Following our vision and long-term objectives, we participate in various projects for children and staff within individual groups. We collaborate with parents, experts and other institutions both within and outside our environment.

Trainings for educators for disseminating PWP

Vrtec Trnovo in Zavod RS za šolstvo

Project developer: Suzana Antič
Project members: Renata M. Peršuh, Frančka Šoštarič, Mojca Zupan, Nina Zorko, Klara Sobočan, Petra Arko, Alenka Komljanc, Mojca Garvas.
Consultant: Natalija Komljanc, Ph.D.

Goal: To set up a team of experts for disseminating PWP

Project Work with a Puppet (learning, discovering, inquiring, creating)

Zavod RS za šolstvo

Project developer: Suzana Antič
Project members: educators of Trnovo Kindergarten
Consultant: Natalija Komljanc, Ph.D.

Goal: To develop the children’s competences, to empower the educators for team work, implementation and evaluation activities, to improve the quality of implemented kindergarten curriculum

Opening-Up Initiative – Open Up Slovenia

Ministrstvo za izobraževanje, znanost in šport (MIZŠ)


  • Vrtec Trnovo in drugi vzgojno-izobraževalni zavodi
  • Javni raziskovalni zavodi (Institut Jožef Stefan idr.) in javni infrastrukturni zavodi
  • Univerze in samostojni visokošolski zavodi
  • Drugi javni zavodi (OŠ Savsko naselje …)
  • Gospodarska zbornica Slovenije
  • Pošta Slovenije

Goal: To develop and implement innovative web services and mobile applications in the field of education and to encourage innovation and foster collaboration between educational organizations.

Sports programme “Mali sonček” (Little Sun)

MOL – oddelek za šport

Project promoter: Mojca Garvas
Participating groups: children from 2 to 6 years of age

  • Skating and rollerblade lessons for pre-school children

To implement ABC movement

Kindergarten Reading Badge “Ciciuhec”

Prežihov Voranc Library

Coordinator: Mojca Garvas
Participating groups: children from 3 to 6 years of age

Goal: To encourage reading and expand


Institute for Sustainable Development

Coordinator: Lidija Pristavec
Team members: Lenče Angelova, Klara Sobočan

Goal: To design an ecological garden

Mentorship to students

High School and university of Pedagogy

Coordinator: Mojca Garvas
Team members: educators

Goal: To get to know the working processes, organization of work and the role of educators in the learning process

Introduction of foreign language


Participating groups: children from 5 to 6 years of age

Goal: To get familiar with foreign language and culture

Foreign language acquisition through play

Project developer: Alenka Komljanc
Participating groups: children from 3 to 5 years of age

Goal: To introduce early language acquisition to young children through play.

Science experiments

House of experiments

Participating groups: children of the second age group

Goal: Inquiring and discovering science.


Kindergarten therapy dog

Non-profit organization “Ambasadorji nasmeha”

Participating groups: children from 4 to 6 years of age

Goal: Therapy and activity with dogs in the kindergarten setting.

Erasmus+: “Open Learning Environment – Learning From Each Other”

In the Trnovo Kindergarten, we create a positive atmosphere and an open learning environment, which is also maintained by the constant education of the kindergarten staff. Within the two-year project titled “Open Learning Environment – Learning From Each Other” within the Erasmus+ program, Mobility of Staff, 15 educators got priceless experience while staying and educating abroad. Due to this experience, the participants developed both personally and professionally, placing the Trnovo Kindergarten on the map of innovative and open learning environments. The mobility project enabled us to build new relations with European educational institution and to upgrade our knowledge, which we need for planning new literary-didactical stories.

International Partnerships

Among other things, the Erasmus+ program supports activities that foster international cooperation and exchange. In this respect, we collaborate with the French high school Maison Familiale Rurale du Pays de Montbéliard as a host organization for their students.

In addition to the European programs, we collaborate with the Confucius Institute of Ljubljana and with the 17th Kindergarten in China (Chengdu), with which we have built a friendly relationship and the possibility of exchanging staff.

We are happy to host national and international guests who are impressed by our program and the variety of activities and materials that our educators use in their classes.

Erasmus+: “Pedagogical Puppeteer”

In July 2018, we will start implementing the project »Pedagogical Puppeteer«, which is funded by the Erasmus+ programme. The intention of the project is to upgrade our innovation and take it to the next level, as well as to spread the good practice to other interested environments. Based on the long research and implementation of the Project Work with a Puppet, we would like to introduce a new profile – the so-called Pedagogical Puppeteer. The two-year project will directly and indirectly involve all the educators of the Trnovo kindergarten. They will strengthen the competencies that they need for qualitatively carrying out the every-day activities. The educators will upgrade their animation techniques, learn more about creative drama and acquire narration skills. In this way, they will become inventive educators, competent for the implementation and dissemination of this novelty. Moreover, they will be able to present it to the international public and disseminate it to other interested groups in the form of training. The newly gained experience and knowledge will improve the level of the educators’ key competencies for professional and qualitative class performance within the project work. The trained staff will definitely reinforce the open learning environment in our kindergarten, where we tend to encourage lifelong learning, seek international cooperation and promote creativity and innovation.

Collaboration in NewHoRRIzon project

Europe wants to establish better connection between science, society and technology to adapt the processes and innovation systems to the needs and values of European society. NewHoRRIzon, in which we are carrying out the tasks of a Pilot Action, is a project that wants to integrate Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the research and innovation systems on national and international level. The concept of RRI intends to bridge gaps between science, research and innovation communities and society at large by fostering more inclusive, anticipatory, open and responsive research and innovation systems. RRI incorporates a number of key dimensions such as gender, open access, science education, public engagement, governance and ethics. According to European Commission “it implies that societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organisations, etc.) work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society”. The key element of the NewHoRRIzon project are the so-called Social Labs. Each Social Lab focuses on a different theme of Horizon 2020. The Trnovo Kindergarten is actively involved in the Social Lab 15 – Science with and for Society by carrying out the tasks within the Pilot Action 2 “RRI education”. With the activities, we are pursuing RRI concepts and create open learning environment for encouraging open science within the youngest.


QUEST – Quality Exchange between Skilled Teachers

In the school years 2019/20, 2020/21, and 2021/22, in collaboration with our partner organizations – the French kindergarten Ecole Maternelle Françoise Dolto and the Greek kindergarten 2nd Nipiagogeio of Afandou – we implemented a European project titled QUEST. This project was conducted within the framework of the Erasmus+ KA2 program: strategic partnerships for school exchanges.

Our participation in the project aimed to enrich the existing educational program – the implementation curriculum of the kindergarten – with elements of multiculturalism and multilingualism. The puppet project, which Vrtec Trnovo has been conducting for several years, was disseminated to the French and Greek kindergartens. The central role of the project was played by a literary and didactic story, opening up the pedagogical stage.

Within the project, we carried out seven physical and two virtual teaching, training, and learning activities, with the participation of 26 professionals from three countries. Children actively participated in the project, collaborating and exchanging with their French and Greek peers on the pedagogical stage, acting as the main protagonists in exploring and discovering different materials and content, understanding cultures, acquainting themselves with foreign languages, and learning from each other.

Through the exchange of best practices and the dissemination of the Puppet Project concept and the Pedagogical Puppeteer program, we enriched the implementation curriculum of the kindergarten, expressed cultural diversity through the acquisition of different languages, and presented the acquired knowledge to the wider public.

The entire research and challenge-filled journey was inspiring for all participants. Collaboration and connection with educators and children from the Greek and French kindergartens revealed a significant insight: Love is the fundamental principle of self-development, attraction, or mutual connection based on desire as a magnet. The puppet, in turn, awakened (and continues to awaken) special feelings and emotions in all of us.


Akreditacija Erasmus

Vrtec Trnovo has prepared high-quality content and an organizational development plan, obtaining accreditation under the Erasmus+ program. This acquired document signifies rapid, quality, and efficient facilitation of learning mobility and exchanges with other institutions in the broader European context. The prepared plan enables us to implement high-quality mobility activities that will significantly impact the personal and professional development of our staff, as well as contribute to the development of the kindergarten.

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