Report published on accessibility and quality of services

VBJK collaborated on a report, published by Eurofound, on accessibility and quality of services. The report describes good practices gathered in the form of case studies that have been evaluated and that describe additional resources for the inclusion in mainstream ECEC services of children with disabilities or learning difficulties, those in a vulnerable social situation and those who belong to disadvantaged groups.

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Transatlantic Forum Inclusive Early Years (TFIEY)

TFIEY is a project on ECEC and the challenges for children and families in the context of poverty and migration. This project is coordinated by the Belgian King Baudouin Foundation in partnership with several foundations from Europe and the US. VBJK is the operational partner, together with the Migration Policy Institute in the US, to shape the content of 7 conferences on several current issues in ECEC. The forum brings together researchers, policymakers and practitioners to discuss these issues and exchange knowledge and experiences. The baseline being that all children benefit from high quality ECEC and children in vulnerable situations do even more so. During the Forum Meetings discussions are taking place on the constructive elements of what this required quality means in today's context. Conferences were held in Europe and the US on questions relating to accessibility, workforce, family involvement, evaluation, integrated services and multilingualism. Download the TFIEY brochure. Read more

Nursery ‘Tierlantuin’ wins the Evens Prize for Peace Education 2015

The jury has selected the winner unanimously from a shortlist of 14 projects from all over Europe. The award goes to the Ghent nursery Tierlantuin. The independent jury of international experts was particularly impressed by the nursery's visibility and accessibility within the neighbourhood, the strong parental and community involvement, and the ongoing and natural integration of diversity (working in various languages, diversity of personnel, etc.).
In this edition of the biannual European prize, the Evens Foundation looked for initiatives and practices that stimulate and strengthen the social skills of children under six years old. According to members of the jury, the implicit, integrated approach adopted by Tierlantuin is exactly what is needed to encourage the development of social skills among babies and toddlers.
The nursery will receive a cash award of €25,000, of which some is to be used to share their vision and good practices with colleagues in other European countries. Read more

Watch the presentations! Conference: Childcare and preschool in a European perspective (May 12th 2015)

In 2011, the European Commission assembled a working group of representatives from 25 European member states to create a European Quality Framework for ECEC. At the conference, we debated about this European Quality Framework as well as more recent evolutions in childcare and preschool.

Watch the videos:

  • dr. Jan Peeters & Ankie Vandekerckhove: Introduction
  • dr. Nora Milotay: The European Quality Framework 
  • dr. Arianna Lazzari: Scientific evidence for the EQF
  • Download the Powerpoint presentations:

  • Scientific evidence for the EQF (dr. Arianna Lazzari) 
  • The European Quality Framework (dr. Nora Milotay)
  • Dutch speaking visitors can also view two presentations of European ECEC researches:

  • Brecht Peleman: Systematisch onderzoek Eurofound
  • dr. Hester Hulpia: Wat is een warme overgang?
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    Systematic literature review on Continuous Professional Development (CPD) (2013-2015)

    VBJK was the promoter of a research commissioned by Eurofound entitled Early Childhood Care: working conditions, training and quality of services - A systematic review. The topic of this systematic review is the impact of professional development opportunities on the quality of services with a particular focus on the outcomes of children and staff child interaction. By adopting the systematic review methodology elaborated by the EPPI-Centre of the London Institute of Education, the study systematically examines the findings of national and international research on ECEC quality, staff working conditions and of interventions of professional development in order to gather policy-relevant information that could support decision makers in prioritising public spending in times of austerity.

    Read the Systematic Review: Early childhood care: working conditions, training and quality of services - A systematic review.

    Read the Executive summary: Early childhood care: working conditions, training and quality of services - A systematic review - Executive summary. The Executive Summary has been translated in every language of the EU.

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    Eurofound publishes a report on Parenting support in Europe

    Eurofound has published a report on parenting support, in which VBJK developed the case study with the cooperation of F. Pirard en P. Camus. Several countries were involved in the preparation of the report.

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    VBJK involved in a project for the European Commission: 'Study on the effective use of ECEC in preventing early school leaving'

    In this study, evidence was collected on how equitable and high quality ECEC can influence the performance of children in the subsequent stages of education and possibly contribute to the prevention of early school leaving.
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    TOY-Conference - 28 October 2014, Leiden

    "There is not one age period that affects an individual's development more than the others, and there is not an optimum or peak age for learning". These and many other wise thoughts were quoted at the TOY-Conference in Leiden. Practice staff, researchers and local authorities from seven European countries debated about their experiences and activities in settings where young children and seniors learn from each other. Inspire yourself and visit the conference web page.

    ISSA International Conference - Budapest, 10-12 October, 2014

    This year's conference marked the 15th anniversary of ISSA and the 20th anniversary of the Open Society Foundations' Step by Step Program. With the attendance of 450 participants, the forum lead to an enriching debate around ECEC practices which will contribute to the professional development of many of our fellow colleagues. Access the conference's website if you wish to download the presentations of the keynote speakers and the photo slideshow. If you have attended, please take a few minutes to fill in a brief online survey. Read more

    Working group report on the ECEC Quality Framework

    The working group report on the ECEC Quality Framework has been published on the web. Download the thematic working group documents and the Quality Framework or view the ECEC policies in the EU.
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