In the virtual world, people with common interests can be brought together regardless of where they live. Social networks are a potentially powerful asset to rural dwellers and service providers alike. This is the key message that the PINECL project will promote at policy and practice levels. The PINECL project has been funded under Key Activity 3 of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme.


The aims of the PINECL project are

to develop an accredited training programme that parents can use to become qualified family learning advisors

to provide an online hub where parents can network, share their experience and support each other

to bring parents in rural communities and social and healthcare service providers together in support of early childhood development and education


The objectives of the PINECL project are

to develop micro-social networks that can be used to provide educational and social service supports to parents of young children living in rural communities

to support the transition from parent to professional for adult learners by developing skills in parenting, early childhood development and language acquisition

to provide a selection of learning resources and simulation videos to support the development of parenting skills

Target Groups

The target groups of the PINECL project are

Parents of young children from infancy up to primary school age

Adult learners who would like to train and acquire accreditation as lay family learning advisors

Social and healthcare workers supporting parents of young children