Quality of Early Childhood Education Services

This report resulted from a consultancy carried out for UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia by Jan Peeters from VBJK, one of our members in Belgium. The report was commissioned based on the findings and recommendations of the 2014 Multi-Country Evaluation (MCE) on Increasing Access and Equity in Early Childhood Education carried out by UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. The MCE covered all UNICEF activities related to advancing Early Learning and School Readiness (ELSR) efforts for children in the 3-6 year age group and covered the period 2005 to 2012.


The project INTESYS – Together: Supporting vulnerable children through integrated early childhood services is aimed at advancing the policies and practices in early childhood services towards more and better integration in early childhood education and care (ECEC) systems across Europe. The intention is to provide opportunities, especially for children and families from vulnerable groups, to benefit from high quality early childhood services.


Study on the implementation of ISSA's Pedagogical Standards (2001-2008)

The study examines the role of the Standards as they were implemented through certification, mentoring, training for staff development and as part of broader initiatives for improving quality of preschool and primary school care and education.

The outcomes are documented in terms of how the standards influenced three levels of implementation: individual teacher practice, educational systems and school and community culture, and national policy. The final results of the study:

Date: 11-01-2018

Global Business Summit on Early Childhood: registration open

Registration is openen now for the 2018 ReadyNation Global Business Summit on Early Childhood. This summit will convene hundreds of business leaders from around the world in New York City at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on November 1-2. The Summit will

Building Opportunities in Early Childhood from the Start - A Teacher's Guide to Good Practices in Inclusive Early Childhood Services

This guidebook was developed within "The Good Start Project", funded by the European Commission and led by Roma Education Fund with ISSA as one of the partners. The project aimed to raise early childhood education and care (ECEC) outcomes for Romani children in an effort to enhance school readiness and long-term life opportunities, while scaling up access to quality ECEC services for disadvantaged Romani children. 

High 5 Quality Scan

The High 5 Quality Scan is an evaluation tool based on the European Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care accompanying the Five Steps to Quality Training Package. ISSA has translated this resource so it is now available in English.

Integrated Early Childhood Education and Care – Results of a European Survey and Literature Review


This report was written within the INTESYS project in order to map the state of integration of ECEC provision in EU Member States, with a special focus on vulnerable groups regarding workforce policies and practices, stakeholders, governance and also key success factors, gaps (policies, practices etc.), obstacles and inspiring good practices.

Roma Empowerment and Support for Inclusion – Case study Ghent, Belgium

The case study on the project in Ghent, Belgium, refers to the multi year project Bridging Figures (BIEMs) - The Intra European Migration School Mediators. The project aimed to support children from the age of 2 ½ years until the age of 12 in exercising their right to quality education by supporting their parents, improving communication between schools and parents, supporting school teams and building networks in the neighborhood. It was implemented by City of Ghent with financial support from the Bernard van Leer Foundation.

Together Old and Young: A training manual for intergenerational learning activities

Launched in 2012, the TOY project (Together Old and Young) is about bringing young children, up to 9 years old, together with older people for them to meet, get to know each other, learn and have fun. Funded by the European Commission and implemented in several European countries like The Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Poland, Ireland and Slovenia, the project counts now with a practical manual on how to organize intergenerational workshops.

Ieder kind een eigen verhaal: Samen verschillend in kindercentra / Each child its own story: Diversity in child care centers

Every child starting at a childcare centre (day care, preschool and afterschool care) brings along its own experiences and its own history. This is the reason for the title of this book: Each child its own story. Diversity in child care centres from brith to 13 years. A Child Care and Education Centre is like a micro society for children, families and professionals where diversity plays a key role among children, the adults and their ideas.

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