“With Kids on the Lake” starts in the Upper Varese area


The project “With the children on the lake “, funded by the Impresa Sociale Con in Bambini, it was born from aintuition of Fondazione Asilo Mariuccia and Eureka social cooperative and it is aimed at children in the 0-3 year range and their families.

“We have chosen to network and give life to one consortium of 20 partners, including 11 municipalities, the Valli del Verbano mountain community, various associations and organizations in the third sector, as well as a specialist center ”, let the foundation know.

A project there affects two areas in the province of Varese: the extent of Luino and Laveno-Cittiglio. These are mainly mountainous territories with 52 municipalities, often small or very small (even with a few hundred inhabitants) and with poor public transport, especially in the inner valleys, and affected by a slow depopulation process. In an area with similar characteristicsAccess to services is often difficult, as well as opportunities to create and maintain formal and informal family support networks. The context of fragility is exacerbated by the growing difficulties of counselors in offering services and the increasing pressure to which municipal social services are exposed, which impairs the ability to take responsibility.

Numerous migrant families also live in the area who find it more difficult to turn to the various services for minors aged 0-3, and for reasons of cultural diversity and unnecessaryness; even among Italian families, many do not attend 0-3 worship services because they have no need.

This situation in recent years has been further exacerbated by the constraints imposed by the pandemic.

The outcome of the pandemic phase suggests Also there need for a more conscious use of natural heritage and outdoor activities. That the area that the project is aimed at is rich in natural beauty and therefore “we wanted to offer tools and opportunities where the enjoyment of nature becomes an opportunity for experiences and relationships also for the little ones”, the Foundation continues.

The project therefore arises in planning framework for the animation of the territory and intends to offer opportunities for comparison and socialization to prevent the emergence of difficulties in the parental role and to activate a network that acts as a privileged observatory to capture any growth difficulties in children.

The project proposals are many:

Children’s area: they are meeting rooms for children accompanied by their caregivers, where the little ones can play and perform pedagogical and socialization activities prepared by the educators who “model” for the adult. Adults, for their part, will have the opportunity to exchange views, share experiences and build informal groups. 3 fixed child places and 3 traveling child places are activated.

On weekends and in the spring and summer periods, “BimboBus runs“, A van equipped with all the necessary materials, will carry out entertainment activities in the area for suggestions that can be enjoyed by the whole family in parks and meeting places.

To see the days and times of the first meetings, click here

Parental information: the service must support the new and existing children’s rooms with the aim of providing new parents with a range of information in the light of the many and varied questions and confusions that arise in relation to the birth and the first months / years of a child’s life. The service will be able to provide pedagogical advice, support in the presentation of the various bonuses and guidance on access to the various services or specific advice that may be needed. The service will be available in person, but also online.

Peaceful parent: a home care of the core is envisaged, which results in the accompaniment of an operator (pediatrician, 0/3 service educator with very solid experience) throughout the perinatal period, characterized by building a relationship of trust, transfer of knowledge, actions for safety and monitoring of the core. The service is designed to be activated both at the direct request of the core and at the indication of Social Services, which would have an additional protection and protection tool that can be used.

Train a babysitter and find a babysitter: training courses for babysitters will be activated with the aim of providing the necessary tools to perform the role of babysitter with sufficient awareness. A supply / demand cross-referencing tool will be set up, which may represent a reference point for families in the area, where only a number of “trained” babysitters will be “enrolled”. The babysitter qualification courses will be activated free of charge and at the same time as the supply / demand matching service and will be repeated throughout the project’s three-year operating period to keep the register up to date.

Outdoor classrooms: The covid-19 emergency has taught us how much outdoor space can be valued and used in educational work in all age groups. However, being outdoors and educating open spaces is not the same thing. Open pedagogical spaces, especially in the age group 0/3, require a special structure that primarily responds to needs with regard to the protection of children, without, however, making the pedagogical feeling of the experience disappear. Pedagogical planning courses, construction and maintenance of outdoor teaching spaces are made available for the services 0/6 years, which end with specific training courses for use. In addition, permanent outdoor teaching workshops will be activated, which can be used both for adult education (teachers, educators, parents) and for specific activities aimed at children with their caregivers.

Widespread training: the area affected by the project has a particularly varied 0-3 service system, ranging from micronids controlled by 1 or 2 people and active for a short time to dimensionally important services with more than 30 years of history behind them; we have services that are completely linked to individual initiative and services that are born and grow in connection with public initiative.

“The training and sales promotion for outdoor teaching has been identified as cardinal and strategic in order to constitute as many best practices in the field as possiblewe want in the prevention of burnout of operators and in the early recognition of abuse to identify the other basic and cross-cutting cornerstone of widespread training – concludes by Asilo Mariuccia Foundation – We want to build so as varied a catalog of education as possible, which the individual education agencies can book for. regarding formal training of parents will continue with strategies to reactivate the pedagogical curiosity in presence also through peer-to-peer training, followed by a limited number of meetings characterized by presenters / communicators with a secure interest placed in events of significant size.


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