The SKATE project aims to impact on the quantity and quality of inclusive early childhood education in the countries involved in the project (and beyond), by generating knowledge on the appropriate use of digital and mostly innovative technologies in early childhood education and by disseminating this knowledge through multiplier events and publications.

The project responds to European ECEC (Early Childhood Education and Care) teachers’ needs to be supported in gearing innovative technology as resource for inclusive education and the SKATE project will deploy innovative resources from the field experience of Assistive Technology centres, EU and national policies fostering the take up of digital technologies in inclusive education, and the wide experience of participating organisations.

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Child with poor vision is touching the wooden tactile rolls of different texture and colour as a part of educational therapy. AdobeRGB profile.

Combining these aspects, the SKATE project will be pursuing and achieving the following objectives:

  • To foster new skills and knowledge of teachers/educators for the appropriate use of technology/digital solutions to create an increasingly inclusive learning environment (but not technology as a goal in itself and at all cost).
  • To increase the quality of ECEC as delivered by the partners and other schools by promoting early intervention with appropriate assistive technology for children with special needs or at risk of exclusion (leaving no one behind).

With the involvement of local ECEC services in the testing phases and the feedbacks collected from ECEC teachers, SKATE partners will realize the following outputs:

  • Mapping, assessment and innovative approaches on inclusive technology for ECEC.
  • Guidelines Inclusive classrooms for ECEC teachers.
  • Toolkit: competency framework, learning programmes and assessment methodologies.