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International Child Development Initiatives

International Child Development Initiatives
Leiden
Netherlands
+31 (0)715127420
Geographical Focus
International level
Type of organisation
NGOInternational organisation
Main Activity Type
Service ProvisionCapacity BuildingConsultancyPolicy developmentAdvocacyResearch and knowledgeMonitoring and EvaluationPublishing
Focus
Quality PedagogyHealth ProgramsChild RightsAccess to ServicesParenting SupportSocial inclusion for Romani and migrant childrenSocial inclusion special needs
Targeted Age Groups
Birth to threeThree to SixSix to TenTen+
Members target groups
ChildrenVulnerable marginilized childrenParents/care-takersEducatorsSocial workersParaprofessionalsPolicy makersHigher education staffStudentsIn-service training providers

Mission

International Child Development Initiatives (ICDI) is a knowledge organization in psychosocial development of children and young people growing up in difficult circumstances. ICDI believes in the power of children and young people, supporting their rights and addressing the underlying causes for the problems they face.
We aim to improve policies and practices by building the skills of: children, mothers, fathers, families, communities, local organizations, and authorities. ICDI also works with and for bigger international child rights organizations, supporting knowledge transfer through training, research, advice and partnership.
From Nepal to Nicaragua, and from Kiev to Katwijk, our dream is ‘a happy life for all children’. Serious and sincere, academic and practical, small and with major impact, ICDI has been promoting psychosocial well-being of children and young people for more than twenty years. www.icdi.nl

News

Date: 23-06-2021

ISSA Members are at the Forefront of Innovations in the Early Years Sector in Europe

The European Commission’s ECEC webinar highlighted 7 initiatives from across Europe. ISSA or ISSA Members have been actively engaged in each of them.

Date: 10-02-2021

TOY for Inclusion shares Impact Evaluation and Policy Recommendations

The new report evaluates the impact of the TOY to Share, Play to Care project (a project that built on the work of TOY for Inclusion).

Date: 26-01-2021

Four Years Later: Reflections on the TOY for Inclusion Project

This month, the TOY for Inclusion project titled TOY to Share, Play to Care will come to a close. Francesca Colombo (ISSA) and Giulia Cortellesi (ICDI) reflect on the project’s work, its sustainability, and its impact. 

Date: 24-02-2020

TOY for Inclusion organizes successful event at the EU Parliament

“I strongly believe that social inclusion starts with young children and their eagerness to play,” posts Slovenian MEP Tanja Fajon on Twitter, after the recent Pop-Up Museum she hosted at the European Parliament.

Date: 27-11-2019

ICDI’s new edited book: Intergenerational Learning for ECEC practitioners

ICDI recently launched the book Intergenerational Learning in Practice, which leverages ICDI’s successful IGL initiative Together Old and Young (TOY).

Date: 20-02-2019

NEWS – PINN Releases Portugal Site Visit Learnings

PINN, Proactive International Network for Newborn and Young Children, went to visit Coimbra (Portugal) to learn from local Prevention and Intervention Services in the Early Years.

Date: 15-02-2019

NEWS – PINN Releases Portugal Site Visit Learnings

PINN, Proactive International Network for Newborn and Young Children, went to visit Coimbra (Portugal) to learn from local Prevention and Intervention Services in the Early

Date: 15-02-2019

NEWS – Unveiling Pre-conference Workshops #5 and #7

On 17 June 2019 we offer nine highly informative Pre-conference workshops. Are you coming to Leiden a day ahead of the conference? Here is your second guide to two of the full set of workshops.

 

Date: 07-01-2019

NEWS - ICDI Assessed Child Wellbeing in 5 European Countries

Study reflects social and emotional wellbeing of young children in ECEC settings.

Date: 18-12-2018

NEWS - TOY for Inclusion Wins Lifelong Learning Award 2018

We are delighted to announce that our project TOY for Inclusion has received the Lifelong Learning Awards 2018 in early December. The prize is annually awarded by the Lifelong Learning Platform to initiatives that set up creative and inclusive practices.

Date: 21-11-2018

NEWS - 'Prejudice against Roma can be Overcome,' experts say.

An international event held by TOY for Inclusion shared achievements and lessons learned over the past two years. Thanks to the work of local communities and professionals, the TOY for Inclusion Play Hubs became the gateway to kindergarten and school for many Romani children.

Date: 25-09-2018

NEWS - TOY for Inclusion Gets Extended

The TOY for Inclusion project and the Early Childhood Education and Care Play Hubs, received support for another 2 years.

Date: 25-06-2018

EVENTS - ICDI's TOY Online Course is going Public

Piloting of the TOY Course in April and May, as part of TOY-PLUS was a huge success: 82 learners from Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Slovenia and Spain followed the online course and attended two workshops in their own country.
Date: 07-08-2018

NEWS - How to make an Inclusive Play Space? Download this FREE toolkit!

The ‘TOY for Inclusion' Toolkit is a helpful reader for all child care professionals who want to set-up play spaces for children, families and communities.

Date: 14-09-2017

ICDI and ISSA organized a TOY 4 Inclusion training

During a three day "Training of Trainers", 20 professionals were trained. The training is part of the TOY for Inclusion programme which aims to improve the transition experience of Roma young children from home t

Date: 10-08-2017

Peer Learning Activity: ensuring safe spaces for young children in families and communities

Last week, ISSA member International Child Development Initiatives (ICDI) hosted a Peer Learning Activity to discuss child rearing practices and the availability and implementation of child and family services in the Balkan region of Europe.

Date: 16-07-2014

Several ISSA members release a new manual for intergenerational learning

  • The Dutch NGO ICDI, together with three other ISSA members, VBJK (Belgium), Comenius Foundation (Poland) and the Step by Step Centre for Quality Education (Slovenia) has published a new toolkit to help implement learning workshops involving children (birth to 8 years) and older people.
Date: 09-09-2014

NGO’s from different European countries will come together in an international conference on intergenerational learning

  • ISSA’s member ICDI, hosts the final TOY International Conference on intergenerational learning that will take place on the 28th October in Leiden
Date: 25-09-2016

ISSA and Members: Promoting inclusion of Romani children – through TOY

Combatting segregation of young Romani children and enhancing social cohesion of local communities are the core principles of TOY for Inclusion project, implementation of which starts in the beginning of 2017.

Resources and practices

Together Old and Young



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 less and less contact with each other. Parents and grandchildren are migrating to cities and countries far away from grandparents. For many grandparents, it is also sometimes difficult to keep in touch with grandchildren.

Supporting Social and Emotional Well-Being of Children in Early Childhood Education and Care through Team Reflection



These Guidelines are the outcome of the second part of the SEED project, during which a group reflection pathway, called WANDA1, was piloted with 80 ECEC practitioners with the aim to help them to deal with daily challenges in their practice so they could better support the socio-emotional well-b

Happy Young Learners: Psychosocial well-being of Young Children in Ethiopia: Research study



Happy young learners: Psychosocial well-being of young children in Ethiopia report presents the findings and recommendations of a research and practice project about the psychosocial well-being of five year-old children.

TOY for Inclusion Toolkit: A step-by-step guide to creating inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Play Hubs for all generations



TOY for Inclusion Toolkit: A step-by-step guide to creating inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Play Hubs for all generations provides all the necessary conceptual and practical information to enable trainers and practitioners from different sectors to set-up and run non-segregate

The Nest Center: a Home Away from Home



The Nest Center is an open, close-to-home type of center, where a stable, fixed group of 30 to 60 children aged 7-16 from multi-problem families spend time before and/or after school, and in weekends and holidays.

UPSI- 5: The Universal Psychosocial Indicator for Five-Year-Old Boys and Girls



The UPSI-5 is an easy to administer instrument to measure the psychosocial well-being of 5 year old children. The UPSI-5 consists of 29 questions which can be filled in by someone, for example a teacher or a social worker.

ECD-QUAT: Quality Assessment Tool for Early childhood Development Services for Young Children



Ensuring quality in early years services is essential for young children's well-being and healthy development.

Together Old and Young: a Training Manual for Intergenerational Learning Activities



Launched in 2012, the TOY project (Together Old and Young) is about bringing young children, up to 9 years old, together with older people for them to meet, get to know each other, learn and have fun.