By Paul Schober, GeSoB
On 27 February 2020 we invited policy makers, directors, special educators, leisure educators and teachers to St. Pölten. We presented and discussed the Quality Criteria developed in the project and collected inputs for the implementation within the framework of schools.
The main purpose of this meeting was to present our outcomes on Quality Criteria and to gather inputs for further steps regarding the CAPS implementation in Austria.
We started with the presentation of the CAPS project and then went on to discuss the results of the CAPS Quality Criteria by the following main topics:
1) THE SCHOOL MANAGEMENT SUPPORTS THE CHILDREN'S PLAY
2) A WRITTEN CONCEPT FOR PLAY PROMOTION IS IMPORTANT
3) CHILDREN HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO PLAY
4) CHILDREN HAVE ENOUGH SPACE TO PLAY
5) SCHOOL CULTURE ENCOURAGES PLAY
This meeting was driven by many innovative ideas on how we could make everyday school life in Austria a little freer for play.
The Quality Criteria were very well received, and we received valuable input for the further steps of the project.
The participants are now waiting for the final results of the project and we were able to enlarge the circle of people interested in the CAPS project in Austria again.