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Moldova, children 3-5, children 5-8, professional development
Reflective teachers for quality education is a book reflecting the Step by Step Moldova NGO experience in promoting transformative democratic, child/earner-centered education. The book has three chapters. Chapter one – From the Diversity of Teachers’ Practices - presents reflections from the...
2021
Ed. Cornelia Cincilei
Step by Step Educational Program
Moldova
Romanian
Cornelia Cincilei, ccincilei@gmail.com
ECEC, quality, Belgium, Italy, Lithuania, children 0-6, ECEC spaces, educare
EDUCAS Toolbox aims to support coordinators, coaches, trainers, professionals that seek to stimulate professional development paths with ECEC staff with the aim to create child and friendly learning spaces in ECEC centres.  The Toolbox includes pedagogical approaches, methods and tools used during...
2021
EDUCAS project
VBJK, Center for Innovative Education, University of Parma, ISSA
Belgium, Italy, Lithuania
Dutch, English, Italian
Nima Sharmahd, nima.sharmahd@vbjk.be
ECEC, quality, early childhood policy, ECEC spaces, educare
Educating and caring for young children is a big responsibility, challenge and commitment. The POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS for strengthening the importance of SPACE and EDUCARE approach in early childhood systems aim at providing a comprehensive set of recommendations for policymakers on EU and national...
2021
VBJK, Center for Innovative Education and ISSA
EDUCAS team
Belgium, Lithuania and Italy
English
Nima Sharmahd, nima.sharmahd@vbjk.be
ECEC, quality, Lithuania, children 0-6, ECEC spaces, educare
Throughout the three years of the EDUCAS project, partners in Belgium (FL), Italy and Lithuania have undertaken a thorough examination of existing visions and methods related to organizing ECEC environments in their contexts. With the support of two ECEC centres in each country, they have locally...
2021
Regina Sabaliauskiene
Center for Innovative Education
Lithuania
English
Regina Sabaliauskiene, regina@uic.lt
ECEC, quality, Italy, children 0-6, ECEC spaces, educare
Throughout the three years of the EDUCAS project, partners in Belgium (FL), Italy and Lithuania have undertaken a thorough examination of existing visions and methods related to organizing ECEC environments in their contexts. With the support of two ECEC centres in each country, they have locally...
2021
Ada Cigala and Sara Berti
University of Parma
Italy
English
Sara Berti, sara.berti@unipr.it
ECEC, quality, Belgium, children 0-6, ECEC spaces, educare
Throughout the three years of the EDUCAS project, partners in Belgium (FL), Italy and Lithuania have undertaken a thorough examination of existing visions and methods related to organizing ECEC environments in their contexts. With the support of two ECEC centres in each country, they have locally...
2021
Nima Sharmahd and Caroline Boudry
VBJK
Belgium
English
Nima Sharmahd, nima.sharmahd@vbjk.be
parenting support, holistic approach, family
Creating warm, nurturing home environments is not easy, especially when confronted with the many challenges of daily life, and it has been widely acknowledged that all families, within or outside a “crisis mode”, need support. More and more, reports echoing parents’ voices (Cooney, 2020) highlight...
2021
ISSA
ISSA
the Netherlands
English
Eva Izsak, eizsak@issa.nl
early childhood care and education, quality, European Union
The central aim of this study is to examine what measures have been taken by 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) – to deal with the COVID-19 crisis during the first year of the...
2021
Katrien van Laere, Nima Sharmahd et al
VBJK
Belgium
English
Nima Sharmahd, nima.sharmahd@vbjk.be
children 0-3, parenting support
The World Health Organization advises mothers to exclusively breastfeed their newborn babies for at least 6 months. In the Netherlands, a recent assessment of breastfeeding practices showed that 69% of the mothers start breastfeeding after birth. After one week this number declines to 58%, and to...
2020
Wilma Otten, Ilona Wildeman, Kim Kranenborg, Caren Lanting, Sylvia van der Pal
TNO Child Health
The Netherlands
Dutch
Sylvia van der Pal, Sylvia.vanderpal@tno.nl; Wilma Otten, wilma.otten@tno.nl
early childhood care and education, ECEC, early childhood policy, children 0-3, children 3-5, workforce, family
Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic The InTrans project has identified five key actions that policy decision-makers, providers and leaders should undertake – in social dialogue with trade union organizations – to enhance the participation of children and families to ECEC in times of crisis...
2021
InTrans
English
Nima Sharmahd, nima.sharmahd@vbjk.be
early childhood care and education, ECEC, early childhood policy, children 0-3, children 3-5, workforce
Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic showed how crucial it is to keep the relationship between ECEC centres and families and children alive. Considering the possible fear and stress that parents and children experienced during the pandemic situation, ECEC had to invest...
2021
InTrans
English
Nima Sharmahd, nima.sharmahd@vbjk.be
transitions, early childhood care and education, early childhood development, early childhood services, quality integrated services, social inclusion
Draft document The InTrans project aims at influencing the systemic conditions needed in order to disseminate and implement good transitional practices on a wider scale. The ultimate goal is to ensure that more children and families, especially the most vulnerable ones, can benefit from...
2020
InTrans consortium
VBJK, University of Ghent (Centre for Diversity and Learning and Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy), University of Bologna, Tampere University, ERI, BUPL
Belgium
English
Nima Sharmahd, nima.sharmahd@vbjk.be
transitions, early childhood care and education, early childhood development, early childhood policy, early childhood services, quality integrated services
Transitions across the home environment, early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings and compulsory school education (CSE) mark significant changes in the life of children and their families and communities. Positive experiences of transition between educational levels can be a critical...
2019
Van Laere, K., Boudry, C., Balduzzi, L., Lazzari, A., S., Prodger, A., Welsh, C. Geraghty, S., Režek, M., Mlinar, M.
Educational Research Institute, University of Bologna – Department of Education ‘G.M. Bertin’, VBJK – Centre for Innovation in the Early Years, Pen Green Centre and Research Base, Preschool and Primary School Direzione Didattica di Vignola, et al
Slovenia
English
Katrien Van Laere, katrien@vbjk.be
peer learning activities, professional development, early childhood development, children 3-5, children 5-8
This handout presents in brief the Persona Dolls methodology and provides a brief and concise overview of how we can create a doll with personality, the main rules for making the dolls, the steps that need to be taken in advance, the main phases of a persona dolls session and some story examples...
Zsuzsa László
Partners Hungary Foundation
Hungary
English
Zsuzsa László, laszlozsuzsa01@gmail.com
children 0-3, France, early childhood development, family, parenting support, playful parenting, reading to children, play, social-emotional learning, nutrition, child-centered practice
A combilation of videos addressed to families and ECD professionals, that aim at explaining the developmental stages of the child and how we can support children's holistic development and autonomy. Learn more about Ensemble for Early Childhood Education on the website, Facebook, Twitter and...
Ensemble for Early Childhood Education
France
English, French
Aurelia Rabe, aurelia.rabe@eduensemble.org
early childhood policy, early childhood services, ECEC, family, parenting support, quality integrated services, services for children
This toolbox explains how to organize accessible and flexible childcare businesswise. The toolbox consists of a folder, four concrete examples of business models and a template of a business model canvas that you can complete yourself. Download the Business Toolbox: PACE Business Folder EN (169 KB...
2020
Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, Department of Early Childhood; Karel de Grote University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Dutch, English
An Raes, an.raes@arteveldehs.be
early childhood policy, early childhood services, ECEC, family, parenting support, quality integrated services, services for children
This report outlines how the access to childcare and employment can be enhanced for families living in vulnerable conditions by investing in strong systems, organisations and staff. It highlights what measures can be taken to support families into childcare and employment and to enhance their...
2020
An Raes, Wendy Eerdekens, Jan Naert
Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, Department of Early Childhood; Karel de Grote University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Belgium
English
An Raes, an.raes@arteveldehs.be
early childhood policy, early childhood services, ECEC, family, parenting support, quality integrated services, services for children
Providing accessible childcare can improve chances of vulnerable parents in general and on the labour market. With PACE we want to explore organising occasional and/or flexible childcare. As we are working with vulnerable parents, we have to be aware of their difficult living reality, where they...
2020
Katrien Van Den Bosch
Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, Department of Early Childhood; Karel de Grote University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Belgium
English
An Raes, an.raes@arteveldehs.be
non-formal education, Roma, early childhood development, early childhood policy, early childhood services, equity, family, TOY for inclusion, social inclusion, vulnerable groups
TOY to Share, Play to Care is a two-year project (January 2019 – January 2021) that builds on previous work undertaken by International Child Development Initiatives (ICDI), a Netherlands-based non-governmental organization. Specifically, it follows upon the project TOY for Inclusion, 2017-2019.The...
2021
Mathias Urban, Gillian Lake, Geraldine French, Fiona Giblin, and Thérèse Farrell of the Early Childhood Research Centre at Dublin City University
Early Childhood Research Centre, DublinCity University
Ireland
English
Giulia Cortellesi, giulia@icdi.nl
Belgium, Lithuania, Italy, ECEC, early childhood development, early childhood policy, family, professional development, social inclusion, holistic approach, inclusive practice, vulnerable groups
The EDUCAS project planned to start the Continuous Professional Development Paths (CPD) in the three countries involved (Belgium, Lithuania, Italy) with specific focus groups involving families and staff in the ECEC centers partners of the project. The aim of the focus groups has been: 1) gaining...
2021
EDUCAS project
VBJK, Center for Innovative Education in Lithuania, University of Parma
Belgium, Lithuania and Italy
English
Nima Sharmahd, nima.sharmahd@vbjk.be
early childhood development, family, parenting support, professional development, Early Childhood Workforce Initiative, home visiting
The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has upended families’ lives, with school closures, social distancing, and stay-at-home measures limiting their access to support systems, while adding to health concerns and economic uncertainties. As families face these varied stressors, it is even...
2021
Kavita Hatipoglu with support from Michelle Neuman and Denise Bonsu (R4D) and Konstantina Rentzou and Zorica Trikic (ISSA)
R4D, ISSA
English
Slovenia, ECEC, professional development, holistic approach, teacher assistant, early childhood policy
The purpose of this report is to demonstrate development and implementation of a common path of professional development for professionals: ECEC core and assisting practitioners in two Slovenian kindergartens involved in the VALUE project.The aim of the VALUE project was to create a ‘path of...
2020
Mateja Režek, Jerneja Jager, Tina Mervic
VBJK - Centre for Innovation in the Early Years, ERI - Educational Research Institute
Slovenia
English
Portugal, ECEC, professional development, holistic approach, teacher assistant, early childhood policy
In this report we present a description and reflection of the learning path carried out in Portugal, by the teams of Lisbon and Santarém. After a previous contextualization about the ECEC system in Portugal, we share information on the two institutions where the pilot studies took place (one...
2020
Alexandra Marques, Maria João Cardona
VBJK - Centre for Innovation in the Early Years, ERI - Educational Research Institute
Portugal
English
Denmark, ECEC, professional development, holistic approach, teacher assistant, early childhood policy
This report examines the question "How can professional development in learning laboratories enhance professional identity, a holistic perspective approach to education and care (educare) and collaboration among and between core and assisting practitioners within Danish ECEC settings?" Overall,...
2020
Bente Jensen & Maria Marquard
VBJK - Centre for Innovation in the Early Years, ERI - Educational Research Institute
Denmark
English
Belgium, ECEC, professional development, holistic approach, teacher assistant, early childhood policy
In this Belgian Pilot Report, conducted as part of the VALUE project, we examine how collaborative learning between ECEC core and assisting practitioners can be supported as part of sustainable CPD (Continuous Professional Development) path in the context of Flemish community of Belgium. 
2020
Kaat Verhaeghe, Marleen Rosiers, Sabine Van Houte, Jo Van de Weghe, Hester Hulpia, Sandra Van der Mespel & Katrien Van Laere
VBJK - Centre for Innovation in the Early Years, ERI - Educational Research Institute
Belgium
English
Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, Slovenia, ECEC, professional development, holistic approach, teacher assistant, early childhood policy
The ambition of this roadmap is to inspire you, as a reader, to strengthen collaboration between assisting and core practitioners in ECEC. The underlying idea is that better collaboration strengthens individual practitioners and teams in addressing all aspects of children’s well-being, development...
2020
Sandra Van der Mespel, Mónica Brazinha, Hester Hulpia, Bente Jensen, Maria Marquard, Mateja Režek, Joana Sousa
VBJK - Centre for Innovation in the Early Years, ERI - Educational Research Institute, DPU – Danish school of Education, Aarhus University Aga Khan Foundation, ESE – IPSantarém, Erasmus University College, Karel de Grote University College
Belgium
Slovenian, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, English
Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, Slovenia, ECEC, professional development, holistic approach, teacher assistant, early childhood policy
In this VALUE endline report, the following question is examined: How can continuous professional development (CPD) strengthen professional identity, holistic approaches to educational work (educare) and cooperation between core and assisting practitioners working within the field of Early...
2020
Bente Jensen, Hester Hulpia, Mateja Režek
VBJK - Centre for Innovation in the Early Years, ERI - Educational Research Institute
Denmark
English
family, parenting support, health, ECEC, vulnerable groups, professional development, Portugal, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, early childhood development
The fourth and final International Learning Exchange Visit of the crossnational EU PINN Project, took place virtually on 2, 3 and 4 November 2020. Our goal for this learning exchange visit was to get a better understanding of the role maternity services and parenting support play in prevention and...
2020
English
Greece, ECEC, learning, refugee children
The Toolkit aims to support the work of nursery teachers with young refugee children and their families. It consists the Guidebook with methodological and theoretical guidelines; Activity cards with examples of activities for children under 4 years of age organized in 3 clusters: Welcoming the...
2020
EADAP and ISSA
English, Greek
Natacha Papaprocopiu, natachaapapap@gmail.com
Greece, early childhood development, learning, refugee children, kindergarten
A guidebook which aims to support and inform the work of kindergarten teachers engaged in kindergartens in refugee camps on the Aegean islands, but can also be of help in various kindergarten settings.The guidebook besides hints on how to support kindergarten teachers, addresses topics such as...
2020
ISSA, University of Patras and Refugee Trauma Initiative (RTI)
English, Greek
Zorica Trikic, ztrikic@issa.nl
Georgia, early childhood development, family, parenting support, vulnerable groups, children with disabilities
During the lockdown, the Child Development Institute at Ilia State University continued its activities by providing services at the distance. All distance interventions included parents or other family members. In order to support their work at home, specialists were designing tailored activities...
2020
Child Development Institute, Ilia State University
Georgia
Georgian
Khatuna Dolidze, khatuna.dolidze.1@iliauni.edu.ge
Georgia, early childhood development, family, parenting support, vulnerable groups, children with disabilities
During the lockdown, the Child Development Institute at Ilia State University continued its activities by providing services at the distance. All distance interventions included parents or other family members. In order to support their work at home, specialists were designing tailored activities...
2020
Child Development Institute, Ilia State University
Georgia
Georgian
Khatuna Dolidze, khatuna.dolidze.1@iliauni.edu.ge
Georgia, early childhood development, family, parenting support, vulnerable groups, children with disabilities
During the lockdown, the Child Development Institute at Ilia State University continued its activities by providing services at the distance. All distance interventions included parents or other family members. In order to support their work at home, specialists were designing tailored activities...
2020
Child Development Institute, Ilia State University
Georgia
Georgian
Khatuna Dolidze, khatuna.dolidze.1@iliauni.edu.ge
Georgia, early childhood development, family, parenting support, vulnerable groups, children with disabilities
During the lockdown, the Child Development Institute at Ilia State University continued its activities by providing services at the distance. All distance interventions included parents or other family members. In order to support their work at home, specialists were designing tailored activities...
2020
Child Development Institute, Ilia State University
Georgia
Georgian
Khatuna Dolidze, khatuna.dolidze.1@iliauni.edu.ge
Georgia, early childhood development, family, parenting support, vulnerable groups, children with disabilities
During the lockdown, the Child Development Institute at Ilia State University continued its activities by providing services at the distance. All distance interventions included parents or other family members. In order to support their work at home, specialists were designing tailored activities...
2020
Child Development Institute, Ilia State University
Georgia
Georgian
Khatuna Dolidze, khatuna.dolidze.1@iliauni.edu.ge
Georgia, early childhood development, family, parenting support, vulnerable groups, children with disabilities
During the lockdown, the Child Development Institute at Ilia State University continued its activities by providing services at the distance. All distance interventions included parents or other family members. In order to support their work at home, specialists were designing tailored activities...
2020
Child Development Institute, Ilia State University
Georgia
Georgian
Khatuna Dolidze, khatuna.dolidze.1@iliauni.edu.ge
Georgia, early childhood development, family, parenting support, vulnerable groups, children with disabilities
During the lockdown, the Child Development Institute at Ilia State University continued its activities by providing services at the distance. All distance interventions included parents or other family members. In order to support their work at home, specialists were designing tailored activities...
2020
Child Development Institute, Ilia State University
Georgia
Georgian
Khatuna Dolidze, khatuna.dolidze.1@iliauni.edu.ge
Georgia, early childhood development, family, parenting support, vulnerable groups, children with disabilities, play, playful parenting
During the lockdown, the Child Development Institute at Ilia State University continued its activities by providing services at the distance. All distance interventions included parents or other family members. In order to support their work at home, specialists were designing tailored activities...
2020
Child Development Institute, Ilia State University
Georgia
Georgian
Khatuna Dolidze, khatuna.dolidze.1@iliauni.edu.ge
Georgia, early childhood development, family, parenting support, vulnerable groups, children with disabilities
During the lockdown, the Child Development Institute at Ilia State University continued its activities by providing services at the distance. All distance interventions included parents or other family members. In order to support their work at home, specialists were designing tailored activities...
2020
Child Development Institute, Ilia State University
Georgia
Georgian
Khatuna Dolidze, khatuna.dolidze.1@iliauni.edu.ge
Bulgaria, early childhood services, family, parenting support, vulnerable groups
The COVID crisis and its effect has put families with children under a lot of stress. This is especially true for those families that were already experiencing difficulties or were at risk.In this new and turbulent situation, we as service providers are aware that the pressure can seem overwhelming...
2020
Tsveta Nedeva
For Our Children Foundation
Bulgarian
Dilyana Maneva
early childhood policy, early childhood services, ECEC, family, parenting support, quality integrated services, services for children
This book is one of the main outputs from the PACE (Providing Access to Childcare and Employment) project. This European project tested new models of making childcare and employment more accessible for families living in vulnerable conditions, at distance from childcare and employment, including...
2020
An Raes, An Piessens, Dietlinde Willockx
Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, Department of Early Childhood; ​​​​​​​Karel de Grote University of Applied Sciences and Arts
English, Dutch, French
An Raes, An Piessens, Dietlinde Willockx
Early Childhood Workforce Initiative, children 0-3, early childhood development, early childhood policy, family, home visiting, parenting support, professional development
The Home Visiting Workforce Needs Assessment Tool aims to help Ministries and government agencies reflect on the ways in which they can support personnel delivering home visiting programs across sectors for pregnant mothers and caregivers with children under 3. Drawing inspiration from the UNICEF...
2020
Denise Bonsu, Kavita Hatipoglu, Michelle Neuman, Vidya Putcha, Mark Roland, and Jon Korfmacher
ISSA
Global
Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, English, Arabic, French
the Netherlands, ECEC, pre-school, quality pedagogy, social inclusion, inclusive practice, child-centered practice, inclusive classroom
For over 25 years, the Step by Step Program, flagship initiative for Early Childhood Education reform of the Open Society Foundations, has implemented a democratic child-centered classroom approach where families and children are placed at the heart of the pedagogical practice. For everyone to take...
2019
ISSA
the Netherlands
English
Eva Izsak, eizsak@issa.nl
Serbia, early childhood development, family, parenting support, playful parenting
Calendar with ideas for the family was developed by the Center for Interactive Pedagogy as an immediate response to COVID-19 pandemic. The resource was developed with the ultimate aim to support parents/caregivers in organizing activities for their children during self-isolation. The Calendar...
2020
CIP – Center for Interactive Pedagogy
Serbia
English
Aleksandra Kalezic Vignjevic, aleksandra@cipcentar.org
Free
Bulgaria, playful parenting, family, play, early childhood development, parenting support
Worldwide Orphans (WWO) created a learning at home activity manual with 20 activities to do in 20 minutes, targeted for children from 6 months-8 years of age with focus on supporting parent capacity to play with and support their child’s ongoing learning. The activity manual has been rolled out in...
2020
WWO, Lois K. Heymann, and Melissa Middaugh
Worldwide Orphans Foundation
Amharic, English, Bulgarian, Creole
Melissa Middaugh, melissa@wwo.org
Ireland, ECEC, parenting support, vulnerable groups, children with disabilities, primary school, child-centered practice
Bridge Back to School was created by the Irish National Autism Charity ‘AsIAm’ and education exper/researchers at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland, with the support of the supermarket chain SuperValu. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact society in unimaginable ways, with children...
2020
Adam Harris, Anne Jones, Billy Redmond, Dr Lisha O’Sullivan, Dr Margaret Egan, Fiona Ferris, Hannah O’Dwyer, Maria Dervan, Niamh Moore, Prof Emer Ring
Mary Immaculate College
Ireland
English
Prof Emer Ring, emer.ring@mic.ul.ie
the Netherlands, children 0-3, early childhood development, family, home visiting, parenting support, play, learning, playful parenting
This Toolkit has been developed in the context of the project ‘Making the first 1000 days count!’. The aim of this Toolkit is to provide Home Visitors with the latest scientific evidence about child development, learning and well-being as well as practical advice and materials, which they can share...
2020
International Child Development Initiatives ICDI
International Child Development Initiatives ICDI
Amharic, English
Giulia Cortellesi, giulia@icdi.nl
Macedonia, family, health, parenting support, poverty, Roma, vulnerable groups
During the pandemic, the NGO “KHAM" Delcevo had an important role to play in raising awareness among the Roma community about how to be protected from COVID-19.  In order to achieve our objectives we implemented online education for pregnant women about going to the Gynecologist and taking care of...
2020
NGO “KHAM" Delcevo
Macedonia
Macedonian
Zoran Bikovski, z_bikovski@yahoo.com
Greece, refugee children
Everyday experiences are being lost behind the statistics about the COVID-19 pandemic. This is especially true for those already marginalised, such as displaced men, women, and children. At Refugee Trauma Initiative (RTI), we spent time listening to the communities we work with to hear what life...
2020
Refugee Trauma Initiative
Greece
English
Evelyn Wilcox, evelyn@refugeetrauma.org
Italy, reading to children, playful parenting, Roma, vulnerable groups
For young children a phone line has been activated: they can call the line every day from Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 12.00 to listen to fairy tales in Italian and Romanes languages that have a Roma protagonist. The stories were taken from the book “Gipsy fairy tales” by Alberto Melis, and...
2020
Francesca Petrucci, Jemina Hajrusi, Nedzad Husovic, Dzemila Salkanovic, Hyrmet Dibran
Association 21 July
Italy
Italian
Francesca Petrucci, educazione@21luglio.org
Italy, health, housing, nutrition, Roma, vulnerable groups
As soon as the lookdown was declared by the Prime Minister, Associazione 21 luglio conducted a research to monitor the condition of Roma communities living in housing emergency in Rome. Association 21 luglio carried out an investigation within the institutional Roma settlements in Rome, to...
2020
Associazione 21 luglio
Italy
English
Francesca Petrucci, educazione@21luglio.org
Ukraine, inclusive practice, inclusive classroom, quality pedagogy, pre-school, ECEC, family
The guidebook “Environment that Belongs to Children” focuses on creating an inclusive learning environment which many researchers call a “third teacher”, after parents and educators. The first things most people think of when discussing learning environments are the furniture, toys, and equipment....
2019
Natalia Sofiy, Yulia Naida, with the support of UNICEF
Ukrainian Step by Step Foundation
Ukraine
Ukrainian
Yulia Naida, naida@ussf.kiev.ua, ussf.of@gmail.com
the Netherlands, ECEC, early childhood policy, TOY for inclusion, Roma, social inclusion, inclusive practice, vulnerable groups
This guide documents the promising practices of the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Play Hubs, which support integration of Roma at local level. The practices and the accompanying recommendations are based on the evidence from the TOY for Inclusion project piloted in seven countries. The...
2018
Daniel, S., Trikic, Z., Cortellesi G., and Kernan, M.
International Child Development Initiatives ICDI
the Netherlands
English, Croatian
Giulia Cortellesi, giulia@icdi.nl
the Netherlands, services for children, learning, quality pedagogy, discrimination
Based on innovative global practice, Intergenerational Learning in Practice presents a unique contribution to the field of intergenerational learning. Drawing on the Together Old and Young (TOY) programme, this book provides a comprehensive background to intergenerational learning, along with tools...
2019
Margaret Kernan and Giulia Cortellesi (Editors)
International Child Development Initiatives ICDI
the Netherlands
English
Giulia Cortellesi, giulia@icdi.nl
the Netherlands, social-emotional learning, vulnerable groups, early childhood development, ECEC, Children on the move
Children’s long term success at school is influenced as much by social, emotional and self-regulation skills as by academic skills and knowledge. The overall goal of SEED was to improve psychosocial well-being and healthy development of young children (2,5 to 6 years old), with an emphasis on those...
2018
SEED Project Consortium
International Child Development Initiatives ICDI
the Netherlands
English
Margaret Kernan, margaret@icdi.nl
Greece, early childhood development, family, parenting support, playful parenting, refugee children
Refugee Trauma Initiative and our partners deliver Baytna - a trauma- and identity-informed model of Early Childhood Education for refugee children and their families living in Greece. Baytna was being implemented across five centres up until early March 2020, when delivery was halted due to...
2020
RTI
Greece
Sorani, Urdu, English, Arabic, Farsi, French, Greek, Kurmanji
Evelyn Wilcox, evelyn@refugeetrauma.org
the Netherlands, Belgium, professional development, social-emotional learning, ECEC
These Guidelines are the outcome of the second part of the SEED project, during which a group reflection pathway, called WANDA1, was piloted with 80 ECEC practitioners with the aim to help them to deal with daily challenges in their practice so they could better support the socio-emotional well-...
2019
Margaret Kernan, Giulia Cortellesi, Nima Sharmahd and Chris de Kimpe
ICDI, VBJK
the Netherlands, Belgium
English
Margaret Kernan, margaret@icdi.nl
the Netherlands, ECEC, early childhood services, primary school, early childhood policy, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack, inclusive practice
The power of early childhood education and care (ECEC) interventions in transforming the lives of very young children is highly dependent on the quality of the services provided. More recently, evidence has increased the focus on the value of process quality as determinant of the outcomes. This...
2018
Ionescu, M, Tankersley, D., Trikic, Z., Vonta, T.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
the Netherlands
English
Free
equity, family, Embracing Diversity, professional development, pre-school, quality pedagogy, quality education, social inclusion, inclusive practice, inclusive classroom, primary school, diversity
This toolkit represents the compilation of different programs and specific activities developed by ISSA and its members over the past 15 years. The backbone of the toolkit is ISSA’s core document Competent Educators of the 21st century: Princi­ples of Quality Pedagogy which focuses on process,...
2019
Trikic, Brajkovic, Tankersley
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English
Zorica Trikic, ztrikic@issa.nl
Subject to License
equity, family, Embracing Diversity, professional development, pre-school, quality pedagogy, quality education, social inclusion, inclusive practice, inclusive classroom, primary school, diversity
Embracing Diversity Training program for adults promotes the values of anti-discrimination, anti-bias, equity and respect for diversity in different settings: in communities, at the workplace, and in society. Embracing Diversity guides participants through a process of personal transformation,...
2017
Trikic, Vranjesevic, Tankersley, Brajkovic
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English
Zorica Trikic, ztrikic@issa.nl
Subject to License
children 0-3, home visiting, parenting support, early childhood development, professional development, early childhood policy
Informing and guiding the development of a Framework to Strengthen the Capacity of “Tipat Halav” nurses in Israel is a qualitative research study on behalf of Goshen Institute, with the overall objective to generate in-depth data that unveil effective processes and strategies which need to be in...
Dr. Konstantina Rentzou
English
Belgium, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, early childhood development
This literature review, written under the EDUCAS project, investigates the meanings, relevance, and importance of physical indoor and outdoor space in early childhood education and care (ECEC) services for children from birth to school age. Authors map, synthesize and critically analyze the...
2019
English
equity, diversity, professional development, inclusive practice, inclusive classroom, children with disabilities, vulnerable groups, early childhood development, early childhood policy
The manual “Inclusive Education” describes the conceptual principles of inclusive education, international and national legislation in a field of inclusive education, experience of inclusive education implementing in other countries, public-state governance of inclusive education. The special...
Poroshenko, M.
Ukrainian Step by Step Foundation
Ukraine
Ukrainian
Natalia Sofiy, nsofiy@gmail.com
Free
equity, diversity, family, inclusive practice, inclusive classroom, children with disabilities, vulnerable groups, early childhood development, early childhood policy
The purpose of this manual is to equip members of Inclusive Resource Centers (IRC), parents of children with special needs, schools and other institutions dealing with the issues of inclusive education, providing special support to children with special needs with necessary practical information....
Poroshenko, M., Kolupayeva A., et al.
Ukrainian Step by Step Foundation
Ukraine
Ukrainian
Natalia Sofiy, nsofiy@gmail.com
Free
the Netherlands, ECEC, early childhood services, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack, child-centered practice, holistic approach
The culmination of many years of work in defining and promoting quality pedagogy, ISSA’s Quality Resource Pack proposes a practice-research-policy blended approach to quality, enabled by various tools that can be used with practitioners, pre- and in-service trainers, supervisors, parents and policy...
2012
Various ISSA contributors
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English
Subject to License
the Netherlands, ECEC, early childhood services, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack, child-centered practice, holistic approach
Competent Educators of the 21st Century: Principles of Quality Pedagogy is a policy document that defines quality teaching practices when working with children from 3 to 10 years old, and their families, to better support the child's holistic development and well-being. After a brief description on...
2010
Tankersley, D., et al.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
Roma, Russian, Spanish, English, French
Free
the Netherlands, ECEC, early childhood services, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack, child-centered practice, holistic approach
Putting Knowledge into Practice: A Guidebook for Educators is a reference book that describes in depth each of the Principles of Quality Pedagogy and the related Indicators. The Guidebook connects theory with practice and research and provides clear examples on how to use the Quality Principles....
2011
Tankersley, D., et al.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
Russian, English
Subject to License
the Netherlands, kindergarten, early childhood services, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack, child-centered practice, holistic approach
Professional Development Tool for Improving Quality of Practices in Kindergarten illustrates each of the 85 indicators of quality in the ISSA Principles of Quality Pedagogy. It shows how early childhood educators advance and move on a continuum from inadequate practice, to a good start, to quality...
2012
Tankersley, D., et al.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
Russian, English
Subject to License
the Netherlands, primary school, early childhood services, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack, child-centered practice, holistic approach
This tool specifically illustrate (for primary school levels of education) each of the 85 indicators of quality in the ISSA Principles of Quality Pedagogy. It deconstructs how educators move on a continuum from inadequate practice, to a good start, to quality practice and then into transformational...
2012
Tankersley, D., et al.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
Russian, English
Subject to License
the Netherlands, ECEC, primary school, early childhood services, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack, child-centered practice, holistic approach
The Instrument for Assessing Quality Practices is a condensed version of the Professional Development Tool for Improving Quality of Practice. It serves to assess educators' performance with a select group of 36 key indicators derived from the two Professional Development Tools. The selected...
2012
Tankersley, D., et al.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
Russian, English
Subject to License
the Netherlands, ECEC, early childhood services, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack, child-centered practice, holistic approach
Roads to Quality - Strengthening Professionalism in Early Childhood Education and Care Systems is showcasing ISSA’s approach towards practitioners’ professional growth and nurturing their professionalism. It helps organizations to find and establish clear targets to their practitioners’...
2015
Ionescu, M., Tankersley, D., et al.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, ECEC, early childhood services, early childhood policy, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack, child-centered practice, holistic approach
Early Childhood Educators Change Lives is an easy to use advocacy leaflet aiming to promote importance of the role that educators play in young child's life and profession in general. Building on ISSA Quality principles it offers 7 ‘golden rules’  to help them keep their personal, social and...
2013
Various ISSA contributors
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
Russian, English
Free
the Netherlands, ECEC, early childhood services, family, parenting support, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack, child-centered practice, holistic approach
Give Your Child the Best Start in Life is an easy to use advocacy leaflet aiming to inform parents and caregivers how important the role is that they play in a child's life. Building on ISSA Quality Principles this tool is aiming to help parents and caregivers understand what Early Childhood...
2013
Various ISSA contributors
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
Russian, English
Free
the Netherlands, ECEC, early childhood services, early childhood policy, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack
Invest in Quality Teachers is an easy to use advocacy leaflet aiming to promote the importance of quality educators and mobilize policy and governance level to invest in educators, their education, professional development, working conditions and status of profession.  Evidence shows that high...
2013
Various ISSA contributors
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
Russian, English
Free
early childhood services, professional development, Early Childhood Workforce Initiative
This report from 2018, is the first in the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative's Landscape Analysis Series and it advances existing knowledge on the early childhood workforce by synthesizing for the first time data on the approaches to and challenges associated with training and professional...
2018
Mitter, R., Putcha, V.
Results for Development (R4D) & ISSA - International Step by Step Association
United States of America & The Netherlands
English
Free
Croatia, ECEC, primary school, early childhood services, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack
The book, Professional Learning Communities, provides both the theoretical background and the practical experience as it came about while building Professional Learning Communities in Croatian schools around ISSA’s Definition of Quality Pedagogy and the Quality Resource Pack. The book provides an...
2014
Brajkovic , S.
Open Academy Step by Step, Croatia
Croatia
English, Croatian
digital copy, not free
early childhood services, professional development, Early Childhood Workforce Initiative
This report, the second in the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative's Landscape Analysis Series, addresses the theme of competences and standards. An extensive review of published and grey literature yielded six findings related to the ways in which countries have used competences and standards to...
2018
Mitter, R., Putcha, V.
Results for Development (R4D) & ISSA - International Step by Step Association
United States of America & The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, ECEC, early childhood services, primary school, early childhood policy, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack
Study on the implementation of ISSA's Pedagogical Standards (2001-2008) was developed to evaluate the impact of the work done by ISSA members in 27 countries on quality assurance and improvement. The study examines the role of the ISSA Pedagogical Standards (2003) as they were implemented through...
2010
Howard, M., Tuna, A., et al.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
Russian, English
Free
the Netherlands, ECEC, early childhood services, primary school, early childhood policy, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack, inclusive practice
The article  ISSA's Principles of Quality Pedagogy: Quality Early Childhood Education and Care Through Democratic Processes published in the first edition of Learning for Well-being online journal, is exploring  how ISSA's Quality Principles, their accompanying resources, and the collaborative...
2016
Ionescu, M., Tankersley, D.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, children 0-3, ECEC, early childhood services, early childhood policy, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack, family, quality integrated services
ISSA’s Quality Framework for Early Childhood Practice in Services for Children under Three Years of Age is grounded in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and stands for the centrality of the child and family in conceptualizing, designing and implementing programs dedicated to this age group...
2016
Ionescu, M., Tankersley, D.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
Russian, Dutch, English
Free
the Netherlands, children 0-3, ECEC, early childhood services, early childhood policy, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack
The report Early Childhood Education and Care Services for Children from Birth to Three years Old contains results from the survey run among ISSA members to map the strengths, weaknesses, and the gaps that exist in early childhood systems in their respective countries for the birth to three age...
2013
Ionescu, M.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English
Free
children 0-3, ECEC, early childhood services, early childhood policy, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy
The first book in the series Policy and Pedagogy with Under-three year olds: Cross Disciplinary insights and innovations establishes a path for the much-needed examination of the experiences of infants and toddlers in contemporary educational settings across the globe.  Bringing together...
2016
Editors: White, E.J., Dalli, C. Co-contributors: Ionescu, M., Tankersley, D.
Springer
Switzerland
English
digital copy, not free
ECEC, early childhood services, early childhood policy, professional development, parenting support, quality education
The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Policy draws critical attention to policy in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) its relationship to service provision and its impact on the lives of children and families all around the world. ISSA's program staff contributed to this relevant publication...
2018
Editors: Miller, L., and Cameron, C. Co-contributors: Ionescu, M.
SAGE Publications Ltd.
United Kingdom
English
digital copy, not free
the Netherlands, ECEC, early childhood services, early childhood policy, quality education, quality pedagogy
Measuring and Improving Quality in Early Childhood Environments report reflects discussions and conclusions from the international consultation organized by ISSA, UNICEF, UNESCO and the Bernard van Leer Foundation, in partnership with the World Bank and the Brookings Institution met in in September...
2014
Various ISSA contributors
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English
Free
early childhood services, parenting support, Roma, vulnerable groups, inclusive practice, early childhood development, REYN
Roma Empowerment and Support for Inclusion Report - Synthesis report of the Case Studies in Ghent, Belfast and Rome summarizes the cross-national issues regarding Roma empowerment and support for inclusion with a specific focus on young children such as parenting support, access to quality early...
2016
Ionescu, M., Trikic, Z.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English
Free
parenting support, Roma, vulnerable groups, inclusive practice, early childhood development, outreach programs, family, REYN
The case study of  the Roma Community Outreach (RCO) project in Belfast, Northern Ireland  features the potential of small scale community based interventions and the need to have strong anti-discrimination, social justice and peace-building components when working on Roma inclusion. The Roma...
2016
Ionescu, M., Trikic, Z.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English
Free
Roma, vulnerable groups, early childhood development, professional development, REYN
Growing through sharing together: Needs and aspirations of Romani early childhood professionals report was developed to support  ISSA and Early Childhood Program at the Open Society Foundation to launch The Romani Early Years Network (REYN).  The selected group of practitioners provided information...
2016
Ionescu, M., Trikic, Z.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English, Italian
Free
Roma, vulnerable groups, early childhood development, professional development, REYN
The case study on the project Bridging Figures (BIEMs) - The Intra European Migration School Mediators in Ghent, Belgium,  highlights the importance of the political will as a driver for introducing and supporting universal and inclusive policies benefiting the whole society and not only a target...
2016
Ionescu, M., Trikic, Z.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, ECEC, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy, Roma, social inclusion, inclusive practice, vulnerable groups
Building Opportunities in Early Childhood from the Start - A Teacher's Guide to Good Practices in Inclusive Early Childhood Services is a guidebook developed within "The Good Start Project", funded by the European Commission and led by Roma Education Fund in partnership with ISSA and other...
2012
Trikic, Z.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English
Free
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, early childhood development, ECEC
The publication, Early Childhood Development and Education in emergencies: country profiles from the CEE/CIS region presents the existing emergency preparedness resources and plans for protecting children’s rights and meeting their needs in five countries in the CEE/CIS region (Bosnia-Herzegovina,...
2010
Zafeirakou, A., et al.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, ECEC, equity, professional development, quality education, social inclusion, inclusive practice, diversity
The booklet Diversity and Social Inclusion - Exploring Competences for Professional Practice in Early Childhood Education and Care booklet is a result of the ISSA and DECET (Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training network) Working Group on Professionalism with the support from Bernard...
2011
Van Laere, K., Trikic, Z. et al.
DECET & ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
Serbian, English, Dutch, French
Zorica Trikic, ztrikic@issa.nl
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, regional network
In the article 'Power of Associations in Early Childhood Education and Care,' published in the Official Journal of the Association for Childhood Ecucation International, ISSA Program Director, Mihaela Ionescu, unpacks the power of membership associations in the early childhood field, with a...
2015
Ionescu, M.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, pre-school, learning, equity, quality education, social inclusion, inclusive practice, diversity, reading to children
ISSA's Effective teaching and learning for minority-language children in preschool is a set of materials developed under the Socrates Programme-Comenius 2.1 project in partnership with ISSA’s members from Slovakia, Open School Foundation, and from Estonia, Hea Algus with input from international...
2006
Various ISSA contributors
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands, Slovakia, Estonia, Italy
Slovenian, Russian, English, Estonian
Free
ECEC, REYN, professional development, Roma, vulnerable groups
Growing through sharing together: Needs and aspirations of Romani early childhood professionals report was developed to support  ISSA and Early Childhood Program at the Open Society Foundation to launch The Romani Early Years Network (REYN).  The selected group of practitioners provided information...
2013
Surdu, L.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, quality pedagogy, quality education
This academic publication, Early Childhood programs as the doorway to social cohesion: Application of Vygotsky's ideas from an East West perspective,  builds links between theory and practice, and presents ideas aiming to stimulate development of new thinking for successful implementation of...
2010
Tuna, A., Hayden, J.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood policy, equity, refugee children, Roma, social inclusion, vulnerable groups, children with disabilities, diversity
Reaching and Investing in Children at the Margins is a report from event co-hosted by ISSA and the Open Society Foundations in partnership with the National Academy of Sciences’ Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally in Prague in 2016. During the event top-class speakers from across the...
2016
Various ISSA contributors
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development
Introduction to Home Visitors Modules Supporting Families for the Nurturing Care. You can access all the modules here.
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development
The trainer guide is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here. 
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development
Together, UNICEF ECARO and ISSA have developed a set of Resource Modules for Home Visitors: Supporting Families for Nurturing Care, intended to better equip home visitors with the latest knowledge and tools to support and engage with the families of young children.Drawing upon the most recent...
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
Serbian, English
Zorica Trikic, ztrikic@issa.nl
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development
Module 1: THE EARLY CHILDHOOD YEARS - a Time of Endless Opportunities is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here.   
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development
Module 2: THE NEW ROLE OF THE HOME VISITOR is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here. 
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development
Module 3: IMCI, IYCF and CARE for CHILD DEVELOPMENT is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here. 
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development
Module 4: FALLING IN LOVE - Promoting Parent-Child Attachment is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here. 
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development, fathers
Module 5: ENGAGING FATHERS is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here. 
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development
Module 6: THE ART OF PARENTING - Love, Talk, Play, Read is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here. 
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development
Module 7: PARENTAL WELLBEING is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here. 
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development
Module 8: COMMON PARENTING CONCERNS is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here. 
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development
Module 9: HOME ENVIRONMENT AND SAFETY is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here. 
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development
Module 10: CARING AND EMPOWERING - Enhancing Communication Skills for Home Visitors is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here. 
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development, equity, social inclusion, inclusive practice, diversity
Module 11: WORKING AGAINST STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION - Promoting Equity, Inclusion and Respect for Diversity is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here. 
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development, children with disabilities
Module 12: CHILDREN WHO DEVELOP DIFFERENTLY - Children with Disabilities or Developmental Difficulties is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here. 
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development
Module 13: DEVELOPMENTAL MONITORING AND SCREENING is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here. 
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development
Module 15: WORKING WITH OTHER SERVICES is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here. 
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development
Module 14: KEEPING YOUNG CHILDREN FREE FROM VIOLENCE, ABUSE AND NEGLECT is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here. 
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development
Module 16: RESPONSIVE FEEDING is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here. 
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development
Module 17: SUPERVISION - Supporting Professionals and Enhancing Service Quality is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here. 
Published in 2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support, professional development, fathers
Module 18: GENDER SOCIALISATION AND GENDER DYNAMICS IN FAMILIES - the Role of the Home Visitor is a part of the Home Visiting Resource Modules Supporting Families for Nurturing Care. You can access the whole package here. 
2016
Various contributors from UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
The Netherlands
English
Free
ECEC, early childhood policy, early childhood services, INTESYS, quality integrated services, holistic approach, vulnerable groups
An extended literature review, interviews with stakeholders from more than 20 countries in Europe and the piloting experiences from Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Slovenia have contributed to the development of the innovative toolkit Towards Integrated Early Childhood Education and Care Systems –...
2019
Ionescu, M., Trikic, Z., Pinto, L
INTESYS
English
Free
ECEC, early childhood policy, early childhood services, INTESYS, quality integrated services, holistic approach, vulnerable groups
This report was written within the INTESYS project in order to map the state of integration of ECEC provision in EU Member States, with a special focus on vulnerable groups regarding workforce policies and practices, stakeholders, governance and also key success factors, gaps (policies, practices...
2016
Gordon, J., Peeters, I., Vandekerckhove, A.
INTESYS
English
Free
Belgium, Slovenia, Italy, Portugal, quality integrated services, early childhood services, services for children, INTESYS, early childhood policy
These Policy Recommendations were written under the INTESYS Project, Erasmus+ Key Action 3 pilot project implemented in four European countries (Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Slovenia). INTESYS proposed and piloted an innovative Reference Framework and the Toolkit Towards Integrated Early Childhood...
2019
English
ECEC, early childhood development, early childhood policy, early childhood services, quality integrated services, holistic approach
The Handbook of Early Childhood Development (ECD) Experiences, Innovations, and Lessons from CEE/CIS comprises of successful cases of early childhood development investments and public/private partnership in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS region). The...
2009
Various ISSA contributors
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
English
Eva Izsak, eizsak@issa.nl
Free
ECEC, primary school, pre-school, professional development, services for children, early childhood policy
NESET II report on Professional Learning Communities. Each child its own story: Diversity in child care centres (from birth to 13 years) is a book acknowledging that every child starting at a childcare centre (day care, preschool and afterschool care) brings along its own experiences and its own...
2017
Sharmahd, N., Peeters, J., et al.
VBJK - Center for Innovation in the Early Years
Belgium, The Netherlands
English, Dutch
Free
Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, ECEC, quality education, services for children, learning
The report Quality of Early Childhood Education Services - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro resulted from a consultancy carried out by Jan Peeters from VBJK (ISSA's member from Flanders) for the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (UNICEF ECARO). The report was...
2018
Peeters, J.
VBJK - Center for Innovation in the Early Years
Belgium
English
Free
ECEC, quality education, early childhood services, quality pedagogy, quality integrated services, pre-school, early childhood policy
The High 5 Quality Scan is an evaluation tool based on the European Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care accompanying the 5 Steps to Quality Training Package. ISSA has translated this resource so it is now available in English. This document offers childcare centres, nurseries,...
2017
Anke van Keulen, Ana del Barrio Saiz, Erna Reiling, Josette Hoex, Carla Bienemann
Belgium, The Netherlands
Dutch, English
Free
ECEC, quality education, early childhood services, quality pedagogy, quality integrated services, pre-school, early childhood policy, professional development
The training package 5 Steps to Quality is promoting the implementation of the European Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care (EQF) with the aim to building and improving the quality in early childhood education and care services at country and organisation level. The training...
2017
Van Keulen, A., and Vandekerckhove, A., et al.
VBJK, Bureau Mutant
Belgium, The Netherlands
English, Dutch
Free
the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Poland, Ireland, Slovenia, TOY for inclusion, learning, professional development, intergenerational
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...
2014
Kernan, M., Cortellesi, G.
ICDI - International Child Development Initiatives
The Netherlands
English
Free
Georgia, ECEC, kindergarten, special education teacher, inclusive practice
The Role of Special Ed Teacher in Early Education is a guidebook for special education teachers working in early childhood settings. Special educators for kindergartens are new to the Georgian kindergarten staff. The main goal for the creation of the guidebook is to help these professionals realize...
2017
Tsintsadze, N., Dolidze K.
Center for Preschool and Inclusive Education, Ilia State University
Georgia
Georgian
Khatuna Dolidze, khatuna.dolidze.1@iliauni.edu.ge
Free
Turkey, early childhood development, peace building, family, early childhood policy
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...
2012
ACEV-Mother Child Education Foundation, Turkey
Turkey
English
Nur Sucuka, nur.sucuka@acev.org
Free
Georgia, ECEC, kindergarten, psychologist, inclusive practice
The Role of Psychologist in Early Education is the first guidebook created for psychologists working in early childhood settings. The psychologists in Georgian kindergartens are one of the personnel responsible for development of inclusive practice in kindergartens. 
2016
Saginadze, T.,Uchaneishvili, T., et al.
Center for Preschool and Inclusive Education, Ilia State University
Georgia
Georgian
Khatuna Dolidze, khatuna.dolidze.1@iliauni.edu.ge
Free
the Netherlands, ECEC, early childhood services, family, pre-school, social inclusion, inclusive practice, diversity, children with disabilities
Each child its own story: Diversity in child care centres (from birth to 13 years) is a book acknowledging that every child starting at a childcare centre (day care, preschool and afterschool care) brings along its own experiences and its own history. An early childhood centre is like a micro...
2013
van Keulen, A., Singer, E.
Bureau MUTANT
The Netherlands
Dutch
Free
Ukraine, teacher assistant, inclusive classroom, ECEC
The publication Teacher Assistant in the Inclusive Classroom outlines the necessary information about the position of the Teacher Assistant (introduced in 2010 in Ukraine). It includes legislative documents, description of the main functions and tasks, etc. It also includes the main content related...
2015
Dyatlenko, N., Sofiy, N., et al.
Ukrainian Step by Step Foundation
Ukraine
Ukrainian
Natalia Sofiy, nsofiy@gmail.com
Free
Georgia, kindergarten, professional development, services for children, inclusive practice
Communication, Speech, and Language Guidebook for professionals in early education is a guidebook based on contemporary, evidence based knowledge in the field of speech, language and communication. Most logopeds (speech therapists) in Georgian kindergartens are part of the kindergarten team that...
2016
Tsintsadze, N., Cecelia, E.
Center for Preschool and Inclusive Education, Ilia State University
Georgia
Georgian
khatuna.dolidze.1@iliauni.edu.ge
Free
Serbia, Belgium, children 3-5, pre-school, quality education, quality pedagogy, vulnerable groups, diversity
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...
2013
Vandekerckhove, A., Trikic, Z. et.al.
VBJK - Center for Innovation in the Early Years & CIP-Center for Interactive Pedagogy
Belgium, Serbia
English
Free
ECEC, diversity, vulnerable groups, early childhood services
A new report launched by the European Commission includes a case study exploring the work of ISSA’s network and of the Open Society Foundations (OSF): OSF/ISSA Approaches to Teacher Training and Pedagogy. The case study was written by Dawn Tankersley (ISSA Program Expert) and Sarah Klaus (Director...
2012
Tankersley, D., Klaus, S.
ISSA & OSF
The Netherlands, Germany
English
Free
Moldova, early childhood development, learning, professional development, quality pedagogy, holistic approach, child-centered practice
Early Learning and Development Standards for Children from Birth to 7 (ELDS) and Early Childhood Development Teacher Standards are coupled to reinforce a holistic approach to child learning and development through child-centered practices. The ELDS, along with traditionally addressed physical and...
2010
Bolboceanu, A., Cincilei, C., et al.
Step by Step Educational Program
Moldova
Romanian
Cornelia Cincilei, ccincilei@gmail.com
Free
early childhood services, ECEC, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack
Published by Bernard van Leer Foundation, Early Childhood Matters is a journal about early childhood, which looks at specific issues regarding the development of young children, in particular from a psychosocial perspective. In June 2015 issue, ISSA contributed the article Quality in Early...
2015
Ionescu, M., Vonta, T.
ISSA, Bernard van Leer Foundation
The Netherlands
English
Free
Belgium, early childhood development, learning, quality pedagogy
All about language is a resource offering  concrete tips and ideas to support professionals in language stimulation for young children. It is generally acknowledged that language development is an important aspect of the overall development of children and consequently, a stimulating language...
2014
Govaert, K., Hostyn, I., et al.
Artevelde University College
Belgium
Dutch
Ine Hostyn, ine.hostyn@arteveldehs.be
Contact Ine Hostyn to purchase
Belgium, ECEC, quality pedagogy, professional development
Video coaching 'imagination' professional development practice is about video coaching teaches and educators how to videotape themselves in order to be able to reflect on the quality of interactions they have with the children, the needs and strengths of the children, their initiatives,  and the...
2018
Bracke, G., Hostyn, I., et al.
Artevelde University College
Belgium
Dutch
Ine Hostyn, ine.hostyn@arteveldehs.be
Free
Belgium, ECEC, professional development
ProuD! Is a manual of how to use documentation of children’s learning including photos, audio-visual recordings, quotes, written notes, and children’s work products to reflect on children’s learning and development through discussing and reflecting upon them with colleagues. These kinds of...
2017
Hostyn I., Mäkitalo, A-R., et al.
Artevelde University College
Belgium
Dutch, English, Finnish
Ine Hostyn, ine.hostyn@arteveldehs.be
Free
Belgium, peer learning activities, ECEC, quality education, quality pedagogy, professional development
This resource summarizes the contents of the Peer Learning Activity (PLA) among ISSA members during 5 years, which focused on the WANDA methodology. WANDA is a co-reflective method aimed at improving early childhood education and care (ECEC) quality through staff group reflection on their practice...
2019
Various contributors
Artevelde University College, VBJK a.o.
Belgium
English
Nima Sharmahd, nima.sharmahd@vbjk.be
Free
Belgium, ECEC, professional development, quality pedagogy
To develop a new method of professionalization for low qualified practitioners in the 0-3 sector of the Flemish Community of Belgium, in 2010 Artevelde Hogeschool (University College in Gent) and VBJK (Center for Innovation in the Early Years), with ESF (European Social Fund) funds, started a...
2016
De Schepper, B., Peleman, B., et al.
Artevelde University College, VBJK
Belgium
Croatian, Czech, English, Hungarian, Slovenian
Sofie Vastmans, sofie.vastmans@arteveldehs.be
To purchase contact Sofie Vastmans
Romania, ECEC, learning, kindergarten
To promote child's holistic development and prepare children for the competences needed in the XXI century, Bambi Kindergarten (Bucharest, Romania) implemented a programme to stimulate child's initiative and entrepreneurial abilities and independent skills - autonomy (age- appropriate) in the...
2018
Boca C. et al.
Step by Step Center for Education and Professional Development
Romania
Romanian
Cristina Boca, cristiana.boca@stepbystep.ro
Free
Romania, health, nutrition, primary school
Health by the Book is not only a nutrition book, it is also an educational handbook for well-being and a healthy life style. Step by Step Centre for Education and Professional Development in Romania developed this guidebook together with the Lidl company. The format of the handbook is a magazine...
2017
Dr. Bălănică F. I., Dr. Mihai, E. I.
Step by Step Center for Education and Professional Development
Romania
Romanian
Roxana Avram, roxana.avram@stepbystep.ro
Free
Bulgaria, early childhood development, early childhood services, early childhood policy, social inclusion, quality integrated services
This research study from Bulgaria documents how healthcare, social, and education systems in the country organize and encourage early childhood development. The study aimed to: provide an overview of the legislative and political context in which sectors related to early childhood development are...
2018
Various authors For Our Children Foundation
For Our Children Foundation
Bulgaria
Bulgarian, English
Vania Kaneva, v.kaneva@detebg.org
Free
child protection, Bulgaria, family, parenting support, holistic approach
The Guidelines for a Secure Family Environment are a tool directed at parents, professionals working directly with children and policy makers in the area of child protection. They document the main areas of parental care, which are required to make a child safe, secure and happy in the family...
2018
Various authors For Our Children Foundation
For Our Children Foundation
Bulgaria
Bulgarian
Vania Kaneva, v.kaneva@detebg.org
Free
early childhood development, Serbia, vulnerable groups, field work, outreach programs, social inclusion
The manual for organizations and outreach workers - Establishing and Management of Outreach Work in Support to Early Childhood Development of Children from Marginalized Groups is a result of the project "Supporting the Early Childhood Development of children from marginalized groups in Novi Sad"...
2016
Lazor Obradović T., Obradović, M., et al.
Know How Centre
Serbia
Serbian
Tatjana Lazor Obradović, tatjana.lazor@gmail.com
Free
Macedonia, early childhood development, learning, primary school
The Macedonian handbook Math through play is comprised of 50 activities that aim to improve lower grade students’ numeracy skills. All activities are divided in six teaching and learning areas (Numbers; Math Operations; Measurement; Data Analysis; Word problems and Geometry) as defined in the...
2016
Djajkovska, B.
Foundation for Education and Cultural Initiatives Step by Step
Macedonia
Albanian, Macedonian
Suzana Kirandziska, info@stepbystep.org.mk
Free
Macedonia, early childhood development, learning, primary school
The Macedonian handbook Step by Step to Literacy- 50 activities for improving student literacy skills is composed of 50 activities divided in six teaching and learning areas (Listening and talking; Reading and writing; Language; Literature; Verbal expression and creative writing and Media culture)...
2017
Djajkovska B., Jovanovska Z., et al.
Foundation for Education and Cultural Initiatives Step by Step
Macedonia
Albanian, Macedonian
Suzana Kirandziska, info@stepbystep.org.mk
Free
Macedonia, early childhood development, learning, primary school, children with disabilities
Handbook with activities for work with students with disabilities for improving their literacy and numeracy skills contains 20 activities for lower grades of the primary school . Two special educators from a special primary school in Macedonia made an adaptation of ten activities from each of the...
2018
Davchevska, M., Panova Sazdova, Z.
Foundation for Education and Cultural Initiatives Step by Step
Macedonia
Albanian, Macedonian
Suzana Kirandziska, info@stepbystep.org.mk
Free
Macedonia, early childhood development, learning, kindergarten, primary school, parenting support
Manual for educators and parents for use of picture books is an adaptation of ISSA’s activity books "Opening Magic Doors – Reading and Learning together with children" done by Step by Step Foundation for Education and Cultural Initiatives Macedonia (FECIM). The ISSA's activity books are adapted for...
2015
Various authors Foundation for Education and Cultural Initiatives Step by Step
Foundation for Education and Cultural Initiatives Step by Step
Macedonia
Albanian, Macedonian
Ana Dimovska, ana@stepbystep.org.mk
Free
Kosovo, social-emotional learning, primary school, early childhood development
The Planned Activities for Cohesive Education (PACE) program was initiated by Balkan Sunflowers Kosova in their learning centers. This program outline activities to be used with children within the national curriculum to improve their core competencies necessary to succeed in school and life. PACE...
2016
Various authors Balkan Sunflowers Kosova
Balkan Sunflowers Kosova
Kosovo
Albanian, English, Serbian
Muhamet Arifi, muhamet.arifi@balkansunflowers.org
Free
Kosovo, school mediators, vulnerable groups
School Mediation Training Manual contains 20 training modules and can be used for teachers and school mediators with the aim to prevent dropouts, increase cooperation between educational stakeholders and parents involvement.
2012
Various authors Balkan Sunflowers Kosova
Balkan Sunflowers Kosova
Kosovo
Albanian, English, Serbian
Muhamet Arifi, muhamet.arifi@balkansunflowers.org
Free
Kosovo, primary school, learning
Summer Program curriculums contain different educational activities to be implemented with the children ages 6 - 12. Each curriculum has 4-5 weeks of planned activities.
2012-2017
Various authors Balkan Sunflowers Kosova
Balkan Sunflowers Kosova
Kosovo
Albanian, English, Serbian
Muhamet Arifi, muhamet.arifi@balkansunflowers.org
Free
Kosovo, early childhood services, diversity, kindergarten
The Respect for Diversity and Peace Building Manual is an adaptation of the Regional PRECEDE Manual implemented in 48 kindergartens in the five Balkan countries: Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Croatia and Macedonia. It also represents combination of the International Handbook of Professional Workers with...
2017
Various authors Balkan Sunflowers Kosova
Balkan Sunflowers Kosova
Kosovo
Albanian
Muhamet Arifi, muhamet.arifi@balkansunflowers.org
Free
the Netherlands, social inclusion, learning
The Learning for Well-being Magazine was created in 2016 by the Learning for Well-being Foundation and is published online twice a year. The articles are free to download. Each issue explores a theme of interest for all those who wish to expand their perspectives on creating and encouraging...
2016 onward
Gordon J., O'Toole L., et al.
Learning for Well-being Foundation
The Netherlands
English
Yakarah Attias-Rosen, Yakarah@learningforwellbeing.org
Free
Montenegro, early childhood development, holistic approach, learning
Compendium of games and activities for children is the guide promoting the holistic approach to child development. It is covering five areas: the child in the world of nature, smells and sounds; the child in the world of manipulative games and maths; the child in the world of colors and lines; the...
2016
Maslovarić, B., Blečič, M., et al.
Pedagogical Center of Montenegro
Montenegro
Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian
Biljana Maslovarić, biljana.maslovaric1@gmail.com
Contact Biljana Maslovaric for details
Montenegro, family, parenting support, fathers
The book presents the psychology of parenthood.
2017
Kapor Stanulović, N.
Pedagogical Center of Montenegro
Montenegro
Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian
Biljana Maslovaric, biljana.maslovaric1@gmail.com
Contact Biljana Maslovaric for details
Montenegro, early childhood development, family, parenting support, early childhood services
A Guidebook for parents and NGO representatives consist of two thematic units: psycho-motor and psycho-social development of children and youth and development of partnerships between family and educational institutions.
2016
Kapor Stanulović, N., Maslovarić, B.
Pedagogical Center of Montenegro
Montenegro
Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian
Biljana Maslovaric, biljana.maslovaric1@gmail.com
Contact Biljana Maslovaric for details
Slovenia, ECEC, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack
My Reflective Diary: ISSA Pedagogical Principles is developed around the ISSA Principles of Quality Pedagogy. It can be used to document professionals on-going changing understandings of different principles as they work together in learning communities to go deeper into the concepts presented...
2011
Tankersley, D., Tuna, A., et al.
Centre for Quality in Education Step by Step
Slovenia
Slovenian
Jerneja Jager, korakzakorakom@pei.si
Contact Jerneja Jager for details
the Netherlands, pre-school, learning, sustainable development goals
The AFLATOT program for children who have not yet entered primary school (typically 3 to 6yrs old) aims at providing the building blocks of social and financial literacy, equipping children with the skills and competencies that will ensure they contribute to sustainable development – individually...
2013
Various authors Aflatoun Child Savings International
Aflatoun Child Savings International
The Netherlands
Polish, Russian, Spanish, English, Arabic, French
Tetiana van Waveren-Valkova, tetiana@aflatoun.org
Freely Available to Aflatoun Network Only (contact Aflatoun for details)
Slovenia, ECEC, professional development, quality education, quality pedagogy, quality resource pack
Professional Development Tool - a tool for gathering examples on ISSA quality principles is a tool used for identifying and documenting examples of good practice in teachers' practice (peer observation, etc.) on specific ISSA quality principles and indicators. Teachers use these examples for...
2011
Various authors Step by Step Centre for Quality Education
Step by Step Centre for Quality Education
Slovenia
Slovenian
Jerneja Jager, korakzakorakom@pei.si
Free
the Netherlands, learning, sustainable development goals, social inclusion, non-formal education, inclusive practice, diversity, children with disabilities
The Aflatoun Manual for Non Formal Education is developed for all children who happen to be learning in a non-formal environment. The partnership with Liliane Fonds has encouraged us to pay particular attention to issues of inclusivity and diversity, especially where disabled children are involved...
2015
Various authors Aflatoun Child Savings International
Aflatoun Child Savings International
The Netherlands
Polish, Russian, Spanish, English, Arabic, French
Tetiana van Waveren-Valkova, tetiana@aflatoun.org
Freely Available to Aflatoun Network Only (contact Aflatoun for details)
the Netherlands, peace building, poverty
The ultimate goal of Life Skills and Financial Education for Peace Manual is to enhance the activity of children and young people as Peace Builders. An estimated 230 million children worldwide currently live in conflict-affected areas. Alfatoun's work starts with an acknowledgement that poverty and...
2016
Various authors Aflatoun Child Savings International
Aflatoun Child Savings International
The Netherlands
English, Arabic
Tetiana van Waveren-Valkova, tetiana@aflatoun.org
Freely Available to Aflatoun Network Only (contact Aflatoun for details)
child protection, early childhood services
The book Child Protection in the Early Years provides information on what is child abuse and the its causes. It explores how to provide safe, nurturing environments for young children. It also explains the impact of trauma on young brains and explores how practice can be developed. It also...
2018
Lumsden, E.
The University of Northampton
The Netherlands
English
Eunice Lumsden, eunice.lumsden@northampton.ac.uk
Contact University of Northampton for details
Slovenia, Roma, family, parenting support, kindergarten, early childhood policy, social inclusion
The Slovenian National Guidelines for the inclusion of Roma children and their parents into preschool programs are aimed at kindergarten and municipalities as decision makers in the field of early childhood education.      
2017
Zgonec, P.
Step by Step Centre for Quality Education
Slovenia
English
Jerneja Jager, korakzakorakom@pei.si
Free
Georgia, children 3-5, ECEC, integrated teaching, kindergarten, thematic approach
Activity book for early childhood educators contains a body of activities for early childhood educators for planning for integrated teaching using a thematic approach. The main purpose of this book is to help professionals, and give hints and ideas to creatively plan activities for children from 2...
2012
Dolidze, K., Tsintsadze, E., et al.
Ilia State University
Georgia
Georgian
Khatuna Dolidze, khatuna.dolidze.1@iliauni.edu.ge
Free
the Netherlands, services for children, early childhood development, quality education, quality pedagogy, parenting support, non-formal education, kindergarten, pre-school, ECEC
Ensuring quality in early years services is essential for young children's well-being and healthy development. The Early Childhood Development Quality Assessment Tool or ECD QUAT developed by ICDI is a free and accessible tool for practitioners, parents and communities to jointly measure and...
2012
Van Oudenhoven, R. J., Van Oudenhoven, N.
ICDI - International Child Development Initiatives
The Netherlands
Amharic, English
Margaret Kernan, margaret@icdi.nl
Contact ICDI for details
the Netherlands, early childhood development, children 3-5
The UPSI-5 is an easy to administer instrument to measure the psychosocial well-being of 5 year old children. The UPSI-5 consists of 29 questions which can be filled in by someone, for example a teacher or a social worker. The UPSI-5 provides an urgently needed counterpart to the strictly physical...
2012
van Oudenhoven, N., Miedema, E., et al.
ICDI - International Child Development Initiatives
The Netherlands
Norwegian, English, Croatian, Dutch, Latvian, Hungarian
Margaret Kernan, margaret@icdi.nl
Contact ICDI for details
the Netherlands, non-formal education, learning, services for children, intergenerational, vulnerable groups
The Nest Center is an open, close-to-home type of center, where a stable, fixed group of 30 to 60 children aged 7-16 from multi-problem families spend time before and/or after school, and in weekends and holidays. The overall objective of the Nest Center is to provide children from multi-problem...
2016
Euwema, M., Van Teeffelen, M., et al.
ICDI - International Child Development Initiatives
The Netherlands
English, Dutch
Margaret Kernan, margaret@icdi.nl
Contact ICDI for details
the Netherlands, ECEC, TOY for inclusion, non-formal education, play, professional development, social inclusion, intergenerational, diversity, inclusive practice, Roma
TOY for Inclusion Toolkit: A step-by-step guide to creating inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Play Hubs for all generations provides all the necessary conceptual and practical information to enable trainers and practitioners from different sectors to set-up and run non-segregated...
2018
Kernan, M., Cortellesi, G.
ICDI - International Child Development Initiatives
The Netherlands
English
Margaret Kernan, margaret@icdi.nl
Free
the Netherlands, ECEC, children 3-5, quality education, early childhood policy
Happy young learners: Psychosocial well-being of young children in Ethiopia report presents the findings and recommendations of a research and practice project about the psychosocial well-being of five year-old children. It took place between 2016 and 2018 in two regions in Ethiopia: Amhara and...
2018
Both, R., Cortellesi, G., et al.
ICDI - International Child Development Initiatives
The Netherlands
Amharic, English
Margaret Kernan, margaret@icdi.nl
Free
Belgium, sustainable development goals, quality education, professional development
Putting SDG 4 into practice: School leadership, a technical brief describes why professional learning communities (PLC) matter for quality education, VVOB’s approach to sustainably creating and managing these communities, and how this works in practice in our partner countries.PLCs play an...
2016
Various authors of VVOB Education for Development
VVOB Education for Development
Belgium
English
Tom Vandenbosch, Tom.Vandenbosch@vvob.be
Free
Belgium, sustainable development goals, quality education, professional development
Putting SDG 4 into practice: School leadership, a technical brief describes why professional learning communities (PLC) matter for quality education, VVOB’s approach to sustainably creating and managing these communities, and how this works in practice in our partner countries.PLCs play an...
2017
Various authors of VVOB Education for Development
VVOB Education for Development
Belgium
English
Tom Vandenbosch, Tom.Vandenbosch@vvob.be
Free
Slovakia, health, family, parenting support, Roma
Health and Child is an educational material for professionals and para-professionals working with Romani communities, for Romani parents, grandparents and children at an early age. This material is used for trainings, workshops and home visits. Content of the manual consists from health topics and...
2016
Sklenka, M., Sklenkova, D.
Skola dokoran – Wide Open School n. O.
Slovakia
Slovak, English
Miroslav Sklenka, miroslav.sklenka@gmail.com
Free
Slovakia, family, parenting support, Roma, primary school
Trust Based Parenting is an educational material for professionals and para-professionals working with Romani communities, for Romani parents, grandparents and children at an early age. The material can be used for trainings, workshops and home visits. Content of the manual consists of  various...
2016
Sklenka, M., Sklenkova, D., et al.
Skola dokoran – Wide Open School n. O.
Slovakia
Slovak, English
Miroslav Sklenka, miroslav.sklenka@gmail.com
Free
Romania, early childhood development, learning, primary school, sustainable development goals
What is permaculture and why is it vital in the quest for ecological viability on planet earth? Why it should have a prominent role in education of the youngest? This short video offers a succinct glimpse of the vision that guided the “Children in Permaculture” project and effects it had on young...
2018
Various contributors from Neohumanist Educations Association
Neohumanist Educations Association
Romania
English
Didi A. Devapriya, didi@amurtel.ro
Free
Romania, early childhood development, learning, ECEC, kindergarten, primary school, sustainable development goals, professional development, holistic approach
The Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education is a ground-breaking manual which uses a permacultural lens to inspire child-friendly approaches to embed education for a sustainable future into preschool, kindergarten and primary school programs. The resource is designed to provide...
2018
Alderslowe, L., Amus, G. et al.
Neohumanist Educations Association
Romania
Slovenian, Romanian, English, Czech, Italian
Didi A. Devapriya, didi@amurtel.ro
Free, or £20 + p&p for a hard copy in English, other languages are available
Romania, diversity, vulnerable groups, preschool, kindergarten, social inclusion, reading to children
This resource is a collection of personal stories and experiences shared by people marginalised due to their ethnicity or level of ability. The views and the voices of these people are presented in a way to evoke solidarity and emphaty. The resource promotes friendship as a way to combat and...
2016
Deshaies, D., Zambet, M. et al.
Neohumanist Educations Association
Romania
Romanian
Didi A. Devapriya, didi@amurtel.ro
Free
Romania, diversity, vulnerable groups, kindergarten, social inclusion, inclusive practice, Roma, children with disabilities, professional development, ECEC
This resources provides in depth information needed to adapt early childhood education and care programs to be inclusive. Special focus is on inclusion of ethnic minorities, in particular the Roma, inclusion of children with special needs, and avoiding gender stereotyping.
2016
Aninosanu, L., Devapriya, D.A., et al.
Neohumanist Educations Association
Romania
Romanian
Didi A. Devapriya, didi@amurtel.ro
Free
early childhood development, learning, play
Learning through play has gained momentum in early childhood education and beyond. Yet translating well-meaning policies into concrete teaching practices is a complex process. This technical brief by VVOB (1) zooms in on the proven positive effects of learning through play on a child's wellbeing...
2019
Various authors of VVOB Education for Development
VVOB Education for Development
Belgium
English
Katelin Raw, katelin.raw@vvob.be
Free
Moldova
2010
National consultants - Aglaida Bolboceanu and Cornelia Cincilei; international consultant - Mihaela Ionescu
Step by Step Moldova
Moldova
Romanian
Cornelia Cincilei, ccincilei@gmail.com
Serbia, Roma, vulnerable groups
One in a hundred Roma makes it to University, why is that? The study One in One Hundred: Drivers of Success and Resilience among College-Educated Romani Adolescents in Serbia, is a collaboration between the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University (Harvard...
2019
Bhabha, J., Matache, M., et al.
Harvard University, CIP-Center for Interactive Pedagogy
United States of America & Serbia
English
Boris Spasic, boris@cipcentar.org
Free
ECEC, professional development, gender, primary school, early childhood development
While a lot of progress has been made in both early childhood education and gender-responsive education, less has been done on the crossroads of both. V.VVOB- education for development, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) and public education partners in Rwanda, South Africa and Zambia...
2019
Various authors of VVOB Education for Development
VVOB Education for Development
Belgium
English
Katelin Raw, katelin.raw@vvob.be
Free
ECEC, Roma, vulnerable groups, outreach programs, Serbia
Full Title: Integralno dićhipe sićimašće inkluzijako: ažutipe rane barjarimasko ande funkcija e prevencijako katar o inklistipe andar o sićimasko sistemo ke rromane čhavorra, Integrisani pristup obrazovnoj inkluziji: podrška ranom razvoju u funkciji prevencije napuštanja sistema obrazovanja kod...
2018
Matic, M., Zunic, V.
Know How Center
Serbia
Roma
Tatjana Lazor Obradovic, tatjana.lazor@gmail.com
Free
the Netherlands, children’s book, children 0-3, early childhood development, family, learning, parenting support, reading to children, holistic approach
ISSA has created three Activity Kits to accompany selected groups of Reading Corner books. The Kits offer teachers, parents, and caregivers guidance on the most efficient ways to engage children in exciting and meaningful learning, using books as a starting point for inquiry and action. Each kit...
2007
Tankersley, D., Tuna, A., et al.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
Albanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Ukrainian, English, Czech, Hungarian
admin@issa.nl
Purchase online
the Netherlands, children’s book, children 3-5, early childhood development, family, learning, parenting support, reading to children, holistic approach
ISSA has created three Activity Kits to accompany selected groups of Reading Corner books. The Kits offer teachers, parents, and caregivers guidance on the most efficient ways to engage children in exciting and meaningful learning, using books as a starting point for inquiry and action. Each kit...
2007
Tankersley, D., Tuna, A., et al.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
Albanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Ukrainian, English, Creole, French, Hungarian
admin@issa.nl
Purchase online
the Netherlands, children’s book, children 5-8, early childhood development, family, learning, parenting support, reading to children, holistic approach
ISSA has created three Activity Kits to accompany selected groups of Reading Corner books. The Kits offer teachers, parents, and caregivers guidance on the most efficient ways to engage children in exciting and meaningful learning, using books as a starting point for inquiry and action. Each kit...
2007
Tankersley, D., Tuna, A., et al.
ISSA - International Step by Step Association
The Netherlands
Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Ukrainian, English, Czech, French, Hungarian
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the Netherlands, children’s book
Best friends are separated from one another when one moves to another country. They call, write letters, think about each other, remember each other's favorite food and plan one day to visit. Can their friendship survive and how?    Written by Laura Liliom (Hungary)Illustrated by Lilit...
2007
Liliom, L., Illustrations: Vagharshyan, L.
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The Netherlands
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Yurchyk, the littlest member of the family, tries to be bigger by climbing on various things. He learns that he becomes bigger by doing something "big", not by being taller.Written by Halya Kruk (Ukraine) Illustrated by Manana Morchiladze (Georgia) Price: € 10,00   Picture Book Preschool 8.25...
2007
Kruk, K., Illustrations: Morchiladze, M.
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Mary's friends have beautiful dolls, but Mary has no money to buy one. With her mother's help, Mary creates a beautiful doll out of objects she finds in her house. But what will she use for the doll's nose? Mary comes up with an ingenious solution--and when she shows the doll to her friends, they...
2007
Haxhia, M., Illustrations: Köhrer, U.
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When Ivan's parents find good jobs and the family moves from their small, crowded apartment to a new, spacious one, they realize that they've left something precious behind... Written by Nenad Vujadinovic (Macedonia) Illustrated by Emil Für (Hungary) Picture Book Preschool 8.25 x 6.5 in. – 32...
2007
Vujadinovic, N., Illustrations: Für, E.
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Arielle is given a little coconut plant as a present. She plants the tree, watches it grow, bloom flowers and finally produces coconuts. A hurricane does major damage to many of the neighborhood plants including uprooting the coconut tree. The cycle of life goes on when two small coconuts are found...
2010
Rochelin, G., Illustrations: Bertoni, O.
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The Netherlands
English, Creole, French
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The story of two very different dogs that were friends-they played together, ate together and even slept together - until one day they had a disagreement and stopped being friends. Friendship wins out and they become friends again.   Written by Olesya Tavadze (Georgia) Illustrated by Evgueni Ivanov...
2007
Tavadze, O., Illustrations: Ivanov, E.
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Andy's family is moving to a new house. Each member of his family packs their favorite thing to bring along. Andy's favorite thing is the cherry tree in the backyard. But how can he bring that along? With his mothers' help, Andy finds out just how to do it.   Written by Miranda Haxhia (Albania) ...
2007
Haxhia, M., Illustrations: Deisadze, D.
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Grandpa has 27 grandchildren, all who loved him, and shared the mangos he brought home every day. But grandpa was getting sick, losing his memory and the ability to even cut the mangos. Grandpa died, he will never be forgotten.   Written by Caroline Hudicourt  Picture Book Preschool 8.25 x 8....
2007
Hudicourt, C.
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Jonah is afraid of the dark. His brother tells Jonah that if he stops crying, he will give him his toy soldiers. Inspired by this offer, Jonah finds courage to explore the dark in his bedroom. He comforts a crying sister, faces the monsters in the cupboard and on the chair - and collects his prize...
2007
Baghdasaryan, R., Illustrations: Morchiladze, M.
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Rita finds a young parrot in the garden and brings it home. The parrot learned to repeat everything Rita said, driving her parents crazy. Fearing her parents will force her to let the parrot go, Rita decides to run away with the parrot. The misadventure and Rita are saved from disaster by the...
2010
Jeune, M.C., Illustrations: Saincilus, L.
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Alex wants to buy his mother a birthday present, but all he has is a frying pan! He bangs on it with a street orchestra to earn money, but the musicians chase him away. When Alex fills his frying pan with soapy water to earn money washing cars, that doesn't work either. Finally, with great...
2007
Voskoboinikov, V., Illustrations: Linnamägi, A.
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Everyone in Dorothy's family wears glasses except her. Does that mean she doesn't belong? She decides to solve this problem, with mixed results, and realizes that being different doesn't make her any less a part of her family.   Written by Ivona Brezinova (Czech Republic) Illustrated by Mentor...
2007
Brezinova, I., Illustrations: Llapashtica, M.
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A young narrator wonders what his parents do at work all day, and why they come home too tired to play or read stories. When they tell him, he decides that he will work, too, reminding his parents of the importance of fun.   Written by Aude Brunel (Czech Republic) Illustrated by Marjan Mancek (...
2007
Brunel, A., Illustrations: Mancek, M.
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Moush is having a bad day. So while hiding in the closet he decides to run away from home. During his preparation he remembers all the good things in his world and how important a place he has in it.   Written by Rouzanna Baghdasaryan (Armenia) Illustrated by Yulia Lushnikova (Russia) Price: €...
2007
Baghdasaryan, R., Illustrations: Lushnikova, Y.
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Romania, early childhood development, children’s book, diversity
Ponies from the Land of the Rainbow: A collection of pro-diversity stories | Căluții din ținutul curcubeului: O colecție de Povești pro-Diversitate. This resource is a collection of children's stories designed to awaken empathy and appreciation for diversity through the use of colorful metaphors.
2016
Perrow, S., Devapriya, D.A. et al.
Neohumanist Educations Association
Romania
Romanian
Didi A. Devapriya, didi@amurtel.ro
Free
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A young girl plays with and falls in love with her best friend Zulaa's doll. Wanting the doll all the time, she takes the doll home. Once she learns how badly Zulaa misses her doll, she returns the doll learning the importance of friendship.   Written by Kh. Batkhuu (Mongolia)Illustrated by...
2007
Batkhuu, Kh., Illustrations: Myagmardorj, E.
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Matthew lives in an orphanage. He wanted a dog. He received other gifts and things through the years - stuffed animals, toys, snails, even lice - but never a dog. One day Matthew was finally getting new parents, and what did the parents have for him - a dog.   Written by Ivona Brezinova (Czech...
2007
Brezinova, I., Illustrations: Deisadze, Z.
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Slovenia, children’s book, Roma, family
With Friends to the Seaside is a picture book created by children under the mentorship of preschool teachers at a meeting attended by Roma children and their parents. It is written in Slovenian and Romani with the possibility for including additional translation of the text.       
2017
Strojan, P., Strojan, D., et al.
Step by Step Centre for Quality Education
Slovenia
Slovenian, Roma
Jerneja Jager, korakzakorakom@pei.si
Free
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Jimmy learns that sharing oranges with his family and friends can have a surprising reward. Written by Daiga Zake (Latvia) Illustrated by Elena Stojanova (Macedonia)  Picture Book Preschool 8.25 x 6 Copyright 2007  Catalog:  Books for children SKU: 1234561 Please click on the links below to...
2007
Zake, D., Illustrations: Stojanova, E.
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special education teacher, inclusive practice, psychologist, teacher assistant, inclusive classroom, vulnerable groups, children with disabilities, early childhood services, family, pre-school, professional development, quality pedagogy, social inclusion
This guide supports a wide range of professionals working alongside parents and caregivers in both special and mainstream systems to manage and implement the ongoing transitions that affect how special and mainstream institutions provide services and coordinate actions. This includes those who may...
2021
Lani Florian and Dragana Sretenov
Early Childhood Program of the Open Society Foundations
English