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This book brings together some of the KINDER project’s key contributions to the construction of a transformative and gender-sensitive education. It offers a set of common learning experiences developed by the...

Published in:
2023
Country:
Croatia, Portugal, Spain
Language:
English
Contact:
Ayça Alaylı, aalayli@issa.nl
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support

“Immunization is one of the most cost-effective ways to save lives and promote good health and well-being. Every year, vaccines save 2-3 million lives, and millions more are protected from disease and disability. It routinely reaches more households than any other health service and brings...

Published in:
2022
Organization(s):
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
Country:
The Netherlands
Language:
English
Contact:
Zorica Trikic, ztrikic@issa.nl
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support

The Module “The care of small and/or sick newborns” is intended to support home visitors in providing advice and support to parents and families of small and/or sick newborns before and after the discharge from health facilities.

Part 1 provides information about...

Published in:
2022
Organization(s):
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
Country:
The Netherlands
Language:
English
Contact:
Zorica Trikic, ztrikic@issa.nl
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support

The foundations of a healthy life style – healthy weight, an adequate amount of physical activity, and sufficient sleep – have their roots in the early years.

Levels of physical activity and quality of sleep significantly affect child health, development and wellbeing. Good quality...

Published in:
2022
Organization(s):
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
Country:
The Netherlands
Language:
English
Contact:
Zorica Trikic, ztrikic@issa.nl
the Netherlands, early childhood development, family, health, home visiting, parenting support

This module presents key information on what you can do as a service provider to help parents understand the importance of quality early childhood education and care (ECEC).

The information and guidance presented in this module is most applicable to parents and teachers of ECEC-aged...

Published in:
2022
Organization(s):
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
Country:
The Netherlands
Language:
English
Contact:
Zorica Trikic, ztrikic@issa.nl
cross-sectoral coordination for ECD

This case study is based on the Early Childhood Development Complexes of For Our Children Foundation (FoC), Bulgaria, that provided several different socially integrated services...

Published in:
2023
Organization(s):
For Our Children Foundation
Country:
Bulgaria
Language:
English
Contact:
Ayça Alaylı, aalayli@issa.nl
children 0-3, advocacy, maternal health, child health

This paper focuses on maternal andperinatal healthcare – the period from pregnancy to the first year after birth.

A mother’s own physical and mental health and wellbeing can affect a child’s physical and cognitive development. Adversity during pregnancy and the first years of life can...

Published in:
2022
Language:
English
Contact:
Dr. Mihaela Ionescu, mionescu@issa.nl; Francesca Colombo, fcolombo@issa.nl
children 0-3, children 0-6, advocacy, ECEC, workforce

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) services for children under six years of age play a fundamental role in laying strong foundations for lifelong learning and wellbeing, especially in the first three years of life. Quality ECEC services can make an extraordinary difference in children’s...

Published in:
2022
Language:
English
Contact:
Dr. Mihaela Ionescu, mionescu@issa.nl; Francesca Colombo, fcolombo@issa.nl
children 0-6, advocacy, ECEC, health, child health, child protection, child poverty, cross-sectoral coordination for ECD, parenting support

The Child Guarantee is an opportunity to increase public investment in early childhood development services and support, with both domestic resources and EU funding. It is an opportunity to develop comprehensive, integrated, cross-department policies and strategies that support families and...

Published in:
2022
Language:
English
Contact:
Dr. Mihaela Ionescu, mionescu@issa.nl; Francesca Colombo, fcolombo@issa.nl
advocacy, children 0-6, ECEC, child health, child protection, child poverty, cross-sectoral coordination for ECD, parenting support

First Years First Priority Campaign Country Profiles share data collected by national campaign coordinators in Bulgaria, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, and Spain. Each Profile provides a snapshot of the current state of ECD within the country and includes sections...

Published in:
2021
Country:
Bulgaria, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain
Language:
English
Contact:
Dr. Mihaela Ionescu (mionescu@issa.nl), Francesca Colombo (fcolombo@issa.nl)
gender, parenting support, fathers, early childhood services

 

The Gender Transformative Parenting Training Resource Package for frontline workers from different sectors was created in partnership with UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECARO).

The package provides evidence-based information, recommendations, and training...

Published in:
2023
Organization(s):
UNICEF, ISSA
Country:
Global
Language:
English
Contact:
Zorica Trikic, ztrikic@issa.nl; Ayca Alayli, aalayli@issa.nl
advocacy, inclusion, training, children, education

InTrans project aims to support professionals through action at the policy, advocacy and training levels to ensure that all children and families experience warm and inclusive transitional practice in ECEC and school. 

This project initiated the debate on curricula alignment of different...

Published in:
2023
Language:
English
Contact:
Katrien van Laere, katrien.van.laere@vbjk.be
early child development

Play for Inclusion - A handbook and activity cards for non-formal services supporting young refugee children and families

The ‘Play for Inclusion’ Handbook and Activity Cards is a resource for...
Published in:
2022
Organization(s):
ICDI
Country:
Not country specific
Language:
Croatian, English, Slovak, Ukrainian
Contact:
Giulia Cortellesi, giulia@icdi.nl
early child development

This toolkit on inclusive community-based ECEC is divided into a Handbook & Activity Cards.

The toolkit is designed for practitioners in non-formal educational settings who work with children 0-8 years old and are interested in...
Published in:
2023
Organization(s):
ICDI
Country:
Not country specific
Language:
English, Slovak, Ukrainian
Contact:
Giulia Cortellesi, giulia@icdi.nl
early childhood development

Therapeutic Stories: "The Princess Doll", "Robbie the Space Explorer", "The song of the Nightingales"

This collection of therapeutic stories was developed to help Ukrainian children that have been displaced by the war deal with the disruptions they...
Published in:
2022
Organization(s):
Neohumanist Education Association
Country:
Romania
Language:
Russian, Ukrainian, English
Contact:
Didi A. Devapriya, didi@amurtel.ro
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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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Practices
 
 
Georgia, ECEC

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
Belgium, children 0-3, ECEC, family, holistic approach

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
Slovenia, family, 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
the Netherlands, 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
Bulgaria, family, cross-sectoral coordination for ECD, 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
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
Macedonia, family, child health, 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
Italy, family, child health, parenting support, 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
Ukraine, the Netherlands, children with disabilities

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
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
Greece, early childhood services, family, parenting support, refugee children

Baytna Hubs is an initiative between Amna 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...

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
child health, family, non-formal education, parenting support, ECEC, Bulgaria, early childhood services, 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
family, 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
Armenia, ECEC, child health, 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
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