START at the 2nd International Early Childhood Action Congress

congres-2018-accueil-mobile-enA representative of the START project, Katrien Van Laere from the partner organisation VBJK, will present our project experiences at the 2nd International Early Childhood Action Congress hosted by OECD in June 2018.
The focus theme of the Congress is the transition to schools – providing equity, quality and innovation. In order to fight against inequalities, capitalising on education and promoting a nurturing education via the establishment of an educational continuum is essential.
Based on the latest research in neuroscience, the overall vision of the Congress is to expand knowledge and question the key ingredients of an effective educational continuum benefiting children from birth to school entry. The overall objective is for stakeholders to explore, unite and build a sound consensus on key action points & practices bridging educational policies and on-the-ground methods.

START at the EECERA Conference

Partners from the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium and Slovenia will be presenting preliminary findings from the START project on the topic of Sustaining warm and inclusive transitions across the early years.
Chair: Arianna Lazzari, University of Bologna, Italy
Exploring transitions from children’s perspectives:
Eddie McKinnon, Pen Green Centre for Children and their Families, United Kingdom
The voices of families in transitions:
Katrien Van Laere, VBJK Centre for Innovation in the Early Years, Belgium
Sustaining practitioners and teachers in developing inclusive transitions:
Mateja Rezek, Educational Research Institute, Slovenia

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.

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.

News and events


  • START at the 2 International Early Childhood Action Congress (hosted by OECD)
  • START at the ISSA Conference
  • You can also read news about our project  at the associate partner ISSA‘s website
  • START at the 27th EECERA Conference