Early childhood educators: Supporting professionalism during COVID-19 – Examples from Albania, Croatia and the Netherlands

Nobody imagined that childhood educators would have to leave their kindergartens and daycare centers to perform their demanding and complex profession from home, without any in-person interaction with children and their families. 

Nobody prepared educators for this change, yet they have to face it with professionalism. In this uncharted territory of early childhood service provision at distance, educators must be supported and the ways of doing so are changing. An ISSA webinar on April 27th (14.00 CET) will share how organizations in three countries are continuing to provide professional support for educators. 




 This webinar shares...

  • Actions taken by organizations focused on early childhood education in Albania, Croatia and the Netherlands to provide educators with the professional support they need to ensure continuity in children’s healthy development and learning in their home environments
  • Insights into interesting approaches of peer support and partnerships with parents
  • Lessons learned during this challenging yet exciting process from highly experienced professional development providers.

Panelists and Moderator


Sanja Brajkovic – Director, Open Academy Step by Step (Croatia)
Simon Hay – Board Member, Child Care International and pedagogue Child Care KindeRdam in Rotterdam (the Netherlands)
Gerda Sula  Director, Step by Step Center (Albania)
Mihaela Ionescu – Program Director, ISSA (the Netherlands)


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ECD resources related to COVID-19


Find additional ECD resources related to COVID-19 here.