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Discussing and sharing CARE results with stakeholders

November 2016

Martine Broekhuizen (at the Utrecht University) participated in the conference International Center Early Childhood and Care (ICEC) in Berlin on November, 10th and 11th. Broekhuizen presented the CARE project and the video library in a communication entitled “The development of a transnational model on the evaluation of quality and children’s well-being in ECEC”.

October 2016

Paul Leseman (at the Utrecht University) made the opening presentation and described the aims of the CARE proect at the CARE Final Conference at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa in Lisbon.
Read the opening presentation.

Marja-Kristiina Lerkkanen (at the University of Jyväskylä) presented the Work Package 2 work on “Curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom quality: Promoting effectiveness of ECEC” at the CARE Final Conference at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa in Lisbon.
Read the WP2 presentation.

Bente Jensen and Rosa Linda Iannone (both at the Aarhus University) presented the Work Package 3 work on “Professional Development in ECEC” at the CARE Final Conference at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa in Lisbon.
Read the WP3 presentation.

Yvonne Anders (at the Free University of Berlin), Edward Melhuish, Katharina Ereky-Stevens (both at the Oxford University), Efthymia Penderia, Konstantinos Petrogiannis (both at the Hellenic Open University), Elisabeth Resa, Ana Sushac, Hannah Ulferts, and Nadine Wieduwilt (all at the Free University of Berlin) presented the Work Package 4 work on “Impact of ECEC in short-, medium- and long-term” at the CARE Final Conference at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa in Lisbon.
Read the WP4 presentation.

Martine Broekhuizen (at the Utrecht University), Thomas Moser (at the University College of Southeast Norway), Paul Leseman (at the Utrecht University), Edward Melhuish (at the Oxford University), Giulia Pastori (at the University of Milan-Bicocca), and Konstantinos Petrogiannis (at the Hellenic Open University) presented the Work Package 6 work on “Stakeholders Study & Quality Framework” at the CARE Final Conference at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa in Lisbon.
Read the WP6 presentation.

M. Clara Barata (at the University of Coimbra) and Cecília Aguiar (at ISCTE) in collaboration with Carsten Henriksen (at the Aarhus University) presented the Work Package 7 work on “Dissemination, translation, and communication of foreground” at the CARE Final Conference at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa in Lisbon.
Read the WP7 presentation.

Katharina Ereky-Stevens, Kathy Silva (both at the Oxford University), Giulia Pastori (at the University of Milan-Bicocca), Martine Broekhuizen (at the Utrecht University) and Joana Cadima (at the University of Porto) presented the theme “Developmental goals and concepts of learning” within the cross-cutting theme 1 “Process Quality, Playful Learning & Curriculum” at the CARE Final Conference at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa in Lisbon.
Read the cross-cutting theme 1 presentation.

Bente Jensen (at the Aarhus University), Olga Wyslowska, Malgorzata Karwowska-Struczyk (both at the Warsaw University), Pauline Slot (at the Utrecht University), Thomas Moser (at the University College of Southeast Norway) and Martine Broekhuizen (at the Utrecht University) discussed the following topics “Importance of structural characteristics and relations between structural and process quality” within the cross-cutting theme 2 “Structural Quality, Professional & Organizational Development” at the CARE Final Conference at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa in Lisbon.
Read the cross-cutting theme 2 (part 1) presentation.

Susanna Mantovani, Claudia Giudici, Chiara Bove, Silvia Cescato, Marina Castagnetti (all at the University of Milan-Bicocca), Bente Jensen, Rosa Lisa Iannone (both at the Aarhus University), Malgorzata Karwowska-Struczyk, Olga Wyslowska (both at the Warsaw University), Joana Cadima (at the University of Porto), and Pauline Slot (at the Utrecht University) presented “Structural  quality, professional and organizational development: Three case studies” within the cross-cutting theme 2 “Structural Quality, Professional & Organizational Development” at the CARE Final Conference at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa in Lisbon.
Read the cross-cutting theme 2 (part 2) presentation.

Edward Melhuish (at the Oxford University), Yvonne Anders, Katharina Ereky-Stevens (at the Oxford University), Efthymia Penderi, Konstantinos Petrogiannis (at the Hellenic Open University), Elisabeth Resa, Ana Sushac, Hannah Ulferts, Nadine Wieduwilt (all the the Free University of Berlin) presented the cross-cutting theme 3 “Impact, monitoring, and governance: Making the links across CARE” at the CARE Final Conference at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa in Lisbon.
Read the cross-cutting theme 3 presentation.

Tom van Huizen, Emre Akgündüz and Janneke Plantenga (all at the Utrecht University) presented on the topic “Cost-benefit analysis: Is there a case for universal ECEC?” within the cross-cutting theme 4 “Access, Inclusiveness & Equal Outcomes” at the CARE Final Conference at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa in Lisbon.
Read the cross-cutting theme 4 (part 1) presentation.

Martine Broekhuizen (at the Utrecht University) and Thomas Moser (at the University College of Southeast Norway) presented on the topic “Inclusiveness of the ECEC services: Evidence from the stakeholder study and focus groups” within the cross-cutting theme 4 “Access, Inclusiveness & Equal Outcomes at the CARE Final Conference at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa in Lisbon.
Read the cross-cutting theme 4 (part 2) presentation.

Paul Leseman (at the Utrecht University) and Thomas Moser (at the University College of Southeast Norway) presented the crosscutting theme 5 “New European indicators of quality and wellbeing” at the CARE Final Conference at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa in Lisbon.

March 2016

On the 18-20th of March, CARE team members participated in the International Preschool Education Convention 2016 on the topic "Current international developments in early childhood education: Policies and research”, which took place in Thessaloniki. The convention was organized by the Pan-Hellenic Association of Early Childhood Educators (P.A.EC.E) with the collaboration of the Hellenic Open University. In the event, four partners of the CARE Project made presentations based on some of the CARE work for the various WPs, more specifically:

  • Paul Leseman, Universal and targeted: integrated early childhood education and care for equal outcome
  • Giulia Pastori, The Italian ECEC system: toward an integrated system?
  • Katharina Ereky-Stevens, Overview of European ECEC systems and curricula
  • Konstantinos Petrogiannis, Some thoughts for an integrated ECEC system in Greece: A new challenge

CARE researcher Ted Melhuish gave a keynote address on “The Development of Literacy, and long-term consequences” to the National Summit on Early Literacy, March 7th, 2016, in Canberra, Australia.

Ted Melhuish gave evidence to a ministerial briefing with UK Minister for Children, Sam Gyimah, on March 1st 2016.

February 2016

Ted Melhuish presented invited evidence on “Early Years Indicators of School Readiness” to an inquiry convened by The Children’s Commissioner for England on February 25th, 2016.

January 2016

On January 16th, CARE researchers Cecília Aguiar, Clara Barata, and Joana Cadima, presented the CARE project at the I Encontro Infância, Desenvolvimento e Risco, which took place at the Escola Superior de Educação de Lisboa, Portugal.

December 2015

On December 16th, Paul Leseman met with representatives of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences on future policy development in early chidhood education, and to discuss the CARE impact study.

On December 15th, Paul Leseman gave a presentation and workshop on the topic “ECEC quality, curriculum, accessibility, and inclusiveness” at national conference Early years education forum of the Ministry of Education and Skills, Dublin, Ireland. The presentation addressed the CARE stakeholders study, the curriculum study, and the classroom quality study.

On December 3rd, Paul Leseman was interviewed by the Dutch newspaper Telegraaf on the importance of a national curriculum for young children. The CARE impact study was discussed.

Presentation by CARE researcher M. Radwańska on the topic “Rola muzyki w rozwoju dzieci w wieku żłobkowym” (“The role of music in the development of children 0-3 years of age) for caregivers of Miejski Zespół Żłobkółw w Łodzi- partner institution in conducting case studies. This presentation took place in the headquarters of Miejski Zespół Żłobkół w Łodzi and was related to the video materials collected in the crèche network in Łódź

November 2015

On November 30th, Paul Leseman participated in two interactive webinars entitled “Effectieve aanpak van voor- en vroegschoolse educatie”  [Effective approaches to early education] and “Loont VVE?” [Does investing in pre-school education pay-off?] based on the CARE impact study. The two webinars were developed in collaboration with Eduseries and several hundreds of professionals, service providers, local policy makers, and politicians attended the webinars.

On 27 November 2015, CARE researcher Ted Melhuish (University of Oxford) made a keynote presentation on ECEC and the welfare of Nations at the Early Childhood National Reform Symposium organized by the South Australian Government. This symposium led on the recommendations that were presented to the Commonwealth of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting on the future funding of early education in Australia. The symposium presentation by Ted Melhuish is available in video and powerpoint on our website.

On November 26th, Paul Leseman gave a presentation on the topic “Een ‘nationaal curriculum’ – hoezo, waarom? [A ‘national curriculum’ for early childhood – why, how?]” at annual meeting of the Kinderopvangfonds, i.e. the Dutch organisation of service providers and employers in day care. The presentation was attended by ECEC service providers and policy representatives. 

On November 10th, Paul Leseman was consulted as expert by SIRA Consultants BV commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment to outline a new system of quality monitoring in child day care. The CARE curriculum study and the classroom quality study were discussed.

October 2015

On October 23rd, Ted Melhuish gave an invited address on Early Experience, Literacy and Emotional Development to the conference of the Family Day Care Association of Australia, Sydney, Australia.

On October 21, Paul Leseman was Interviewed by the Dutch weekly magazine Vrij Nederland on early childhood education and care. The CARE impact study was 

The Department of Education of the Australian Government invited Ted Melhuish to hold a workshop on Early Childhood Research and Policy for civil servants from Education, Treasury & Employment, in Canberra, Australia, 12th October, 2015.

Ted Melhuish gave a keynote address to business leaders and government officials  on Early Childhood Education and the Welfare of Nations to the Global Business Summit on early Childhood Investment.  ReadyNation & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New York, 2nd October, 2015.

On October 1st, Paul Leseman gave a presentation on the topic “Universeel en geïntegreerd: hoe? [universal and integrated: how?]” to the Conference Integrale Kindcentra in Zeeland, the integrated child centers in the province of Zeeland, NL. The presentation was attended by professionals, service providers, school principals, policy makers.

Presentation by Katarzyna Domańska on “Oferta wydawnicza dla najmłodszych. Dlaczego trzeba czytać małym dzieciom? (Current publishing offer for the youngest children. Why should we read books to children?) for caregivers of Miejski Zespół Żłobkół w Łodzi- partner institution in conducting CARE case studies. Presentation had place in the headquarters of Miejski Zespół Żłobkół w Łodzi and was related to the video materials collected in the crèche network in Łódź.

September 2015

In September, Professor Edward Melhuish was interviewed on ABC radio in Australia about his proposal that Australia should provide free 15 hours of early education for all 3 and 4 year olds.  It attracted a lot of press comment and substantial political reaction.

August 2015:

CARE researchers Thomas Moser and Martine Broekhuizen presented on the topic “Expectations of day care from a European perspective: views of parents, day care staff and policymakers” at the International conference “The Early Years – Why Quality of Daycare Matters ”, in Oslo, 24th of August 2015. The conference was attended by researchers, policymakers and teacher educators.

Presentation available here

The Ministry of Education for Japan invited Professor Edward Melhuish to give an address to a conference on Early Childhood Education: Research & Policy, Tokyo, Japan, August, 2015.

July 2015

On July 6th, Paul Leseman gave a presentation on the topic “Waarom een nationaal curriculum voor het jonge kind? [Why a national curriculum for early childhood?]” to the Dutch Regiegroep Kindercentra 2020. The presentation was attended by ECEC service providers and local policy makers.

June 2015

On June 29th, Paul Leseman presented on the topic “Universeel en geïntegreerd – Yes, we can do better! [Universal and integrated]” and Janneke Plantenga presented on the topic “Over de kosten en baten van voorzieningen voor jonge kinderen” [About the costs and benefits of early childhood education]  to the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) for advice on early childhood care and education arrangements. The presentation was attended by Board members, representatives of Ministries, labor unions, and employ

Later on September 24th, these presentations were followed-up with a meeting between Paul Leseman, Janneke Plantenga and the SER concerning a request for advice on early childhood care and education arrangements, and a discussion based on the CARE impact study, the CARE curriculum study, as well as the access and funding study. A report of the SER, the most important advisory board to the Dutch national government, with recommendations to create a universal early childhood education and care system from age 2 in the Netherlands, was released in February 2016.

CARE researcher Janneke Plantenga gave a presentation on the topic “Het Hollandse model: moeder werkt,  maar in deeltijd” [The Dutch model: mother works, but part-time] at WomenInc, Amsterdam, 22 june 2015.

On June 18th, Paul Leseman met with the director and staff of the Kinderopvangfonds, i.e. the national organisation of service providers and employers in day care on integrated child centers Kindcentra 2020, to discuss the CARE curriculum study.

On June 12th, Paul Leseman presented on the topic “Universeel toegankelijke en geïntegreerde voorschoolse voorzieningen. Het kan beter. [Universal and integrated ECEC services: we can improve]” at the national conference of the Netherlands PO Raad, i.e. the union of primary schools and official advisor to the national government. The presentation was attended by school leaders, and policy representatives. Later on October 8th, this presentation was followed-up with a meeting with staff of the PO Raad concerning the CARE curriculum study.

May 2015

CARE researcher Konstantinos Petrogiannis (Hellenic Open University) presented the CARE project in a one-day event of the Municipality of Ilion, Athens (GR) for all the professionals employed in ECEC (approx. 200) and the local authorities.

Press release available here

April 2015

CARE researchers Janneke Plantenga and Paul Leseman presented on the topic “Waarom is het van belang te investeren in kinderen” [Why it is important to invest in children] at the conference of social-democratic party in the national parliament, Den Haag, 28 april 2015.

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