Project Activities





This three-year project foresees the development of innovative products through a process which includes transnational coordination meetings, training seminars to test the outputs and dissemination seminars through which spreading project results in the partner countries


Kick-off meeting - November 2020
The first meeting was virtually hosted by the Municipality of Linköping and was dedicated to the planning and initial coordination of all project activities and the presentation of partners.
2nd Transnational Meeting - April 2021
The event was virtually hosted by the Municipality of Parma. Linköping University presented the first results of the Mapping Analysis (Intellectual Output 1) based on the interviews and observations carried out by the teachers of the schools involved in the project. The meeting produced moments of reflection and discussion among the participants, on the theme of play and the role of teachers during children's play activities.
3rd Transnational Meeting - November 2021
Odense, Denmark The third coordination meeting for the PLAYING project was hosted by UCL - University College and allowed the partners to meet each other face to face for the first time. The team discussed the development of the methodology foreseen in Output 2 and the material being developed for the transnational peer review, output 3. During the meeting the team visited the preschool of the partner Børneinstitution Holluf Pile and was involved in the Play Lab activities at UCL.
4th Transnational Meeting - April 2022
Brussels, Belgium ⚡On the days of 20 and 21 April, the Playing project partners met in Brussels, hosted by Elmer for the fourth transnational project meeting. The group of participants was divided into 2, one part took part in the coordination meeting discussing the future steps for the development of the project products, while the other group took part in the first transnational peer review of the project. 👥During the peer review teachers and pedagogical coordinators observed the preschool's activities, and interviewed the teachers. Once they return, they will prepare an evaluation report which will serve Elmer to have an external point of view on their work
5th Transnational Meeting - September 2022
Linköping, Sweden ⚡The fifth meeting for the PLAYING project took place in Linköping on the 27 and 28 of September 2022. Participants were divided into two groups; the first participated in the coordination group, which discussed the development of the training methodology for preschool teachers (IO2) and the peer review tools. The second group, the peer review group, visited the two preschools KVINNEBY AND LJUNGSBRO, observing the spaces and activities organised and interviewing the teachers.
6th Transnational Meeting - November 2022
Parma, Italy ⚡On the 21-22 of November 2022, the PLAYING project team met in Parma for the sixth transnational meeting. 💭A part of the group reflected on the development of Output 2 (methodology on play-based learning) and Output 3 (peer review) in preparation for the training seminar for preschool teachers in Linköping🇸🇪 in March 2023. 📝A second part of the group carried out the peer review through direct observation of play activities in the 2 preschools involved (Mago Merlino e Fiocco di Neve) and through interviews to the teachers. The peer review resulted in an enriching exchange for both the teachers who conducted the peer review and those who hosted it.
7th Transnational Meeting - May 2023
Parma, Italy On May 31st and June 1st, 2023 the PLAYING project partners gathered for their final face-to-face meeting in Terrassa. It was a great opportunity for our team to reflect on the remarkable progress we've made throughout this journey. 🎉 Just like in all our previous meetings, we divided ourselves into two groups, each with a specific focus. The first group comprised the teachers who conducted a peer review at Sant Josep School. They had the opportunity to observe the play activities and interactions between the children and educators during them. Additionally, they interviewed the school's teachers, gathering valuable insights to produce a comprehensive final evaluation report. 📝 Meanwhile, the second group held a coordination meeting with a key objective: finalising the materials we have been developing. The materials include the training methodology for educators, which will equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to enhance play-based learning in preschools. We also put the finishing touches on the toolkit, which will serve as a valuable resource for performing peer reviews in preschools. 🧰


1st Training Seminar
📅The Playing project seminar took place in Linköping on 6-8 March 2023. 💡The 3-day seminar provided a valuable opportunity for preschool teachers, pedagogical coordinators, and researchers from the five countries involved in the project to participate in different lectures and workshops on the theme of the teacher’s role in play activities and language development through play. It was amazing to see teachers, researchers and pedagogues from different countries connecting and sharing experiences and ideas.
  • September 2020Project start

  • November 2020Kick-off Meeting

  • April 2021 2nd Transnational Meeting

  • November 2021 3rd Transnational Meeting

  • April 20224th Transnational Meeting

  • November 20225th Transnational Meeting

  • March 2023Training Seminar

  • April 2023 Local Dissemination Events

  • June 20236th Transnational Meeting

  • August 2023Project End