What has the INTESYS consortium achieved? What lies ahead on the journey toward integrated services?
Are you wondering what Integrated Early Childhood Systems are?
High inequality in accessing and benefiting of early childhood services in Europe further disadvantage the most vulnerable groups: migrant children, Roma children, children with special needs, children living in poverty. Integrated Systems help practitioners, managers and policy makers tackle the issue of inequity in ECEC.
Though quality early childhood services can make a remarkable difference for the most disadvantaged groups, their contribution is even stronger when properly coordinated across sectors and age groups. The INTESYS project pilots new approaches that allow early childhood services across sectors to align and work in tandem especially for the benefit of marginalized children.
What do we aim to achieve?
By involving professionals from different sectors and levels of governance, across children’s age groups, project partners are looking to ensure a holistic approach to address the multiple and diverse needs of young children and their families. The Integrated Systems can reduce disparities in learning outcomes for vulnerable children.
How do we achieve this?
INTESYS is a 3-year, Forward Looking Cooperation Project co-funded by the European Commission's Erasmus+ Programme and managed by King Baudouin Foundation. ISSA ensures the quality of the reports and products created in the course of the INTESYS project, as well as the quality of the coordination meetings in the consortium.
In 2017, ISSA led the process of finalizing the draft version of the INTESYS Toolkit - Towards Integrated Early Childhood Education and Care Systems – Building the Foundations, that is tested within the pilot phase of the project. This toolkit is adapted by partners, to the specific contexts of the pilots in Belgium, Italy, Slovenia and Portugal.
The Toolkit provides a common ground for the four countries in the project to work towards fostering the integration within ECEC system. It is meant to be an inspiring and versatile resource for the partners in supporting the activities in the pilots, while being responsive to specific country and local contexts.
Experts on INTESYS
Petra Bozovičar from one of the partners in the project, the Step by Step Center for Quality in Education in Slovenia, says: 'It is important to establish a culture of cooperation between different experts from different institutions: to provide an opportunity to sit together at the same table; to get to know each other; to exchange information about each institution's work, their principles, successes and challenges; to align the principles that lead their work..'
Vera Bispo, pre-school teacher at Associação Tempo de Mudar: 'I feel lucky to have been able to participate.'
For more details, visit the INTESYS webpage on King Baudouin Foundation’s website.
INTESYS focused on piloting the journey toward integration in four different early childhood systems in Europe.
Ahead of the INTESYS Consortium's closing conference in April, the INTESYS consortium is releasing some highlights from their evaluation.
The INTESYS approach makes services more responsive to real-world situations. ‘The INTESYS project enables us to highlight the processes that lead to joint, early