The first meeting of the EARLY CHANGE project was held on 3rd and 4th of February 2011 in Thessaloniki. 12 academics from eight Universities -partners of the project, participated in the meeting.
The issues discussed during the meeting were:
(a) Time-planning of the whole project, with detailed reference to each phase of the project,
(b) Allocation of tasks and issues concerning the administrative and the financial management.
Dr. Zachopoulou, the coordinator of the project, presented the work plan with detailed description of the activities and the outputs of each phase of the project. The deadlines for each deliverable were set, and financial and management issues were discussed in details with the partners. Dr. Grammatikopoulos, from University of Crete (Greece), and Dr. Gregoriadis, from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), presented during the meeting, the evaluation strategy of the project and the guidelines for collecting good practices.
Moreover, issues concerning future plans such as the next meeting in Porto, forthcoming training seminars and further actions were analyzed. The final dates for the meeting in Porto and training seminars in Greece, Portugal, Denmark, Finland, and Cyprus were initially agreed and will be finalized till the end of April.
Except from the hosting partners the other participants were Dr. Teresa Leal from Porto University (Portugal), Dr. Ana Gamelas, Dr. Silvia Barros and Dr. Manuela Pessanha from Polytechnic Institute of Porto (Portugal), Dr. Jarmo Liukkonen, from Jyvaskyla University (Finland), Dr. Eleni Loizou from University of Cyprus, Lise Sanders Olesen and Claus Henriksen from University College Zealand (Denmark) and Bill Lehmann from Guldborgsund Municipality (Denmark). These partners had the chance to present the Early Childhood Education system of their own country during a session of the meeting.
The partners from Romania could not participate in the meeting due to the severe weather conditions faced their country during those dates. Thus, the coordinating institute organized another meeting with them held on the 16th & 17th of February 2012. Dr. Romita Iucu, Vice Rector of the University of Bucharest, and Dr. Laura Ciolan, Senior Lecturer at the same university traveled safely this time to Thessaloniki and participated in this extra scheduled meeting which was special organized for them. The topic discussed were the same with those of the first meeting. Moreover, the dates for the training seminar in Romania were decided.