On 29. 11. 2014 a new law on the provision of childcare services in the so called children's group came into effect in the Czech Republic which enables to run facilities providing childcare services for children in the age of 1-3 years.
A preschool (also nursery school, pre-primary school) used to be a popular concept in the Czech Republic before the Velvet Revolution. The nurseries used to be run as healthcare facilities and children were taking care of by healthcare perosonal – nurses.
Currently the so called children’s groups are designated for children in the age of 1-3 years and are complementary to kindergardens which accept children from the age of 3. There is demand for the services of children’s groups from parents who are willing to return to the labour market soon after the child’s birth. The demand is expected to rise after the new law on state social support comes into effect, which will enable the parents to get the parental benefits in shorter time as it is standard in more developed EU states (Nordic countries, Germany, Austria etc.).
The problem we are facing now is that there is lack of qualified nurses who have competencies and experience needed for taking care of children so young.
In the present project we would like to form a partnership with partners who already have esperience in this field, exchange the know-how and maybe create a new educational programme or other educational tools.
During the project we would like to exchange knowledge among the partners and organize learning, teaching and training activities such as job shadowing visits or joined training courses.
The project will be submitted on the 29th of March as a Strategic partnership in VET to the Czech National Agency.