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Geographical Focus
National level
Type of organisation
Private Company
Main Activity Type
Service ProvisionCapacity BuildingConsultancyAdvocacyResearch and knowledgePublishing
Quality PedagogyHealth ProgramsChild RightsAccess to Services
Targeted Age Groups
Birth to threeThree to SixSix to TenTen+
Members target groups
ChildrenVulnerable marginilized childrenParents/care-takersEducatorsHealth professionalsSocial workersPolicy makersLocal authoritiesIn-service training providers


Sardes is an independent agency providing consultancy and R&D services in the fields of education and care. Sardes is not subsidised by the government; we conduct projects on the basis of contracts with ministries, local authorities, schools, welfare agencies etcetera. We aim to strengthen the links between research results, policy and practice of education. We bundled our expertise in ECEC in the platform Versterk het Jonge Kind.


Date: 02-04-2019

Peer Learning Activity - Don't miss ‘Green Playing and Learning’

Green Playing and Learning - How to nourish children’s connection to nature and ecological outlook from an early age.

Date: 28-03-2019

INTERVIEW - Jeroen Aarssen: ‘There’s a lot of strength in ISSA’

We spoke with Jeroen Aarssen. He is the ISSA Board Secretary, and Early Childhood Education and Care advisor at Sardes in the Netherlands. We talked about a universal services and ISSA's path forward.

Date: 18-04-2018

Sardes launches new publication on caring fathers

In interaction with external parties about the caring and upbringing of young children, Dutch fathers often feel neglected. And it turns out that, in fact, they are.

Date: 28-11-2017

"The Little Captain and the Great Calm Sea"

On November 20-21, ISSA members Sardes (the Netherlands) and the Neohumanist Education European Network (Romania) organised a Peer Learning Activity in Utrecht about the role of yoga and meditation

Date: 10-08-2017

National Quality Monitor Child Care in the Netherlands

From 2017 on, Utrecht University and ISSA member Sardes will yearly assess the quality of child care services in the Netherlands.
Date: 12-06-2014

ISSA welcomes five new members

  • Three more members from The Netherlands and two from Bulgaria have just joined the network, contributing to expanding ISSA’s presence across Europe.
Date: 20-03-2017

ISSA elects new board members

ISSA is proud to welcome five new board members in 2017. In March, Leslie Falconer from the USA, Henriette Heimgaertner from Germany, Elena Misik from the Republic of Macedonia, Jan van Ravens from the Netherlands and Jeroen Aarssen from the Netherlands were elected to the governing Board of Directors.