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Issue 5 - September 2014



NEST Newsletter

September 2014

Issue 5

NEST - Network of Staff and Teachers in Childcare Services is a European project funded by the European Commission within the Lifelong Learning Programme – under Comenius sub-programme –, with the aim of establishing a network in the field of staff development in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in Europe. This is the fifth newsletter of the project.

Update on the NEST project’s progress

During the last couple of months, the NEST partnership worked hard to foster the shering process among the different national groups. We have took up the role of translating back and forth discussions, issues, good practices, establishing conversations regardless of language barriers.

In the present newsletter, the main topics are digital media, rating systems and values education as these issues were the most raised in the community and we explored it further to be the center of the discussion during our international workshop in Zagreb.



Make sure you check out our every growing NEST portal, with almost 500 posts up to today and

the NEST Library collecting more than 400 resources.

Support to Early Educators to Face Contemporary Issues: Media Education and Values

imageThe joint workshop - held at the EDEN Annual Conference in Zagreb - of the NEST and the ETHOS (Ethical education primary and pre-primary schools for a sustainable and dialogic future - see below the introduction) projects promoted the better understanding of the learning needs, resources and support for the Early Childhood Education and Care field. The workshop pinpointed two contemporary issues, digital media education and values education.

We asked participants to contribute to our on-going discussion about the soundness of existing rating systems used to ensure that content, such as films, videos, DVDs, and computer games, are clearly labelled for the age group for which they are most suitable. You can find a short summary of the workshop discussion as well as the on-line forum dedicated to the topic on the NEST International Community.

Media education and age classification in digital games: Assumption of responsibility or annoying control?

imageby Anne-Marie Meier (NEST project coordinator)

There are hardly any discussions that are conducted as regularly and controversially as the appropriate handling with computer and video games. Questions about risks posed to children and adolescents, restrictions and prohibitions shape the international public debate. Above all, parents no longer find their way through the media jungle and yearn for assistance to a responsible and reflective approach to the increasingly popular games. MORE


Ethical education primary and pre-primary schools for a sustainable and dialogic future - the ETHOS project

imageThe current crisis has shown that the challenges of Europe are not merely economic or political, but also cultural and ethical. Research has proven that childhood education is the most important phase to initiate a healthy development. Ethical education and critical thinking have a key role in forming an ethical mature human being. Despite this, practices, experiences and opportunities for teachers to obtain knowledge in this field vary significantly, as it is the case with the presence of innovative educational approaches. Only a good ethical and reflective knowledge coupled with methodological knowledge of educators can lead the way toward good ethical education for a sustainable and dialogic future.

Ethical education encompasses a wide variety of topics and approaches and has to be sensitive to its multi-dimensional and deep anthropological nature. The ETHOS partnership has opted for 5 key topics that are combined with a “multiples intelligences” approach (Gardner, 1998) and methodologies from the field of philosophy for children. The developed and available learning materials are also results of the training needs analysis (in which 150 teachers and 214 parents completed dedicated questionnaires). The 5 key areas are: Friendship, Moral values, Respect, Responsibility, and Tolerance. Find out more at


Meet the person behind the username

The NEST Community has a very strong intention to remain in every user’s eyes a group of dedicated flesh and blood individuals. In every newsletter, a core community member will introduce themselves and their professional interest as well as their activity within the NEST network. In this newsletter you can meet Dimitra Micheli, a childcare worker, preschool education teacher at Day Care Center in Athens, Greece.

imageI am close to kids as an ECEC teacher for about 10 years now, directly after my graduation from High School. I feel that I am still very young and able to offer a lot to children, having gained much experience through my collaboration with colleagues and parents as well.

My initial and current aim is to have happy faces in the classroom! Children who will learn the world through playing and activities that suit their age. I am following a certain pedagogical model enhancing children’s skills to think and come up with solutions in different situations. I try to evoke positive feelings and make children love ‘school’, as the pre-kindergarden years are the first encounter of children with school as an institution.

I do my best to provide children with what is needed to become creative and sociable, respecting and loving nature and the environment. In close collaboration with parents and colleagues, I am daily trying to prepare children to better adopt to and face various situations in their lives. I want for the children who pass through ‘my class’ to become responsible and self-assured. It gives me a lot of satisfaction when I see them opening up their wings and out of pure curiosity and desire go further to learn how the world works, gather their own experiences, and form their characters.

Recommended readings

Keep in touch and help extend the network!


We would like to invite you


  • to check out our website and let us know how can we support your work if you are working on the field of Early Childhood Education and Care in any position or
  • join our online community to have the opportunity to reach fellow ECEC professionals and fellow researchers from all over Europe.


Meet your colleagues at the NEST Online Community at

or contact your national representative:



Contact person

Innovation in Learning Institute, Friedrich Alexander University, Erlangen – Nürnberg, Germany

Anne-Marie Lipphardt, coordinator

University of Macerata, Macerata, Italy

Laura Fedeli,

Scienter Espana, Granada, Spain

Begona Arenas,

Amitié Research Center, Bologna, Italy

Svenja Pokorny,

IPAK Institute for Symbolic Analysis and Development of Information Technologies, Velenje, Slovenia

Stanko Blatnik,

EDUCODE National Center for Professional Development in Education, Tampere, Finland

Marko Lahtinen,

AMEI WAECE – World Association of Early Childhood Educators, Madrid, Spain

Elvira Sanchez Igual,

European Distance and E-Learning Network - EDEN, Milton Keyes, United Kingdom

Eva Szalma,

Militos Consulting SA, Athens, Greece

Kyriakos Lingas,

Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary

Denes Zarka,

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