workshop A held by Jan Peeters

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) within a competent ECEC system

In this workshop we give an overview of the latest European research on effective CPD in ECEC. Which kind of CPD increases the quality of the service and has a positive effect on child outcomes? And what can practice and policy learn from it?


workshop B held by Judith Kainhofer

Promoting young children’s language competence

In this workshop, we will consider possibilities how to promote children’s language competence in the field of tension between communicative needs and the need to acquire structural properties of a given language. We will also address how the needs of monolingual and bi-/multilingual children as well as the specific needs of children with language acquisition delay or language impairment can be taken into account and which competencies are needed on the pedagogists‘ side.


workshop C held by Ulrike Kipman

Board Games to expand childrens competences?

In this workshop, importance of board games in elementary education will be discussed. Furthermore, we will find out, which board games are effective for promoting specific skills (like cognitive skills, problem solving, etc.) of children aged 4 to 8.


workshop D held by Robert Schneider-Reisinger

The Child as a Person — An educational-anthropological and ethical theory and its implications on preschool practice

Seeing a child as a person means — first of all — to look at him or her as human rights do. It means moreover to grant the child some basic capabilities and to see him or her as linked to other humans and world through experience. Educational theory mentioned this as „Bildung“, which is a process of forming, linked with every day life. It also means to recogize that this processes are more ruled by childs teleological acts (as a person) than by adults plans and teaching missions. The challenges and risks, as wells as the new gained freedom in early childhood educationnal practice will be discussed in this workshop.