The first Intellectual Output builds on a mapping aimed at giving an overview of the topic of the project, in order to determine the existing needs and the gaps in methodologies and knowledge related to play-based learning. The analysis is essential because it will ensure the originality and the relevance of the IO 2.
The mapping analysis has two aims. First, to conduct a literature review which compiles research about play in early childhood education in Europe, especially in the participating countries. The focus in the review is on how preschool teachers can support children’s play. Second, to develop preschool practices in the different partner organizations.