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When WANDA meets ISSA

VBJK, Centre for Innovation in the Early Years has set up a research on the effects of pedagogical counseling on the quality of ECEC (Peeters, 2008). Based on this scientific evidence, a Dutch handbook for pedagogical coaches was developed and tested out during two years in Flanders. ‘The Wanda' method got an award from the European Social Found and extra funding to disseminate the method in other European countries. Download the 'Wanda project description and materials' here. To watch the Wanda-videos, click here. Read more

Transatlantic Forum Inclusive Early Years (TFIEY)

On july 10-12th VBJK co-organized a high level conference in New York on hot topics regarding professionalisation in ECEC services, with a focus on better serving children from migrant and low income families. This conference is part of the TFIEY, a project of the Belgian King Baudoin Foundation and funded by several European and US foundations. In this meeting several experts debated on innovations in curricula for children aged 0-6 years and on different types of workforce preparation. Together with the participants from different countries, on both sides of the Atlantic, we discussed what kind of workforce is needed to better serve the specific needs of children from these vulnerable families and what the content of ECEC services could be to serve their interests. Click here to watch the video. For the synthesis report, click here. Read more

Jan Peeters at Sardes Educational Dialogue (SED)

On October 2nd 2013, Jan Peeters talked about preschool and after school childcare at the International Masterclass at Sardes (Utrecht). Watch him here.

Jan Peeters in the European Parliament

In November, Jan Peeters was invited by the European Parliament for a lecture on the Belgium model on public funded childcare. Click here for the report.

NEW dvd ‘Buttonman’. Making choices in out of school care

‘Buttonman' tells parents, schools and partner organisations all about 'out of school care' for children from the age of 2 ½ to 12. It is intended to improve the nest and network aspects of out of school care. More info. Order the dvd (with English, French & German subtitles) here.

A Global Gathering for Early Childhood, 16-19 October 2013, Dublin

A Global Gathering for Early Childhood is a three day conference that will extend a real ‘Céad Míle Fáilte' (hundred thousand welcomes) to all colleagues from around the world. Over the three days of our Gathering we will listen to, consider and debate key themes that speak to the title of the conference ‘Today's Children, Tomorrow's World, Turning Points?'. View the brochure here.

Together Old and Young (TOY)

TOY is an European intergenerational learning project that is being funded under the EC Grundtvig Programme. The purpose is to create new possibilities for senior citizens and young children to learn and have fun together. Such intergenerational opportunities are more important than ever in Europe given its ageing population, changing family structures and migration. TOY is taking place in seven European countries. The first publication of TOY: a literature review on intergenerational learning involving young children and older people has just been published and is freely available to download from the TOY-project website. The findings of the literature review have also been summarised in a colourful summary report in 8 languages. Read more

Parenting support in Europe

In 2011, VBJK was commissioned by Eurofound to write the case study for Belgium in a European survey on different models of parenting support. This case study contains the current state of affairs in both the Flemish and the French Community and gives some strong examples as good practices. For the full report, click here.

New publication: 'Revista Española de Educación Comparada. La Educación Infantil en Perspectiva Europea' año 2013 numéro 21

Read the article 'Towards A Gender Neutral Interpretation Of Professionalism In ECEC' written by Dr. Jan Peeters here.

Vient de paraître aux Éditions Érès: ‘Petite enfance et participation. Une approche démocratique de l’accueil’

... en collaboration avec Dr. Jan Peeters pour l'article 'Professionnalité et genre: participation des hommes et petite enfance'

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