Publications by ISSA Members


Together Old and Young: A training manual for intergenerational learning activities

Launched in 2012, the TOY project (Together Old and Young) is about bringing young children, up to 9 years old, together with older people for them to meet, get to know each other, learn and have fun. Funded by the European Commission and implemented in several European countries like The Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Poland, Ireland and Slovenia, the project counts now with a practical manual on how to organize intergenerational workshops.

The toolkit provides background information on this new learning approach, guidelines on how to structure and organize a TOY training workshop and five modules with examples of activities, hand-outs and additional research material.


Ieder kind een eigen verhaal: Samen verschillend in kindercentra / Each child its own story: Diversity in child care centers

Every child starting at a childcare centre (day care, preschool and afterschool care) brings along its own experiences and its own history. This is the reason for the title of this book: Each child its own story. Diversity in child care centres from brith to 13 years. A Child Care and Education Centre is like a micro society for children, families and professionals where diversity plays a key role among children, the adults and their ideas. The child care centre is a meeting place that gives a feeling of belonging to the child and where nobody is less or more important.
Each child its own story tells about respect for diversity, handling similarities and differences in issues like preferences, talents and cultural backgrounds. Attention is also paid to children with special needs. This publication has been written for parents, educators and teachers inviting them to learn from each other and to experience how diversity can broaden their horizons and their world. So they can encourage each child to feel welcome. The publication is based on the Dutch national pedagogical framework Diversity in child care centres 0-13 years’ (2012) from the same authors.

Anke van Keulen is social pedagogue and partner in Bureau MUTANT. She is specialized in quality pedagogy in child care centres and in respect for diversity.
Elly Singer is researcher, pedagogue and psychologist at the Universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam.

This publication is available only on Dutch.


A good start: how to introduce alternative early childhood education service in local communities 

Developed by the ISSA member, Comenius Foundation for Child Development in Poland and with the support of Bernard Van Leer Foundation, this publication provides arguments for investing in new forms of pre-school education, with an impressive range of practical tips on how to set up alternative early education services as well as strategies to engage communities and local authorities in. With the assistance of the UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS, the Comenius Foundation has published a high valuable document including examples from all over Europe such as the Portuguese initiative of Itinerant Teachers, in which a certain number of educators travel across a region giving education and care to children at one of their homes as a way to offer access to dispersed local communities.

Organized in two parts, the contents of this book are firmly grounded in professional expertise and years of intense experience of working with a variety of stakeholders. The text is supported by excellent examples. Although written within and for Poland, this publication has many useful ideas and lessons for CEE/CIS countries.


The Ecology of Peace: Formative Childhoods and Peace Building

AÇEV Foundation, ISSA’s member organization in Turkey, is please to share this report, which is the result of a joint project. Yale University, UNICEF, AÇEV Foundation, the Fetzer Institute and other global partners have embarked on a joint initiative to achieve the common objective of analyzing the linkages between early childhood development (ECD) and peace building through scientific research, to disseminate results and advocate for better policies on global platforms - as a pathway to sustainable peace. 

For more information, contact Nur Sucuka at


Professional Learning Communities

In recent years, Open Academy Step by Step, ISSA’s member organization in Croatia, has worked on developing Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) within primary schools, as a school-based professional development model using ISSA’s Quality Resource Pack. Within this initiative, Open Academy Step by Step developed a training module for teachers who are leaders of learning communities. As a result of their experience, the NGO published the book Professional Learning Communities, authored by Sanja Brajkovic, Program Director at Open Academy Step by Step. The book, which promotes ISSA’s definition of Quality Pedagogy and the Quality Resource Pack, provides both theoretical background and practical experience in building PLCs in Croatian schools.

‘The values of this book are numerous. It provides an overview of research and findings that underline the importance of professional development for teachers based on teacher’s and school’s needs, which teachers create through professional collaboration. Furthermore, the book describes in detail all the steps in the development of a learning community, gives warning of possible problems and provides practical guidelines for activities. Finally, the special value of the book is that it was built on experience in Croatian schools, which confirms the high motivation of our teachers for changing themselves and the school from the "inside."’ (Prof Vlatka Domovic, Reviewer of the book)

The book is available in Croatian and NOW in English.

For more information, contact Sanja Brajković at


Manual for Diversification of Programs for Preschool Education

Two ISSA members, CIP (Center for Interactive Pedagogy/Serbia) and VBJK/Belgium, co-authored this manual as a result of the work they carried out under two large projects in Serbia:

  • IMPRES Project – Improvement of Preschool Education in Serbia, with funding from the European Commission and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development/Serbia

  • Kindergarten without Borders: Expanding Early Learning Opportunities for Young Children - supported by UNICEF and IKEA.