Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Play Hub “Krenimo zajedno” [“Let’s start together”] was launched as part of the international project “TOY for inclusion”, under the guidance of the Open Academy Step by Step, and in partnership with the City of Sisak.
The goal of the Hub is to act as informal support for the development and learning of children and their families. ECEC Play Hub is a place where children can participate in various creative, engaging activities with other children and adults. It is also a place where their family members can meet experts, as well as members of other families, and obtain information on child rearing, children’s health, education and development. Play Hub is specifically aimed at fostering the development and creating equal opportunities for the children from Roma and other vulnerable families. That is why the Hub was opened in the City of Sisak: Children of Roma nationality go to a school located in Sisak, and the location of the Play Hub is close to a Roma settlement.
Similar centres have been opened in six more European countries: Belgium, Italy, Latvia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Slovenia. The project was implemented under the leadership of the Dutch organisation International Child Development Initiative (ICDI).
Duration: January 2011 - January 2019
"In preparing and thinking about each activity, I give special attention to the fact that no child, regardless of the conditions in which he lives, feels excluded or that he is not able to do something or participate in something. That's why I try to design activities that parents can repeat with their children at home and involve the whole family. I always make sure to use materials that are available to everyone, such as paper and a pencil. "
The video will introduce you to Danijela, a mother who often visits the Play Hub in Sisak with her three children. In the video, Danijela talks about the functioning and rules of the Play Hub, the topics of the workshops, the role of parents, borrowing toys in the Toy library and other activities that her children like to do at the Play Hub, which they may not be able to do at home.