Kindergarten in hospitals
In partnership with kindergartens and hospitals, six programmes have been established for children at hospitals in Zagreb, Sisak, Zadar and Rijeka for pre-school children who suffer from health issuesFor pre-school children who cannot attend pre-school institutions due to their health issues, pre-school education programmes have been established in health institutions, and in partnership with kindergartens and hospitals, six programs have been set up in:
- Zagreb (Children's Hospital Zagreb and University Hospital Centre Zagreb);
- Sisak (General Hospital “Dr. Ivo Pedišić”);
- Zadar (General Hospital Zadar);
- Rijeka (University Hospital Centre Rijeka – Kantrida).
The General Hospital in Zadar has established a programme of preschool education in cooperation with the kindergarten “Sunce”, and in Rijeka the kindergarten “Rijeka” has a programme of pre-school education in the University Hospital Centre Rijeka, Pediatric Clinic in Kantrida.
In the programme of pre-school education for children with special health needs, the following important tasks are accomplished:
- creating a positive socio-emotional environment or educational environment that meets the needs of children in specific hospital conditions;
- encouraging motor and cognitive development and the impact on other areas of development which increase in importance as the child grows up, thus establishing a balance between the child's needs and abilities;
- proper and timely identification and satisfaction of personal needs by supporting the development of self-confidence and self-esteem and strengthening social skills;
- respecting the specifics of age, health status and individual needs of children;
- impact on meeting the child's needs for speech expression, acquisition of new knowledge and creativity;
- enabling family members to attend and actively participate in work with children.