The partnership, initiated in 2017 between UNICEF Georgia and the Government of Poland, aimed to create successful systems for capacity development of preschool educators to enable them to improve the quality of the educational process in line with new national standards. Rustavi public preschool # 31 is one of seven target preschools where educators and other staff were trained and coached as part of the project. The trainings and the series of preschool-based coaching sessions have led to major transformations towards child-friendly physical and learning environments. Importantly, these successful changes were achieved without any additional costs for expensive materials or resources, as the educators enriched the learning environment with accessible recycled and natural resources. Educators are now better tuned in and responsive to the children’s interests and build up the learning process based on the children’s initiative.
Replacing coloring sheets with open-ended artistic materials and letting children express themselves creatively is an important change that supports children’s imagination, emotional well-being, and sense of belonging to the preschool community.