The analytical survey “Recognizing the potential of ICT in early childhood education” involved a literature review and comprehensive analysis of theoretical approaches to early childhood education (ECE) and the methods of ICT application to child development and early learning. Innovative practices are illustrated by case studies based on experience observed in kindergartens and child development centres in various countries. Analysis of different aspects of ICT use in kindergartens, with due recognition of the advantages and risks, made it possible to reveal the opportunities that creative integration of ICT opens for more advanced development of children. The survey suggests strategies for the development of ICT capability of ECE centres and recommendations, which should be helpful for educators, parents and school policy decision makers in their efforts to adapt the child development process to the continuous evolution of the digital universe.
The report makes a series of recommendations to governments, industry, children, parents and teachers which range from a call for more user-friendly parental controls and online safety features to ensuring children also lead a rich life away from the computer.
Designing the Fair Start Project - a free e-learning and organizational development program for orphanage and foster families
The article describes an online staff training program developed by staffs in orphanages and foster family managers and child development scientists in Europe, resulting in the free 7 language version education program for care givers, www.fairstart.net/training.