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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...

Published in:
2021
Organization(s):
VBJK, Center for Innovative Education, University of Parma, ISSA
Country:
Belgium, Italy, Lithuania
Language:
Dutch, English, Italian
Contact:
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...

Published in:
2021
Organization(s):
EDUCAS team
Country:
Belgium, Lithuania and Italy
Language:
English
Contact:
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...

Published in:
2021
Organization(s):
Center for Innovative Education
Country:
Lithuania
Language:
English
Contact:
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...

Published in:
2021
Organization(s):
University of Parma
Country:
Italy
Language:
English
Contact:
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...

Published in:
2021
Organization(s):
VBJK
Country:
Belgium
Language:
English
Contact:
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)...

Published in:
2021
Organization(s):
ISSA
Country:
the Netherlands
Language:
English
Contact:
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...

Published in:
2021
Organization(s):
VBJK
Country:
Belgium
Language:
English
Contact:
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...

Published in:
2020
Organization(s):
TNO Child Health
Country:
The Netherlands
Language:
Dutch
Contact:
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,...

Published in:
2021
Language:
English
Contact:
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...

Published in:
2021
Language:
English
Contact:
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...

Published in:
2020
Organization(s):
VBJK, University of Ghent (Centre for Diversity and Learning and Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy), University of Bologna, Tampere University, ERI, BUPL
Country:
Belgium
Language:
English
Contact:
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...

Published in:
2019
Organization(s):
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
Country:
Slovenia
Language:
English
Contact:
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...

Organization(s):
Partners Hungary Foundation
Country:
Hungary
Language:
English
Contact:
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...

Organization(s):
Ensemble for Early Childhood Education
Country:
France
Language:
English, French
Contact:
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:

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Published in:
2020
Organization(s):
Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, Department of Early Childhood; Karel de Grote University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Language:
Dutch, English
Contact:
An Raes, an.raes@arteveldehs.be
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Welcome to ISSA Knowledge Hub!

All the resources stored here have been created by ISSA Members or ISSA Secretariat in partnership with Members or partners.

Resources
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Armenia, ECEC, health, play, pre-school, professional development, reading to children, thematic approach

The materials aim to develop preventive skills of hygiene, behaviors of healthy lifestyle and awareness raising regarding COVID-19 for early childhood educators. The goal is to establish healthy lifestyle routines through age-appropriate thematic studies that can be incorporated in play time and...

Published in:
2020
Organization(s):
Step by step Benevolent Foundation, Armenia; UNICEF
Country:
Armenia
Language:
Armenian
Contact:
Marine Mkrtchyan, Ashkhen Gyurjyan
learning, family, professional development, primary school, parenting support, Malta

This presentation shows how one early childhood educator managed to cope with the new method of teaching – online learning with Year 2 students. She explains how to make online learning a meaningful journey for her young students and their parents. It served as an example of good practice to...

Published in:
2020
Organization(s):
Early Childhood Development Association (ECDAM)
Country:
Malta
Language:
English
Contact:
Chantelle Xuereb
outreach programs, health, family, non-formal education, parenting support, ECEC, Bulgaria, early childhood services, early childhood development, vulnerable groups

The Trust for Social Achievement Foundation – Bulgaria has been engaged since the onset of the pandemic in Bulgaria in searching for appropriate mechanisms to support the learning process for disadvantaged children, particularly those who face challenges to participate in the online distance...

Organization(s):
Trust for Social Achievement, Worldwide Orphans – Bulgaria (providing the emergency kits) Network of implementing NGOs at local level – “Znanie”-Lovech, Club of NGOs-Turgovishte, Health and Social Development Foundation – Sofia, New Road Assn.- Hayredin
Country:
Bulgaria
Language:
Bulgarian
Contact:
Linka Toneva, ltoneva@tsa-bulgaria.org
Greece, early childhood development, early childhood services, family, parenting support, pre-school, refugee children

Baytna Hubs is an initiative between Refugee Trauma Initiative (RTI) and Help Refugees, supported by Open Society Foundation, to scale up a specialist Early Childhood Development (ECD), called Baytna, which has been developed within the context of the Greek refugee crisis.

The Baytna...

Published in:
2020
Organization(s):
RTI, Perichoresis, Elix, Athens Comic Library, Irida Women’s Centre, Open Cultural Centre
Country:
Greece
Language:
English
Contact:
Evelyn Wilcox
family, Roma, parenting support, primary school, Serbia

Responding to the COVID-19 crisis in Serbia, the Group for Children and Youth INDIGO, developed a noteworthy practice aiming at providing on-line learning support to Roma children enrolled in grades I to IV at the “Sreten Mladenovic Mika” Primary School. The learning support is provided three...

Organization(s):
Group for children and youth INDIGO, “Sreten Mladenovic Mika” Primary School, Nis, Serbia
Country:
Serbia
Language:
Serbian
Contact:
Tamara Simonovic, indigo@indigo.org.rs
Ukraine, the Netherlands, children with disabilities, early childhood development

The intervention “Building of an Early Childhood Intervention system in Ukraine” is based on the strategy that was developed for building four good ECI practices in four pilot regions and combines lobbying and advocacy at the regional and national level. The experience gained during the four...

Organization(s):
Stichting SOFT tulip, National Association of People with Disabilities of Ukraine, Charitable Foundation Early Intervention Center of Kharkiv, Dzherelo Day Care and Rehabilitation Center of Lviv, Path of Life Center for Complex Rehabilitation of Uzhgorod
Country:
the Netherlands
Language:
Ukrainian
Contact:
Eric Bloemkolk, eric.bloemkolk@softtulip.nl
Italy, family, health, housing, learning, parenting support, reading to children, Roma

During the COVID-19 pandemic, food deprivation of households with young children has emerged as a priority among priorities.

Associazione 21 luglio applied the following method:

1) selecting five formal monoethnic settlements of special emergency housing;
2) carrying...

Organization(s):
Associazione 21 luglio; many individuals, organizations and institutions collaborated to implement all the activities in this systemic approach
Country:
Italy
Language:
Italian, Roma
Contact:
Francesca Petrucci, educazione@21luglio.org
Macedonia, family, health, outreach programs, parenting support, Roma

We used the method of “Social accountability and Legal Empowerment", with the to empower the Roma community, to learn their rights in the Social and Health domains. In Macedonia, Governmental prevention programs for reproductive and child health are offered. In those programs, it is also...

Organization(s):
NGO "KHAM" Delcevo, main donor is Open Society Foundation, partners are local governments and health centres from three municipalities
Country:
Macedonia
Language:
Macedonian
Contact:
Zoran Bikovski, z_bikovski@yahoo.com
learning, professional development, Malta

An Early Childhood Educator shows how one can video tape themselves and then create a YouTube video which students can watch at home at their convenience. The practice has helped other educators who were unable to use platforms like Zoom and still wanted to create a video of themselves teaching...

Organization(s):
Early Childhood Development Association Malta (ECDAM)
Country:
Malta
Language:
English
Contact:
Juanita Sultana
Bulgaria, early childhood development, family, food, parenting support, Roma, services for children, vulnerable groups

Our social services are providing food material support to children and their families who have been affected by the global pandemic and its mitigation measures. Such an event, like the pandemic, may disrupt parenting practices and family routines and thus affect child health and development. By...

Organization(s):
For Our Children Foundation, Bulgarian Food Bank
Country:
Bulgaria
Language:
Bulgarian
Contact:
Desislava Ilieva
the Netherlands, early childhood development, early childhood services, ECEC, family, non-formal education, parenting support, services for children, vulnerable groups

The COVID-19 pandemic and its mitigation measures have created an extra burden for grass-roots organizations and the communities they serve. Although ensuring sustainability of their programmatic work and finding innovative ways to meet the diverse needs of the families and children, especially...

Published in:
2020
Organization(s):
ISSA
Country:
the Netherlands
Language:
English
Contact:
Eva Izsak, eizsak@issa.nl
Slovenia, early childhood development, family, learning, parenting support, playful parenting

With the project “ZAMISLICE” (CHILDEAS – Tiny Little Thoughts), ISSA member from Slovenia, Mala Ulica  wished to acquaint all new parents with the importance of early interactions. They provided parents with a pendant that can also serve as a pram mobile – a small, but important gadget that...

Published in:
2017
Organization(s):
Association Mala ulica - Center for children and families in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Country:
Slovenia
Language:
Slovenian
Contact:
Eva Strmljan Kreslin, evaskreslin@malaulica.si
Belgium, children 0-3, early childhood development, ECEC, family, holistic approach, professional development

A number of childcare facilities (children under 3 years of age) of the City of Ghent incorporated sustainability and ‘green principles’ in their pedagogical vision and daily practice, engaging children, parents, community and the care team. Each of our childcare centers works...

Published in:
2017
Organization(s):
Child Care Unit, City of Ghent, Belgium
Country:
Belgium
Language:
Dutch
Contact:
Evelyne Pauwels, diko.pb@stad.gent
Georgia, ECEC, professional development

University based in-service training in early childhood education (ECE) is an in-service programme for early childhood educators accredited by Ilia State University. In this program educators of children three to six year are trained in evidence based contemporary ECE practice. Courses include...

Organization(s):
Center for Preschool and Inclusive Education, Ilia State University, Georgia
Country:
Georgia
Language:
English
Contact:
Khatuna Dolidze, khatuna.dolidze.1@iliauni.edu.ge
Georgia, inclusive classroom, inclusive practice, kindergarten, professional development

Supporting  Development of Early Inclusive Education in Tbilisi Kindergartens is a project aiming to support development of early childhood inclusive education: 1) by empowering mainstream kindergarten teachers and specialists working in kindergartens through modelling, practicing and sharing...

Organization(s):
Center for Preschool and Inclusive Education, Ilia State University, Georgia
Country:
Georgia
Language:
English
Contact:
Khatuna Dolidze, khatuna.dolidze.1@iliauni.edu.ge
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