ISSA case studies 10
Quality in early childhood settings: universal values and cultural flexibility. Early Childhood Matters Journal, June 2015, Vol 124, Pg. 78-82,

This article discusses how to strike the right balance between universal values and the need to consider cultural contexts and involve local stakeholders when defining how quality can be measured.

ISSA case studies 9
The ISSA Principles of Quality Pedagogy: Quality Early Childhood Education and Care through democratic processes, Learning for Well- Being Magazine,

A fundamental point in assessing quality in early education settings is the belief in the right of young children to democratically and actively participate in their education and care processes. Early education and care is undertaken with children and their families and not to children.

ISSA case studies 7
Integration and alignment of services including poor and migrant families with young children , Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early years, Dublin

Explore effective strategies being used to ensure that the needs of children from disadvantaged backgrounds are being met as several nations move toward integration of their early care and early education systems

iSSA case studies 5
Final report: Study on the effective use of early childhood education and care in preventing early school leaving N° EAC/17/2012

The aim of the study is to get a better understanding of the evidence base behind the relationship between good-quality early childhood education and care and early school leaving rates and to support the work of the Europ
ean Commission and Member States, within the Strategic framework Education and Training 2020.

ISSA case studies 3
Key Data on Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe. 2014 Edition. Eurydice and Eurostat Report. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

It analyses issues which are important for the development of quality services identified through European policy co-operation, such as access, governance, quality assurance, affordability, professionalisation of staff, lead
ership, parental involvement and measures to support disadvantaged children.

ISSA case studies 1
Early childhood education and care (ECEC) for children from disadvantaged backgrounds: Findings from a European literature review and two case studies

The first case study is on the government initiatives for young children in the UK (1998 – 2010), and the second from ISSA and OSF is focusing on teacher education and pedagogy.


It describes a systems-based approach in the health sector to promote the development of young children, their caregivers and pregnant women, especially from the most vulnerable groups. The programme focuses on improving and enhancing home-visiting services, such that the home visitor is no longer simply monitoring the family’
‘s health status but also building confidence, competence and resilience in child-rearing.