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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
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...

Published in:
2020
Organization(s):
Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, Department of Early Childhood; Karel de Grote University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Country:
Belgium
Language:
English
Contact:
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...

Published in:
2020
Organization(s):
Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, Department of Early Childhood; Karel de Grote University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Country:
Belgium
Language:
English
Contact:
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...

Published in:
2021
Organization(s):
Early Childhood Research Centre, DublinCity University
Country:
Ireland
Language:
English
Contact:
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:

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

Published in:
2021
Organization(s):
R4D, ISSA
Language:
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...

Published in:
2020
Organization(s):
VBJK - Centre for Innovation in the Early Years, ERI - Educational Research Institute
Country:
Slovenia
Language:
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...

Published in:
2020
Organization(s):
VBJK - Centre for Innovation in the Early Years, ERI - Educational Research Institute
Country:
Portugal
Language:
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?"

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Published in:
2020
Organization(s):
VBJK - Centre for Innovation in the Early Years, ERI - Educational Research Institute
Country:
Denmark
Language:
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. 

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Published in:
2020
Organization(s):
VBJK - Centre for Innovation in the Early Years, ERI - Educational Research Institute
Country:
Belgium
Language:
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,...

Published in:
2020
Organization(s):
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
Country:
Belgium
Language:
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...

Published in:
2020
Organization(s):
VBJK - Centre for Innovation in the Early Years, ERI - Educational Research Institute
Country:
Denmark
Language:
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 ...

Published in:
2020
Language:
English
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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.

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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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