ISSA Connects for Learning: Early Childhood Education and Care during the Pandemic
Event date: 
Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 10:30
Event end date: 
Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 12:30
Registration before: 
Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 10:15
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ISSA Connects for Learning is bringing you another opportunity to come together with peers! Come learn with us, 2 - 4 November 2021. The ISSA community will host three professional development sessions to stimulate learning and sharing within our Network. Join us for interactive sessions this November, all free of charge. Click here for an overview of the three sessions.

4 November 2021 | 10:30 - 12:30 CET
Early Childhood Education and Care during the Pandemic

NESET report on lessons learned and implications for policy and practice

Considering that all children, and particularly those who are most societally disadvantaged, risk being among the biggest victims of the pandemic. Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) can greatly contribute in supporting children and families during the crisis and beyond. The COVID-19 situation may in fact  represent an opportunity for the ECEC sector to revisit its identity and evaluate the lessons learned, both in terms of its daily practice after the emergency, and as a possible preparation for future crises.   

Considering all this, this session will present the results of a recent study conducted by the NESET network for the European Commission on lessons learned concerning governing quality ECEC during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The report explores the different ways and measures through which selected EU Member States – two countries (Sweden  and Croatia), as well as three regions (Flanders in Belgium, Berlin in Germany and Emilia-Romagna  in Italy) – have attempted to ensure high-quality ECEC for children and families during the first year of the pandemic (March-December  2020). The five areas of the EQF (European Quality Framework) are used as  a lens  for data analysis: accessibility, workforce, curriculum, monitoring and evaluation, governance and funding.   

The analysis shows that ECEC played a crucial role in countering the negative effects of the pandemic on children, families and communities. However, compared with other levels of education, ECEC appears to have been one of the sectors most vulnerable to the policy decisions taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The results of the report, its policy recommendations and some examples from the participating countries will be presented and discussed with the audience.   


Henriette Heimgaertner, Board President, ISSA, the Netherlands

Nima Sharmahd, Senior Researcher, VBJK, Belgium 

Victoria Rauch, Programme Coordinator, Open Academy Step By Step, Croatia

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