Scan Magazine, Issue 101, June 2017

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Scan Magazine

Social Enterprise Spotlight




Nutrition and healthy eating habits make up part of the Bravo tool.

At the forefront of early childhood development Social entrepreneur Heidi Aabrekk, head of Intempo, identified a gap in early childhood development. Having studied pedagogics at university, it was during her first maternity leave that she discovered that something was missing in the development of young children.

utes and is divided into four stages with different activities. It is especially suited for kindergartens and preschools during assemblies.

By Pernille Johnsen

Aabrekk works towards ambitious goals with inspiring drive and enthusiasm. “We want every child in the Nordics to have access to Bravo,” says Aabrekk. With partners in Denmark and interest from the Sami-populated areas in Finland and Sweden, Intempo is well underway. “We translate and make each programme set culture-specific so that children in other areas acquire familiarity with their culture and surroundings,” the entrepreneur explains.


Photos: Kristin Stoylen

“I didn’t have the tools to support my son in his early development, and I wanted to mitigate the gap I identified,” she says. With her entrepreneurial spirit, Aabrekk went ahead and researched what she felt was missing. What she found was that early efforts to stimulate brain functions for children between the stages of infancy and three years old provided tangible and substantial results. Aabrekk decided that she did not want to keep the information to herself. Sitting on a well of knowledge without sharing 20 |

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June 2017

it seemed like a waste, so she founded Intempo and the Bravo programme, focusing on play and a series of activities fostering brain development from an earlier age than is currently practised at preschool and in kindergartens throughout Scandinavia.

The Bravo tool and Nordic-wide efforts The method focuses on the core principles of physical activity, sensory experiences and interaction with adults. The programme takes approximately 15 min-

All about the research The science behind early efforts to promote and stimulate the brain of children

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