GARDENStoLEARN is a course for early childhood teachers, school managers and educators developed within GARDENStoGROW, Urban Horticulture for Innovative and Inclusive Early Childhood Education, a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Why educational gardens for early childhood teachers, school managers and educators?

School gardens are spreading all over Europe, as natural places where children can enjoy regular contact with nature, discover the origin of their food, watch flowers and vegetables grow, experiment with natural growth, learn life skills such as responsibility, cooperation and self-confidence through achieving. However, the permanent exploration of school gardens is often difficult to achieve due to several factors: unsuitable school location (land availability or contamination), difficult access to water, lack of funds, access and maintenance limitation during the school holidays, lack of specialised teachers or personnel for permanent and expert garden care besides pedagogical activities.

The GARDENStoGROW project has been created because the improvement of education in the earliest stages of the child’s development can reduce disparities and inequalities at their roots, with a considerable socio-economic return in later years. The Commission has emphasised that “access to universally available, high quality inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services is beneficial for all. It not only helps children to unlock their potential, but can also contribute to engaging parents and other family members with related measures to improve employment, job-related training, parent education, and after school activities” (Report of the Working Group on ECEC).

The development and acquisition of transversal, social, civic and intercultural competences.

Gardens created within the GARDENStoGROW project will allow children from different backgrounds to be part of an inclusive learning environment, with no prejudice to any kind of discrimination, enhancing the access, participation and learning performance of disadvantaged learners.

GARDENStoLEARN aims to provide teachers with technical competences on how to create different types of educational gardens, together with a list of inclusive and educational practices to be conducted at school.

GARDENStoLEARN is based on a mixed learning, combining both presence and distance learning and is composed of 3 different modules.

You will need to pass a test at the end of each module:

Module 1 - 20 hours

An introduction to educational gardens for early childhood

How to establish and sustain an educational garden

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Module 2 - 30 hours

Step by step instructions, maintenance and management

How to design, develop and manage educational gardens

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Module 3 - 25 hours

Inclusive educational practices

Theory on inclusion, hands-on workshops for early childhood and community

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