This analysis summarises the situation of young children across several policy areas impacting their development. It is based on data collected from nine European countries and consolidated in nine country profiles. It draws attention towards four key findings across policy areas impacting ECD and priorities for policy-making and investment in early childhood at the European and country level.
The tool aims to help Ministries and government agencies reflect on the ways in which they can support personnel delivering home visiting programs across sectors for pregnant mothers and caregivers with children under 3. Drawing inspiration from the UNICEF Pre-Primary Diagnostic and Planning Tool, this tool is intended for countries with home visiting programs at either the sub-national or national levels. The scope of this tool includes home visitors who work directly with young children and their families, as well as supervisors and trainers.
Roma are the most marginalized and disadvantaged population in Europe, reports the European Public Health Alliance. The International Step by Step Association, in cooperation with the European Public Health Alliance, the Romani Early Years Network, the Institute for Development Policies (Romania) and Skola dokoran (Wide Open School-Slovakia), have made several strategic recommendations to ensure every child gets the good start in life they need, based on the Nurturing Care Framework for Early Childhood Development. They seek to address disparities in access to health, housing, income, social and early childhood development services for vulnerable Roma children, focusing on the crucial period between birth and 3 years of age.
This framework from the International Step-by-Step Association is grounded in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and stands for the centrality of the child and family in conceptualizing, designing and implementing programs dedicated to this age group, no matter the type of service, program, or sector. It comprises 31 principles and 143 recommended practices, grouped around 9 focus areas, thus covering the complexity of the practices and responsibilities that binds all professionals working in early childhood services.
UNICEF ECARO and ISSA have developed a set of Resource Modules for Home Visitors: Supporting Families for Nurturing Care, intended to better equip home visitors with the latest knowledge and tools to support and engage with the families of young children. These modules can be delivered through various training methods and adapted to train other service providers.
This webinar, co-hosted by the International Step by Step Association and the Bernard van Leer Foundation, seeks to orient stakeholders on the Nurturing Care Framework. The moderator is Joan Lombardi and speakers are Bernadette Daelmans, Ilgi Ertem, Alexsandra Jovic and Liana Ghent.
In 2019 ISSA and R4D introduced a needs assessment tool to support policymakers responsible for policy planning and personnel management of early childhood development programs around the early childhood workforce.