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Practice user registry

This section allows visitors to register child focused practices that they are developing or implementing in order to share knowledge with other users. These practices are posted here to promote information sharing and to support learning across the EU community of  policymakers and providers. A practice entered in this section will automatically be reviewed for inclusion in the Evidence-Based Practice section if the ‘evaluation references’ section below is completed. Additionally, we encourage users to notify us when a new evaluation is completed for a practice that is already listed in this user registry by sending an email to

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1. 'Special Teacher Model’ in Finnish early childhood special education (ECSE)
Finland, 1996 - Still operating

Practice describes an inclusive ECSE trial model in ordinary kindergartens where the special teachers (s-teachers) were assigned to children with special needs. The model was developed because increasingly more children with special needs started to attend ordinary kindergartens with minimal support. The ideology of inclusion along with the huge need for professional expertise in ordinary kindergartens formed the basis of the new model. The main goal of the special teachers’ model was to support children with special needs. Additionally, ST provided the existing staff with the additional assistance and taught new ways of working with children with special needs. Special teachers also provided general and special educational work and consultation with adults, particularly parents. This experimental model is now a permanent system and is a part of a national Early childhood education and Early childhood special education (ECSE) policy in Finland. Read more...

2. An Educational Intervention in Primary School Students Regarding Sun Protection
Greece, 2009  - 2009

Descriptive randomized study in two stages aiming to assess the knowledge and attitudes of primary school students regarding sun protection measures and risks before and after an educational intervention. The sample of children aged 8-12 years attending a school in the prefecture of Korinthia (Greece). The students filled in a questionnaire of 21 items to assess their knowledge and attitudes about sun-related risks and protection measures; secondly, an educational intervention took place; finally, after 15 days, the same students completed the questionnaire again. The results showed that although the level of knowledge increased, there was not a significant shift in attitudes. Read more...

3. Fruehstart– Elterninitiative für Früh- und Risikogeborene Hamburg e.V.
Germany, 1995 - still operating

Fruehstart is an association of and for parents of premature infants. They propose discussions and advice, even after the child has left the hospital. Members of the association include parents, doctors, children’s nurses and therapists. Read more...

4. Prevention in School
Sweden, 2005 - still operating

Prevention in School (PS) is a comprehensive program which aims to improve the learning climate and reduce problem behaviour in elementary schools. Core components are teaching of school rules, praise and rewards to support prosocial behaviour, and a forum involving parents. Read more...

5. Screening programme for Swedish toddlers with autism
Sweden, 2009  - 2011

The evidence from early intervention studies of autism has emphasised the need for early diagnosis. Insight into the early presentation of autism is crucial for early recognition, and routine screening can optimise the possibility for early diagnosis. General population screening was conducted for 2.5-year-old children at child health centres in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the efficacy of the screening instruments in predicting a clinical diagnosis of autism was studied. Read more...