The Centre Régional de Formation des Professionnels de l’Enfance (CRFPE) is an establishment offering higher education in social and welfare work, providing advanced training relating to the education sector and specializing in childhood.
The CRFPE is organized into 2 departments:
- Vocational training in preparation for the National Diploma for Early Childhood Educators (ECE) equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree (EU) or a French ‘Licence’: 180 ECTS
- Continuous training department (including the CAFERUIS social work qualification Master 1 level).
The Centre develops consulting and support activities for local authorities, as well as research activities specializing in childhood (publication scheduled in December 2014).
Our application for the ERASMUS Charter is in line with an ongoing development strategy implemented by our Board of Directors in recent years in order to open up the Centre’s activities on an international scale, including the following elements:
- 2009: First European symposium on ”Respecting children’s rights and educational practice in Europe”, with participating speakers from France, Italy, Belgium, Romania, Norway, the UK, Spain and Germany. The CRFPE made two contributions to this symposium: a reference work (L’Harmattan) and an article (Early Childhood Professions) as well as an exhibition created by students within the framework of a training module on early childhood public policy in Europe. This exhibition is now available to the Region’s partners wishing to present these policies within the framework of a project or event.
- From 2010: ECE training partnership with foreign academics and the University of Liège in particular.
- 2010: participation at the Florence-based international congress ”Training and research on family education”.
- 2011: study trip to Brussels with a class of ECE students on the theme of ”early childhood public policy in Belgium”, drafting of an educational partnership agreement with the Ecole Supérieure d’Educateurs de l’Enfance in Geneva.
- From 2012: students travelling to work placements abroad (Bachelor level): Canada, Benin, Cameroon, etc., partnership agreement with the Republic of Congo covering the professional qualification of childcare practitioners in structures designed for young children.
- 2013: educational partnership agreement with the ISFES in Cotonou (Benin) for the mobility of Early Childhood Education students, organization and set up of ECTS within the ECE training (division into modules and semesters, 180 ECTS on receipt of state diploma).
- 2014: drafting and implementing a training module on “international public policy on early childhood” ( ECTS accreditation), submission of application to the ERASMUS Charter, creation of a new website presenting international relations as one of the CRFPE’s core areas of activity.
Each of these activities is coordinated by a CRFPE standing committee, known as the “international committee”, consisting of education executives and assistants working for the Centre.
To continue the strategy and dynamic outlined above, we plan to negotiate agreements with institutions offering university courses and/or advanced professional training within the educational sphere and specializing in childhood. To this end, we can only consider agreements with countries which have signed the “international convention on the Rights of the Child” (absolute prerequisite for the Board of Directors). Boasting a good understanding of the Nord – Pas-de-Calais region, the CRFPE negotiates agreements with regions offering comparable socio-economic characteristics.
We mainly target students in the second year (L2) of the ECE course and CAFERUIS students (master 1). As regards staff, transnational exchanges will mainly be based on the Centre’s collective portfolio of competencies (child development, management, training expertise, administration, etc.).
Our strategy is fully in line with the project to modernize the teaching system in Europe and aims to fulfil the following objectives:
- promoting qualification and contributing to developing professions,
- developing the skills of current and future professionals, as well as management-level social and welfare professionals,
- accompanying the career paths and projects of those interested in these training courses and adjusting our offer to suit (capitalizing, anticipation).
The CRFPE is directed on a project management basis, involving a high level of delegation and responsibility, by a team of education executives and assistants.
Developing international relations is now a key element of the training centre’s work, in accordance with the policy framework defined by the Board of Directors.