START - A good start for all: sustaining transitions across the early years


In the context of the needs identified at local and transnational level by the partners involved, the project proposal aims to develop innovative approaches, methodologies and tools for facilitating children's transitions across home, Early Childhood Education and Care services and school institutions. Within this framework, the specific objectives of the project are:

  1. to examine existing transition practices with different focuses at each project location in order to take into account the diversified needs of target groups in each context;
  2. to involve teachers, families and local stakeholder in designing innovative practices for smoothening transitions, with special attention paid to the school success of children facing complex situations (e.g. socio-economic disadvantage) and to the engagement of families at risk of social exclusion (e.g. Roma);
  3. to increase the competence of ECEC/school professionals by involving them in action-research and experimentation projects, with the support provided by experienced researchers;
  4. to promote the educational innovation of ECEC and school institutions by experimenting new pedagogical approaches and educational methodologies that support children – especially those who are most at risk of school failure – in facing successfully transition processes;
  5. to identify principles of good practices that could contribute to trans-national exchange and learning as well as to the improvement of educational policies at local, regional, national and EU level.


The project methodology builds on participatory action-research and on international research evidence showing that continuing professional development interventions that are integrated into professionals’ everyday practice are the most effective in enhancing educational quality and in improving children’s learning. Transnational training activities stand at the very core of the START project as they lay the foundation for the design of effective action-research and experimentation projects within ECEC/school settings and - at the same time - build a solid framework for the exchange and transferability of good practices.  



  • Pedagoški inštitut (SL)


  • Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna (IT);
  • Pen Green Research Base (UK);
  • Vernieuwing In De Basisvoorzieningen Voor Jonge Kinderen (BE);
  • Direzione Didattica di Vignola (IT);
  • OS Tisina (SL);
  • Rockingham Primary School (UK);
  • Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary (UK);
  •  Kinderdagverblijf Mezennestje vzw (BE);
  •  Kolva vzw SMI Basis Moorselbaan (BE)