Page: 250-259 Author: Luit, H. v., Nelissen, J. Key words:
Contemporary moves of inhabitants place the most of the advanced states in front of the problem how to guarantee the quality of school education for the children of immigrants. The authors present the situation in the Netherlands and refere about the individual attempts at solution. They discuss in detail the educational programm "Another Small Step on", meant for the children of immigrants at the age of 4-6 years. The aim of the programm is to support language, cognitive, social and emotional development of these children, to prepare them better for the compulsory school attendance. The emphasis of the program is oriented at these spheres: objects, counting, language, reading, space, time. The emphasis is laid on motivation of the child for learning, mastering the subject matter in contexts that children understand, on interactive conception of education, on using semiotical functions of communication.