The purpose of the project is to create a permanent cultural cooperation structure and cultural education plan for all children attending early childhood education in Espoo. The project seeks new operating models that support the fulfilment of Espoo’s early childhood education plan.
The project aims to help cultural actors in developing their offering so that new art-oriented operating forms are created alongside the traditional forms of audience-centred work to be applied in early childhood education. The realisation of the emphases included in the new national early childhood education plan requires support from cultural actors and new operating models. The goal is not only to strengthen art experiences and gain basic information about performances or exhibitions; the key idea is that cultural actors can support the goals of the early childhood education plan and help children, for example, in learning to listen, in understanding the act of watching and physicality, in understanding the surrounding world and seeing cultural heritage in their own local environment.
The project wishes to dispel the idea of art and culture as elitist activities and, instead, to link art with playfulness and being silly. Play is a key form of learning to a child in early childhood education. The project can, in its own part, introduce playfulness with the help of art and culture to the learning environments and operating culture of early childhood education. The project aims to shake off the current nature of cultural contents tied to a specific location. The duration and continuation of art content in the everyday day-care centre activities should be included in the basic idea of operations.
The planning group of the LAKU project listed some of the most important principles in project work:
- Involvement of children
- Observing cultural diversity in cultural contents
- High pedagogic quality
- Equality between children, groups and areas
- Combining cultural contents to other operations and to form entities
- Playfulness and being silly
- Linking to the goals of the early childhood education plan
- Promoting a sense of community with families and in the areas
- Observing the everyday life at day-care centres