The arts in early childhood education

Country: Greece
Training venue: Heraklion Crete
Duration (days): 6 (from Monday to Saturday)
Language of communication: English

> Dates

22-27 June 2020
7-12 December 2020
8-13 March 2021
21-26 June 2021
15-20 November 2021
10-15 January 2022
13-18 June 2022
21-25 November 2022
23-27 January 2023
3-7 April 2023
3-7 July 2023
21-25 August 2023
20-24 November 2023
22-26 January 2024
6-10 May 2024
22-26 July 2024
26-30 August 2024
18-22 November 2024
10-14 February 2025
5-9 May 2025
21-25 July 2025
25-29 August 2025
17-21 November 2025
16-20 February 2026
11-15 May 2026
27-31 July 2026
24-28 August 2026

9-13 November 2026

There is also the possibility to extend the course to 7 days.

> Target group

  • Teachers of primary schools, secondary schools, vocational schools and organizations
  • Adult education teachers
  • Teachers of special needs
  • Teacher trainers
  • Careers officers, counsellors, career guidance
  • Headmasters/principals/managers of schools and organizations offering adult education or vocational education and organizations
  • Infant and toddler specialists
  • Non-governmental organization staff
  • Public Servants, Policy Makers

Every child is born with creative potential. It is our job in early learning programs—and later school years—to nurture that creativity and support resourceful problem-solving, imaginative thinking, and transference of skills and knowledge to new experiences. This new review adds to the growing evidence about how arts participation helps young children develop strong social and emotional skills. Yet we need to delve deeper into how and why the various art forms impact children’s learning. And then most importantly we need to get this information into the hands of teachers who need more assurance that increasing the use of the arts can benefit children’s learning in language and literacy, math and science, and most importantly in social-emotional development.

—Libby Doggett, PhD, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early LearningOffice of Elementary and Secondary EducationU.S. Department of Education

  • social-emotional development
  • social skills
  • cooperation
  • Innovation
  • sustainability
  • initiative
  • early childhood
  • emotion regulation skills
  • problem solving
  • communication
  • decision making
  • undertaking  and  fulfilling  responsibility
  • active participation
  • dynamic interaction of various  areas of development

> Course objectives

  • creativity development
  • thinking and learning
  • cultural competence, interaction and self-expression
  • multiliteracy
  • ensure smooth physical, mental and emotionally development in children and acquisition of positive habits
  • take care of oneself and managing daily life
  • competence in information and communication technology
  • participation and involvement
  • increase the intercultural awareness of participants, to enable them to acquire new skills and to increase their creativity
  • gain useful skills in every aspect of life
  • create a  common  environment  of  education  and  development for children coming from disadvantaged families and environments
  • provide a learning environment, which will guide children’s curiosity, interest and learning motivation and give them opportunities for play
  • promote activities encouraging the creativity in the field of participants
  • strengthening self-confidence
  • develop social values
  • effect a smooth transition from the home to the school
  • development of the ability to act for the local community
  • development of communication skills
  • developing the learning and cognitive skills
  • increasing language competences
  • how to resolve conflicts
  • increasing the self-empowerment and self-esteem
  • empower the participants in developing partnerships and networks

> Methodology

  • team work
  • role play
  • brainstorming
  • mental map
  • workshops
  • from activity to discussion
  • dialogue
  • cooperative learning
  • learning by doing
  • confidence and self-esteem
  • learning from observations
  • creative processing
  • interviews
  • collaboration
  • knowledge transfer
  • enjoyment of learning
  • teaching through examples
  • building trust
  • encouraging holistic development
  • convey the value of education through experience

Day 1

• Welcome and official opening
• Course folders and badges
• Team building activities- Getting to know each other- Ice breaking
• Introduction group members
• Introduction course programme (day by day)
• The importance of early childhood education
• Welcome dinner

Day 2

• Visit a private pre – primary school
• The approach taken to build a strong foundation for a child’s emotional, social, physical and mental development, which will prepare them for a lifetime.
• Divided into small groups design a project (teach numbers, letters, colors, shapes, forms through play and several other activities) and literacy development workshops 

Day 3

• Walk in the historical city center in Heraklion
• Dividing into small groups – City walks
• Ηidden treasure games: Written tour along various points of interest. At each point there is a short explanation and one or more questions / assignments.
• Data collection for the group work
• Presentation of each group

Day 4

• Encourage children to explore their talents, skills and interests
• Plan group projects to encourage preschool children to learn to work collaboratively
✓ workshops in small groups
✓ learning how to share, cooperate within a safe learning environment

Presentation of Erasmus+ will contribute to the discussion for future European projects

Day 5

• Discussions, sharing ideas, and exchanging of practice between participants
• “How your pupils should have the opportunity of experiencing the expression of their knowledge in different ways?”
• Group work (Photography, drama, dance, music, creativity in art, writing should all form part of the participants activities)
• Presentations in groups

Day 6

• Presentation of group works, review of the project, conclusions
• Evaluation of the course
• Closing ceremonies and certificates.

> At the end of the course the participants will:

  • be responsible for disseminating the whole activities to local, regional and national mass media, to platforms and websites
  • understand the principles of formal learning and non-formal learning
  • acquire knowledge and skills to help them enrich their teaching practices
  • learn how to design a lesson through art, music, drama and dance.

The course is implemented by experienced and specialized educators.
All costs can be supported with a grant under Key Action 1 of the Erasmus+ programme.
Course fee: EUR 420
Organisational Support: 200 euro
The course fee and the organisational costs are to be paid by bank transfer, before the course starts, to a limit date established by the course organiser.
The course fee must be paid 45 days prior to the start of the course.
We charge an all-inclusive fee of 130EUR per participant per day

> The program includes:

  • transfer to and from the airport
  • full board accommodation
  • training and working materials
  • cultural activities
  • entrance to all the museums
  • monitoring and evaluation
  • Europass Mobility

> Validation

Upon completion of the course, each participant will be awarded a certificate of attendance, with a Europass Mobility Certificate.

> More information

Location: Heraklion Crete Greece


  • By plane

Many different companies fly into Heraklion and Chania


Heraklion is the main and largest city of the island of Crete, with a total population of 173,993 inhabitants, being the fourth largest city in Greece.

Heraklion International Airport is located 5 kilometers east of the city center of Heraklion.

  • Heraklion International Airport Nikos Kazantzakis is the main international airport of the Greek island of Crete. Heraklion Airport is named after the well-known Greek writer and philosopher Nikos Kazantzakis, who was born in Heraklion.


  • Chania International Airport, “Ioannis Daskalogiannis” is an international airport located near Souda Bay, 15 km from the city of Chania. Chania Airport is located also 185 kilometers away from Heraklion Airport. There is a public bus service between the city of Chania and the airport.
  • by boat from Athens Greece





For further information, please contact us at info@erasmus-morfikepansi.edu.gr