence of success
Altough recent times have seen a slowdown of the project’s activities, the Local Network of Domestic Nursery School in Abruzzo Region has succeeded in promoting a socially innovative model for the children assistance, which has been able to respond to one of the most urgent need of modern italian families. It has been able to integrate a public service without public funding and realise a model suitable for other context and able to give a high quaity service in complete autonomy.
There are evident geographical limits: the inclusion of just two provinces influenced its capacity of a more diffused promotion of its activities and also its financial capacity, even if a widespread penetration of the network at regional scale would have required a major investment of resorces.
Potential for learning or transfer
The idea of a Local Network of Domestic Kindergartens derives from the observation of Nursey Schools’ systems in other European context: structure like home Kindergartens are a stable reality in Sweden and Danemark and in Northen Europe in general, but also in Germany and in The Netherlands. Education and care systems for young children (from birth to compulsory school age) vary in different countries; however, early childhood education and care can lay the foundations for later success in life in terms of education, well-being, employability, and social integration. Having the Commission already set out the priorities for ECEC, among which “By 2020 at least 95% of pre-school children of 4 years or older should participate in early childhood education”, this practice could be implemented in countries needing to reinforce measures to match the EU objectives in this field.