ISSA training sessions for trainers have a wide reach

High-quality education and care depends heavily on a qualified and satisfied workforce. As part of ISSA's commitment to strengthening the early year’s workforce, extra attention has been placed on providing professional development opportunities in our network.

Regular professional development gives those working in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care an opportunity to hone their skills and cultivate new ones. This year, Zorica Trikic, Senior Program Manager, conducted 8 professional trainings in 6 countries. These trainings benefited a total of 176 participants of over 25 nationalities.

Looking back at a successful year for the INTESYS project

INTESYS is a 3-year, Forward Looking Cooperation Project co-funded by the European Commission's Erasmus+ Programme. The project focuses on piloting new approaches to Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) systems in Europe with a view to ensuring that children and families in vulnerable situations have access to high quality ECEC provided by services that are better integrated across the different sectors (education, health, welfare, etc.), professions and across age groups and governance levels.

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.

Overview Peer Learning Activities 2017

In 2017, 10 insightful Peer Learning Activities took place. These sessions we organized by 24 ISSA member organizations, either as applicants or co-applicants.

The PLAs covered a wide range of topics. Some focused on Quality in Early Childhood Development (ECD), others on Quality in education, diversity and social inclusion of Roma children. But also topics such as violence in early childhood, accessibility of integrated services and the executive function and self-regulation in ECD. And financial literacy in ECD and developing networks of professionals.

37 member organizations from 24 countries participated in these PLA’s, as organizers and/or participants.

30 year anniversary of family oriented programs of NJi, Netherlands

Thirty years ago, the ISSA member organization Nederlands Jeugdinstituut (Netherlands Youth Institute) developed various family-oriented programs to stimulate play and pre-school activities. This anniversary was celebrated with an event in September, which also functioned as a reunion for many of the attendees.

Compendium of inspiring practices on migrant and refugee children in Europe

Photo: Davide Rambaldi © Eurochild

Zorica Trikic, ISSA's Senior Programme Manager attended the presentation of the report called Let Children be Children: Lessons from the Field on the Protection and Integration of Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe which was launched on December 4th, 2017. This new report, produced by Eurochild and SOS Children’s Villages, offers 16 inspiring practices that showcases how the child protection services are responding to the needs of refugee and migrant children in Europe.

"Networking is extremely important"; Mehnaz Aziz on the ISSA Conference 2017

During the ISSA Conference 2017, we asked Mehnaz Aziz about her view on the event. Mehnaz Aziz is the president of Parwaan, a partnership between Children's Global network and the Government of Pakistan.

Mehnaz spoke to us about the importance of networking, what she learned from other attendees and how she will take this knowledge back home.


Tajikistan's IRODA produces video about the importance of parental interaction

The video "When Mom is near you" has been created by ISSA member IRODA, Parents of children with autism initiatives and project-partners. The film shows the importance of parents' interaction with their children. It will be used to raise awareness on the importance of  family-centered early intervention and parental role in it.