Daily life in an Espoo day care centre presented through virtual reality

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2020-12-01 9:00

Espoo’s early childhood education services have created virtual reality (VR) content based on a child’s early childhood education plan. The material has been created to support children who are starting their journey in early childhood education as well as their guardians.  

During the experiment, the staff were actively involved in the experiment and learned how to produce VR content. The material has been created in cooperation with children and staff. The role of the staff was significant in ensuring that the material gave an authentic picture of everyday life in an early childhood education unit. You can view the material in 3D  with a VR headset  or watch the  video without a headset  (works best on the Google Chrome browser, available only in Finnish).  

For the supplier, the production of VR content for early childhood education services was a new experience. The supplier learned what to  take into account  when producing VR content with children and day care staff. 

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The aim of the experiment is to assess the opportunities offered by virtual reality in early childhood education. This is a major operational change. The VR platform and content can be used anytime and anywhere. 

Through the experiences of clients and staff, the experiment showed how VR content could be used in service counselling.  The City of Espoo has a few VR solutions (including headsets) available in libraries. However, the city has not previously produced VR content for city services.  

The VR content experiment will end, but the content produced in the experiment will be utilised in early childhood education for introducing an Espoo day care centre to children starting in day care and their parents. The content will also be presented at public events such as fairs. The early childhood education VR story is intended for sighted people as an additional experience. 

The content is based on the early childhood education plan drawn up by Espoo’s Finnish Early Childhood Education and the  Varhai skasvatussuunnitelma pähkinänkuoressa  publication (in Finnish) of the Finnish National Agency for Education.  

The experiment was carried out together with VReal Oy. Espoo will continue to use VR technology and develop content independently. 

Similar VR technology has also been tested in Espoo’s upper secondary schools as part of teaching. Read more in the press release . 

The experiment was part of the Digital Agenda of the City of Espoo that aims at the development of the city’s services using digital solutions and new technologies. 

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