Jan Peeters

Dr. Jan Peeters is the coordinator of the Centre for Innovation in the Early Years of the Department of Social Welfare Studies at the Ghent University (Belgium).


Europass CV


He acquired a PhD on ‘An international perspective on professionalism in ECE in Flanders’ in 2008. He has been promoting several innovative transnational Early Childhood Education and Care action-research projects since 1992 and has written numerous articles and has given since many years presentations on international conferences on professionalism, gender, poverty and diversity in the early years. Together with other international colleagues, he founded in 1998 the European DECET network on Diversity and professional development in ECE.


He is the author of two books on professionalism, one in English on ECE in New Zealand, France, England and Denmark: 'The Construction of a New Profession' (2008) and one in Dutch on professionalism in Flanders in an international perspective: 'De Warme professional' (2008). He organised a European conference in 2008 in Brussels: ‘Quality jobs for ECE’.


He is co-founder (2001) of the European magazine Children in Europe, a joint publication in 15 languages, that is distributed in 18 countries and he is since 10 years member of the editorial board. He was the guest editor of an issue on professionalism: ‘Aiming high: a professional workforce for the early years’ with contributions from renowed experts of 10 different countries.


He worked as advisor for the OECD Network Starting Strong from 2006 till 2008. He is elected in the board of the international Step by Step Association, an Eastern European and Central Asian ECE Network of 27 countries.


Jan Peeters was senior researcher in the Competences Requirements in Early Childhood Education and Care (CoRe research), commissioned by the European Commission DG Education and Culture, in collaboration with DSWS (Ghent University, Prof Vandenbroeck, Katrien Van Laere and dr. Arianna Lazzari) and University of East London (dr. Mathias Urban). Jan Peeters was also in charge of the case study on the system of pedagogical coaching in the city of Ghent that exists since 1979. Jan Peeters organised a conference in Brussels (October, 2011) to disseminate the results of CoRe.


Jan Peeters was the head of the program committee of an international conference on the importance of workforce preparation in ECE: Co-constructing professional Development in ECEC in Opatija (14-17 October Croatia). This conference was attended by 340 participants from 47 different countries. 


Jan Peeters is involved as ECEC key expert in the Study on the effective use of early childhood education and care in preventing early school leaving (2013-2014) commissioned by DG EAC. This study includes 34 European countries. 


Jan Peeters and two colleagues from VBJK Innovation in the Early Years, together with the Migration Policy Institute (USA) are responsible for the organisation of the Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years (TFIEY) on accessibility and workforce preparation (2013). Funded and commissioned by the King Baudouin Foundation and a consortium of Foundations from Europe and USA VBJK has to prepare the program of six high level meetings for policymakers and researchers on the importance of quality ECEC and vulnerable groups. Topics debated so far include accessibility (Ghent, January 2013), the impact of workforce preparation on the quality of ECE (New York, July, 2013) and the role of parents in ECE (Lisbon, January 2014). Attendees include ministers, policy makers from different countries and the European Commission as Lieve Fransen Director of Europe 2020 in the Directorate-General of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and Xavier Prats Monnè, Deputy Director-General for Education and Culture (European Commission). For the last meeting a background paper with literature review was written by Lazzari, Vandenbroeck and Peeters: The Early Workforce: A review of European research and good practices. 


Peeters, J. Lazzari, A. (2013). Competenze Professionali. Quali competenze per I professionisti della prima infanzia? In IUSNE Crisi economica e creatitivita educative: L' innovazione inizia dal Nido. Verona. p. 14-27.


Vandenbroeck, M.; Peeters, J. & Bouverne-De Bie, M. (2013). Lifelong learning and the counter/professionalisation of child care: A case study of local hybridizations of global European discourses. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 21(1) 109-124. (IF 2011: 0.458) (142/206 Education & Ed. Research = Q3)


Peeters, J. (2013). Can research realize a bit of utopia? The impact of action-research on the policy of childcare in Flanders. Early Years An International Journal of Research and Development, 2, 20-29


Peeters, J. (2013) Towards a gender neutral interpretation of professionalism in ECEC. Revista Espanola de Educacion Comparada. La Educacion Infantil en Perspectiva Europea ano 2013. 21, pp. 119-143. 


Peeters, J. (2013). Professionnalité et genre: participation des hommes et petite enfance. In Rayna, S. Bouve, C. Petit Enfance et participation. Une accueil démocratique de l'accueil. Toulouse : Erès


Peeters, J. (2012). Childcare Professionalism in Flanders: An Inside-Outside Perspective. In Miller, Dalli & Urban Early Childhood Grows up. Towards a Critical Ecology of the Profession. Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York: Springer.


Peeters, J. & Vandenbroeck, M. (2012). Childcare practitioners and the process of profesionalisation. In: Miller, L., Dury, R. & Cable, C. eds. Extending professional practice in the early years. Sage/ Open University.


Peeters, J. (2012). Durven dromen over vaderen en moederen? Wie gelooft die pedagogen nog? In Haerden, H. ed. Nadenken over opvoeden. Antwerpen, Apeldoorn: Garant.


Peeters, J; (2012). De Deense voorzieningen voor jonge kinderen: geen onderscheid tussen zorg en welzijn. In De Bie, Roose& Vandenbroeck. Maatschappelijk engagement: een besef van kwetsbaarheid. Gent: Academia Press.


Peeters, J. (2012). De neerwaartse spiraal doorbroken : de professionaliteitsdiscussie in de kinderopvang. In: Van Leeuwen, K. & Van Crombrugge, H. eds. Gezinnen in soorten. Garant


Peeters, J. & Vandenbroeck, M. (2012). Freinet et l'accueil d'enfants : à nouveau croire au monde. In: Heyerick, L. ed. 25 ans d'enseignement Freinet à Gand. Département de l'Enseignement et de l'Education.


Peeters, J. & Vandenbroeck, M. (2012). Freinet en de Kinderopvang : opnieuw in de wereld geloven. In: Heyerick, L. ed. 25 jaar Freinet. Departement Onderwijs en Opvoeding Stad Gent.


Van Laere, K., Peeters, J. & Lund, S. (2012). Valuing the workforce : a 0-6 profession and parity with school teachers.. Dossier Children in Europe.


Mathias, U., Vandenbroeck, M., Van Laere, K., Lazzari, A. & Peeters, J. (2012). Towards competent systems in early childhood education and care : implications for policy and practice. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, 47(4) 508-526


Peeters, J. & Vandenbroeck, M. (2012). A la recherche des systèmes compétents : conclusions et recommandations de CoRe un projet de recherche européen sur les compétences requises en EAPE. PETITE ENFANCE, 107 79-86


Van Laere, K., Peeters, J. & Vandenbroeck, M. (2012). The education and care divide : the role of the early childhood workforce in 15 European countries. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, 47(4) 527-541


Peeters, J. The Gender divide. Children in Europe 23 (2) 12-13. Edinburgh : Children in Scotland.


Peeters, J. (2012). Kinderopvang en kleuterschool. ZORGBREED (ANTWERPEN), 9(35) 22-27


Peeters, J. (2011). 'Mannen moeten voorzichtig zijn' : over emoties en aanrakingen in voorzieningen voor jonge kinderen. WELWIJS (LEUVEN), 22(3) 3-5


Peeters, J. & Vandenbroeck, M. (2012). Tewerkstelling in de kinderopvangsector : grote uitdagingen voor de komende jaren. ACV


Peeters J, Vandenbroeck (2011). Child care practitioners and the Process of professionalization. In Miller & Cable Professionalization and Management in the Early Years London: Sage 62-74. ISBN 13: 9781849205542 ISBN 10: 184920554x


Peeters, J. (2010). Le professionalism dans les services aux jeunes enfants en Europe. Le Furet 61(1) 18-20.


Peeters, J. (2010). Een afstandelijke expert of een warme professional? Welke competenties heeft een PM'er nodig? BBMP(3) 3, 34-37. ISSN:1875-7898


Peeters,J. (2010). De talenten van de warme professional. In Van Vipbaby tot veelzijdige peuter. Meervoudige talentontwikkeling in de voorschoolse en buitenschoolse opvang en de eerste kleuterklas. Beleidscahier GO! 46-49.


Peeters, J. (2010). Le professionalisme dans les services des jeunes enfants en Europe. In Schronen D. ed. Niederigqualifizierte in Bildungsstrukturen- Les expériences 201-2010. Luxembourg: Conféderation caritas. 46-55. ISBN 978-2-919974-09-2


Peeters, J (2009). Lessen uit de vermarkting van de kinderopvang. Alert, 35(5), 31-37.


Peeters, J. (2009). Welk soort professional heeft de kinderopvang nodig? In A. van Keulen & A. del Barrio, Permanen Leren. Van zelfreflectie naar teamreflectie. (pp.19-27). Amsterdam: SWP


Peeters, J. (2008). De warme Professional. Begeleid(st)ers kinderopvang construeren professionaliteit. Gent, Academia Press. ISBN: 978 90 382 1365 1



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