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.

Watch the report here.

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.

New manual for diversification of programs in Serbia

In 2013 VBJK worked on a manual for the IMPRES-project on diversification of programs for pre-school education.

More information on the project.
Download the manual and the practicum.

VBJK member of the ISSA-network

VBJK is a full member of the ISSA-network (International Step by Step Association), a learning community for inclusive, equitable and high-quality care and education for all young children. Visit their website.

Petition! Put early childhood development at the heart of the new post-2015 development framework

ISSA encourages its members and partners to sign a petition to champion an integrated approach to early childhood development for every child in every country and to put early childhood development at the heart of the UN post-2015 development agenda. Watch a powerful advocacy video from the campaign of the University of Northampton, one of ISSA's Affiliate Members. Your support is crucial! More signatures are needed to get the petition presented at the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals in June. Sign the petition now! Please use your own networks and social media channels to spread the word! Read more

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
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