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Counting on Quality: Measuring and Improving Quality in Early Childhood Environments

Publication date: 04/2015
Author: International Step by Step Association
Series: Reports No 5

This is a report on the International Consultation convened in Leiden, the Netherlands, in September 2014.

To protect children’s rights and promote their development, quality in early childhood settings is essential. Across the global early childhood community, there is consensus that quality is both immensely important and unfortunately, not adequately ensured. Reflecting the broad support for attention to quality, ISSA, UNICEF, UNESCO and the Bernard van Leer Foundation, in partnership with the World Bank and the Brookings Institution, joined forces to call attention to the importance of measuring and improving quality in early childhood environments.

The International Consultation brought together early childhood experts and stakeholders representing different regions of the world, who have experience in the measurement and improvement of quality of early years services. The meeting aimed to identify points of consensus in measuring quality and future directions for increasing the strength, innovation and cultural applicability of quality measurement.

Counting on Quality: Measuring and Improving Quality in Early Childhood Environments
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Small Children, Big Cities: Impact through design intervention

Publication date: 04/2015
Author: Bernard van Leer Foundation & National Institute of Urban Affairs
Series: Reports No 4

This is a report on the national conference ‘Small Children, Big Cities: Building Smart Child-Friendly Cities for 21st-century India’, held on 28 and 29 November 2014 in New Delhi, India. During this conference - organised by the Bernard van Leer Foundation with support from the National Institute of Urban Affairs and the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India - the participants discussed issues concerning urban infrastructure and services, such as housing, water and sanitation, and early childhood services, as well as issues regarding the quality of recreational spaces for children, and the transportation and mobility needs of children in cities. In this report you find the highlights of the discussions, as well as the outcomes of the conference articulated as key recommendations and suggested guidelines.

Small Children, Big Cities: Impact through design intervention
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Annual Report 2014

Publication date: 03/2015
Author: Bernard van Leer Foundation
Series: Corporate Publications No 214

As the Bernard van Leer Foundation approaches the halfway point of its ten-year strategic plan, the Annual Report for 2014 shares facts, figures, lessons learned and stories detailing the progress made over the last year towards the three strategic goals and in the eight focus countries identified by the plan. The annual report features a foreword by the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Robert Swaak, a report by the Foundation's new Executive Director, Michael Feigelson, and an executive summary in Spanish.

Annual Report 2014
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Niños pequeños, ciudades grandes

Publication date: 12/2014
Author: Varios
Series: Espacio para la Infancia No 42

Con el actual fenómeno de urbanización en el mundo, cada vez más niños viven en grandes ciudades. Esta edición de Espacio para la Infancia presenta artículos desde la India hasta los Países Bajos y Estados Unidos, con el fin de explorar las temáticas que van desde el diseño de parques infantiles hasta los efectos del ruido y el hacinamiento, la “paternidad pública”, y algunas formas de involucrar a los niños en las decisiones sobre planificación urbana.

Niños pequeños, ciudades grandes
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Gemeenten en de aanpak van kindermishandeling vanaf 2015

Publication date: 12/2014
Author: De ArgumentenFabriek
Series: Reports No 3

From January 2015, youth care in the Netherlands will become the responsibility of municipalities - including prevention of violence against children and care of children who have suffered from child abuse. Around 118,000 children fall victim to child abuse in the Netherlands every year, and the effectiveness of municipal policies and professional care have a huge impact on their lives and future.

Together with 20 experts from youth care, the police and municipalities, the Bernard van Leer Foundation has developed this publication to set out who does what from 2015, the three biggest changes for municipalities and bottlenecks around the prevention of child abuse. It explains why prevention of child abuse should not be seen as a linear process (from prevention to after care) but as a cycle (signal, discuss, research, decide and act).

Gemeenten en de aanpak van kindermishandeling vanaf 2015
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Small children, big cities

Publication date: 11/2014
Author: Various
Series: Early Childhood Matters No 123

With the world rapidly urbanising, more and more childhoods are being lived in big cities. This edition of Early Childhood Matters brings together articles from India to the Netherlands and the United States, exploring issues ranging from playground design to the effects of noise and crowding, "public parenting" as the middle classes reclaim urban spaces, and ways to get children's voices heard in urban design decisions.

Small children, big cities
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In goede handen? Keuzen van migrantenouders rond voorschoolse educatie

Publication date: 11/2014
Author: Verwey-Jonker Instituut
Series: Research Reports No 21

(NB: In Dutch) This research provides insight into the reasons why some families do not send their toddlers to VVE (early learning services) in the Netherlands, and suggests steps that need to be taken. Commissioned by the Bernard van Leer Foundation and FORUM, the Verwey-Jonker Institute carried out qualitative research among 40 hard-to-reach families. Among the reasons given by mothers interviewed are that they do not know what different services can offer, they do not feel the need to use these services as they are not working, and they believe young children are better off spending time with their mothers than at a facility. A guide to the findings can be downloaded here.

In goede handen? Keuzen van migrantenouders rond voorschoolse educatie
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XTR: Jong geleerd

Publication date: 09/2014
Author: Various
Series: Reports No 2

This is the publication ‘Jong geleerd’ (taught early), a 20-page supplement of the Dutch newspaper NRC weekend, about the importance of investing in the early years. The supplement is an initiative of the Bernard van Leer Foundation. Scientific research proves that investing in the development of young children is of great importance; for individuals, but also for our economy and society. However, the attention for the importance and impact of early learning is still very limited in the Netherlands. We hope that this supplement can be of influence in changing this. Sharing knowledge on this topic and increasing opportunities for young children is one of the key objectives of the Bernard van Leer Foundation.

 

XTR: Jong geleerd
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Sao Paulo - Infancia e violencia: Cotidiano de crianças pequenas em favelas e cortiços de São Paulo

Publication date: 09/2014
Author: Centro de Análises Econômicas e Sociais, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul
Series: Research Reports No 18

(NB: In Portuguese). A multidisciplinary team analysed the experience of hundreds of children aged 0 to 8 with violence at home, in the streets and at school in five favelas of São Paulo and a community of Guarulhos. The research involved interviews, questionnaires and group discussions with children, adolescents and adults. The data was collected between September 2013 and February 2014. For each favela where the study was conducted a separate research report is available on: www.pucrs.br/caes.

Among the results: although some indicators of violence witnessed in the streets of the areas surveyed are lower than those observed in Recife and Rio de Janeiro, where the same survey was conducted, the rates of physical violence against children at home are extremely high.

By exploring the commonalities and differences in how violence affects children in each community, the research is intended to inform the development of more precise strategies by public, private and nongovernmental organisations.

Sao Paulo - Infancia e violencia: Cotidiano de crianças pequenas em favelas e cortiços de São Paulo
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Steps for Engaging Young Children in Research Volume 2: The Researcher Toolkit

Publication date: 08/2014
Author: Vicky Johnson, Roger Hart and Jennifer Colwell
Series: Research Reports No 15
Steps for Engaging Young Children in Research is a comprehensive resource developed for academics and practitioner researchers wanting to include the perspectives of young children in their research. This is Volume 2: The Researcher Toolkit; see also Volume 1: The Guide. Steps for Engaging Young Children in Research Volume 2: The Researcher Toolkit
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