Interim meeting, Bologna May 2018

In May, members of the consortium gathered in Bologna for a three-day interim meeting.

The first day we went to Vignola, where we visited preschool “Collodi” and primary school “Moro”. ECEC practitioners and primary school teachers cooperate with us in the project, therefore it was a great opportunity to see in person the environment, which is researched within START. We were also invited to the International Children’s Theatre Festival in Marano where we enjoyed in a great musical about Mary Poppins, performed by local pupils.

The following two days were dedicated to discussions on further action-plans for the last period of the project.



4 – 6 October 2017: ISSA Conference 2017

ISSA’s Annual Conference, offers a unique platform to listen to the world’s leading early childhood experts, an opportunity learn from your peers and to share the knowledge and experience which you have gained while working in the field.

For the first time, ISSA has joined forces with a municipality as well as a member to co-host the 2017 Conference.  The City of Ghent has long been at the vanguard of early childhood development services and in conjunction with our Belgian-based member, VBJK, and conference partners Artevelde University College and Ghent University, we extend a warm welcome to everyone concerned with the care and education of young children.

The focus of the 2017 Conference: Local Responses, Global Advances: Towards Competent Early Childhood Systems will examine how the speed of change in today’s world requires substantial shifts in the ways early childhood systems are designed, equipped, governed, financed and supported. As we strive to capitalize on the tremendous importance that early childhood development has for children, families and communities, it is time to embrace a systemic approach to addressing the critical problems that hinder children’s and families’ rights, and to learn from local responsive approaches to build competent early childhood systems.

 ISSA Conference 2017 will unite the knowledge and practice of researchers, practitioners, policy makers, parents and NGOs from around the world to explore these themes through insightful discussions and interactive sessions, while sharing their wisdom and solutions.

Arianna Lazzari presenting START

  • Partners presented the project at the ISSA Conference 2016.

Partners at the ISSA Conference 2016

29 August – 1 September 2017: 27th EECERA Conference

EECERA Annual Conference is the largest and most significant early years’ research conference in Europe, regularly attracting more than 600 researcher delegates from all over the world. The EECERA Conference is hosted in a different European city each year by a local university or early years network and to encourage networking and cross-national collaborations, includes a full social programme. The local knowledge and the EECERA organisational structure mean that each conference is unique but of consistent quality.

Conferences have been hosted by a variety of institutions, local and national government agencies, NGOs and charitable bodies but the Scientific Committee appointed for reviewing the Conference papers is always linked to an academic institution. The EECERA Trustees are particularly open to conference hosts who in the participatory spirit of the Association make collaborative cross-sector links to stage the conference.

Most delegates will make a short symposium paper presentation in a themed group of three papers, but there are a number of other ways in which to participate in Conference including posters, self-organised symposium, SIG symposiums or simply being a delegate. Invitations to deliver keynotes speeches are considered highly prestigious and EECERA attracts internationally renowned leaders in their field.

Our contribution at the conference.