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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

How to Business Model Canvas (BMC) provides guidance on how to deal with both external and internal organisational needs and the ways to best respond to them as an organisation. BMC is designed to increase accessibility and flexiblity to provide childcare inclusively for all by...

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
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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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Ukraine, children with disabilities, family, inclusive classroom, inclusive practice, pre-school, professional development, services for children

Inclusive Resource Centers (IRC) in five sites in four regions were developed under the programme supported  by USAID. Their main purpose is to provide complex inter-sectorial support to children with special needs, their parents and teachers working with these children in pre-school and primary...

Organization(s):
Ukrainian Step by Step Foundation
Country:
Ukraine
Language:
English
Contact:
Natalia Sofiy, nsofiy@gmail.com
Kazakhstan, ECEC, family, pre-school, primary school, quality education, quality pedagogy

The Growing Together project consisted of three parts: improving preschool education practices by using the ISSA Principles of Quality Pedagogy and parent and community involvement; building community and  partnerships at the primary school level, and parental education. The project's results...

Organization(s):
Community Foundation Step by Step
Country:
Kazakhstan
Language:
English
Contact:
Dina Aidzhanova, daidzhan@mail.ru
Kazakhstan, professional development, quality pedagogy

Inclusion of a course on the ISSA Principles of Quality Pedagogy for fourth year students at the Kazakh Women's University in Almaty, and three methodological training centres in Kysyforda, Zhambul, and Semey regions with co-financing. 


Organization(s):
Community Foundation Step by Step
Country:
Kazakhstan
Language:
English
Contact:
Dina Aidzhanova, daidzhan@mail.ru
Kazakhstan, early childhood development, family, parenting support

Family Resource Centres were established in Kyzyforda, Zhambul and Semey in Kazakhstan to assist families whose children were not attending preschool (typically poor families). The centers welcomed children and families to prepare them for primary school. The parents received information on...

Organization(s):
Community Foundation Step by Step
Country:
Kazakhstan
Language:
English
Contact:
Dina Aidzhanova, daidzhan@mail.ru
the Netherlands, Ukraine, children with disabilities, early childhood development

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services started to develop in Ukraine as an initiative of NGO organizations in 2000. During the last years, ECI has been actively developing in several Ukrainian regions. A Consortium of Ukrainian and international organizations started in 2008 lobbying for...

Organization(s):
SOFT Tulip Foundation
Country:
the Netherlands
Language:
English
Contact:
Eric Bloemkolk, eric.bloemkolk@softtulip.nl
Serbia, early childhood development, quality integrated services

Novi Sad Intersectorial Network for Children (NSMEDE) is a local inter-sectorial network aiming to provide a strategic and systematic framework for improving the position of children in Novi Sad. Through the establishment of a flexible model of inter-sectorial cooperation among actors at the...

Organization(s):
Know How Centre
Country:
Serbia
Language:
English
Contact:
Tatjana Lazor Obradović, tatjana.lazor@gmail.com
Serbia, early childhood development, family, outreach programs, parenting support, pre-school, professional development, Roma, social inclusion

The practice Supporting the early development of children in informal Roma settlements aims to improve the social inclusion of children aged birth to six and their families. The Know How Centre organizes activities aimed at enriching Roma parents' skills living in settlements to provide quality...

Organization(s):
Know How Centre
Country:
Serbia
Language:
English
Contact:
Milenka Matic, cpzvns@gmail.com
Czech republic, kindergarten, primary school, professional development

The Learning Together project has created a network of 15 Centres for Peer Support, which provide a platform for mutual learning across institutions. This platform provides peer support across eight kindergartens and eight primary schools to help improve the competences of teachers, create...

Organization(s):
Step by Step
Country:
Czech Republic
Language:
English
Contact:
Jana Schierlová, jana.schierlova@sbscr.cz
Albania, Kosovo, family, parenting support, pre-school, school mediators, services for children, vulnerable groups

The Learning Centers Network initiated by Balkan Sunflowers connects 40 Learning Centers managed by different NGOs in Albania. These centers include preschool services, curriculum support, literacy and science programs, and an education mediator targeting the most vulnerable children and their...

Organization(s):
Balkan Sunflowers
Country:
Kosovo
Language:
English
Contact:
Muhamet Arifi, muhamet_arifi@balkansunflowers.org
the Netherlands, early childhood development, ECEC, social-emotional learning, sustainable development goals

Aflatot: Early childhood education for sustainable development. This study took place in the following countries: Albania, Serbia, Slovakia, Kenya, Zambia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras, India and the Philippines to document the effects of the Aflatot programs on social emotional outcomes for young...

Organization(s):
Aflatoun International
Country:
the Netherlands
Language:
English
Contact:
Tetiana van Waveren-Valkova, tetiana@aflatoun.org
the Netherlands, early childhood development, TOY for inclusion, intergenerational, learning, services for children

The purpose of the Together Old and Young (TOY) Programme is to promote intergenerational learning and to create new possibilities for older adults and young children to learn together and benefit from each others’ company. People are living longer but older adults and young children are having...

Organization(s):
International Child Development Initiatives ICDI
Country:
the Netherlands
Language:
English
Contact:
Margaret Kernan, margaret@icdi.nl
Slovakia, early childhood policy, early childhood services, Roma

A functioning model for multi-stakeholders collaboration at municipality level to work with Romani communities is developed to improve the responsiveness and accountability of local authorities, particularly elected and senior civil servants towards marginalized Roma communities and to build the...

Organization(s):
Wide Open School
Country:
Slovakia
Language:
English
Contact:
Miroslav Sklenka, miroslav.sklenka@gmail.com
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