Mission of the European Schools
The words which express the essential aims of the European Schools have
been sealed, in parchment, into the foundation stones of all the
side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices,
acquainted with all that is great and good in the different cultures,
it will be borne in upon them as they mature that they belong together.
Without ceasing to look to their own lands with love and pride, they
will become in mind Europeans, schooled and ready to complete and
consolidate the work of their fathers before them, to bring into being
a united and thriving Europe.”
a new curriculum ?
general educational principles
and learning have been
focus of extensive research and initiatives over the past few years and
Early education is seen as equal to all other levels of
- Research and inititiatives
The expanding membership of the European Union
(currently 27 countries) challenges European
schools to provide a state-of-the-art early education. In order to
develop and harmonise early education in the European School system, a
new curriculum is necessary.
The Early Education Curriculum is a pedagogical tool for
people working in early education in the European Schools. As parents
are the prime educators of their children, good partnership between
parents and the school is essential. The curriculum will help to foster
base of this
curriculum is the European Reference Framework-Key
Competences for Lifelong Learning.
Education is a fundamental part of life long education and learning and
its central role is to support children’s growth into ethical
responsible members of society.
Teaching and learning in the early
years supports and monitors children’s physical and psychological
wellbeing, including social, cognitive and emotional
helps to prevent any difficulties that may arise by creating the best
possible learning opportunities.
Teachers join with parents in giving children the best opportunities to
learn and develop.
- The educational principles
In early education children’s positive self-concept will
strengthen and their learning
to learn skills
The core curriculum has been formulated on the basis of a concept of
learning both as an individual and also a communal process of building
knowledge and skills. Learning takes place as purposeful involvement in
a variety of situations: independently, under the teacher’s
guidance and in interaction with the teacher, peer group and community.
In addition to the knowledge and skills, both how to learn and good
work habits are to be acquired so that they will serve as tools for
Education is naturally holistic, as any
visit to a nursery class will demonstrate.
Children do not divide their play into subjects –
play meanders through all subject areas , social and emotional domains
continually. In holistic Early Education the whole child is considered
important : health, physical and mental, feelings, thinking and
spiritual aspects. Play is central to this holistic philosophy, where
children have time to explore in depth ideas, emotions and