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The Potential Profile

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High quality day-care centres are of major significance for the individual child’s future prospects, especially for socially at-risk children.

The Potential Profile ensures development of high quality day-care centres via a new and effective form of partnership between public departments. High quality makes it possible for all children, irrespective of conditions and background, to gain optimal possibilities for well-being, development and learning - and to feel valuable participants in the community.

The Potential Profile builds on the visions of human rights and social justice which derive from the UN’s Convention on Human Rights and its Convention on the Rights of the Child and UNESCO’s Salamanca Declaration. The work on social inclusion of at-risk children in both the short and the long term is an important factor in securing the community´s cohesion and makes the public sector an important partner in the creation of a better society.

Creating high quality municipal day-care centres is a challenge involving many players in the public sector. It has been possible to map the quality in day-care centres, but it has not been possible to couple the map with interventions which can ensure an improvement in quality. The Potential Profile ensures development of high quality day-care centres by creating a close correlation between the map of the centre´s quality and a tool for intervention. Tailor-made effective actions precisely suiting the individual centre’s need for quality improvement are prepared.

Danish studies have shown that actions in relation to at-risk children have the wrong focus and are initiated too late. The Potential Profile changes inappropriate procedures in the municipal system and creates resource-oriented effective and preventive early action. Employees in administration gain new tools and work in a new way, so that they become better at creating effective measures for skills development methodologies of staff.

The Potential Profile has a well-defined implementation strategy. Care is taken to ensure that the employees in the day-care centres gain new and research-based knowledge, and integrate relevant new pedagogical tools in their everyday life via education, training, collegial coaching and supervision.

Three day-care centres have worked with the project from 2012-2014. The results show a drop in the number of children in difficulty and that the employees now see more resources and skills in this group of children. The project has a positive influence on the development of the employees’ relational competence and the sense of the community in the day-care centre, e.g. the employees’ ability in positive group management and the creation of a positive children’s environment via clear values and rules. The project also has a positive effect on the centre’s organisation and structures. There is an increase in the employees’ knowledge and competency to act, especially in relation to their experience of being able to look after needs among children in difficulty.

The project also creates positive cultural changes in relation to shared values, and new pedagogical practices and learning processes. The staff finds that the project has increased their professional level via new knowledge and new pedagogical tools. The project provides a common foundation in the pedagogical work.

The project is now being extended to additional day-care centres in the municipality, and initiatives have been taken to enable other day-care centres in other municipalities, and other countries, to work with the Potential Profile.

Award info
Award category: the public sector as partner for a better society - supra-local and local level
Award type: diploma
Award year: 2015
Project type
Sector: Education (higher and lower), training and learning
Type of activity:
Keywords: High quality day-care, socially at-risk children, new procedures and methods
Short English description: The Potential Profile ensures development of high quality day-care centres via a new and effective form of partnership between public departments. High quality makes it possible for all children, irrespective of conditions and background, to gain optimal possibilities for well-being, development and learning - and to feel valuable participants in the community.
Further information
Organisation: Ikast-Brande Municipality
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Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Denmark
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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