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We offer two days of conferencing: on 18 & 19 June. You can however join our Pre-conference Events on 17 June 2019 or stay to experience some field visits to services on 20 June 2019 in the Leiden area.


Pre-conference Events 17 June 2019 (optional)

On this day ISSA members and partners will arrange several workshops on diverse topical issues in the early childhood field. You can find the entire Pre-conference program HERE.


Field
 Visits 20 June 2019 (optional)

Within and surrounding the City of Leiden, there are many services for young children worth visiting. We have a variety of inspiring field trips listed below. 

The deadline for field visit registration is 30 May 2019. Fill out the brief form HERE


About the Field Visits
Field Visits give participants insight into Leiden's diverse childcare services, including childcare facilities, schools and other services and initiatives. Field visits are open to everyone who registered for the ISSA Conference.

Privacy
During visits, no photographs are to be taken of the children (privacy). For photos of the facility itself, please ask permission of the contact person on site. 

Some readings on the Dutch Early Childhood Education and Care system:

 

Site Descriptions:

 

De Dukdalf Openbare Jenaplanschool (Integrated Children Center/ Public Primary school De Dukdalf)
Category: Primary education and integrated after school care (4-12 years)

  • Minimum 10, maximum 15 participants.
  • Time: 10:00-12:00
  • Distance from city center: 27 minutes by public transport

This primary school is in the process of transforming into an Integrated Children Center, an intense cooperation between school and childcare. There is a continuum of the pedagogical approach between the school and the care. The director of the school will explain the why, how and what of becoming an integrated children center. How they started, what are their experiences and what are their goals. The school works with Jenaplan education and it is very active on an international level and has participated in diverse Erasmus+ projects with a lot of European countries.

This field visit will be hosted by Child Care International, an ISSA member.

     

 

Peutercentrum Mengelmoes en Speeltuin (Toddlercentrum Mengelmoes and playground)
Category: toddler group for children (2-4 years)

  • Minimum 5, maximum 10 participants.
  • Distance from the city center: 15 minute walk or 11 minutes by public transport

Toddlercentrum Mengelmoes is a site of the Leiden Playgroup Foundation where toddlers can come to play. Pedagogical workers interact two half-days with the children on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. A half day accounts for three hours. Next to the greenest playground of Leiden lies toddler centrum Mengelmoes. Nature is often invited into the rooms, by breeding out eggs or having a tub full of frog spawn. 

Mengelmoes has an admirable space with climbing facilities and gymnastic mats on which children can enjoy themselves. The setup of the interior also has many cozy corners to give it a homely, warm feel. Next to Mengelmoes lies a big playground called Westerkwartier. But Mengelmoes itself has its own, fenced playground for its children to play and discover.

Mengelmoes works with the VVE Piramid methodology which comprises several themes to stimulate child learning and development, align with individual child needs.

     
 

Antroposofische opvang Gouden Poortje (Antroposophical child care center Golden Gatelet) and Peuterspeelzaal 't Kwetternest (Toddlercentrum ‘t Kwetternest, playgroup for toddlers)
Category: Gouden Poortje offers day care to children (0-4 years)
‘t Kwetternest is a playgroup for toddlers (2-4 years)

  • Minimum 5, maximum 10 participants.
  • Time: 10:00-10:45
  • Distance from city center: 26 minutes by public transport

Gouden Poortje offers its services from an anthroposophical pedagogical angle. This view comprises the assumption that children are able to develop naturally when given the right examples and impulses from the adults in their environments. The natural environment (nature) and its resources at the basis of play and learning.

‘t Kwetternest is mainly a space for learning by playing, indoors and outdoors. Next to the spacious facility, climbing facilities are available also, so bad weather won’t stop them from play. They work with the VVE Piramid methodology which comprises several themes to stimulate child learning and development, align with individual child needs.

     
 

Antroposofisch Kinderdagverblijf Het Kleine Volkje (Antroposophical childcare center The Little People)
Category: Childcare center / toddler center (0-4 years)

  • Minimum 5, maximum 10 participants
  • Time: 10:30-11:30
  • Distance from city center: 30 minute walk or 23 minutes by public transport

The fundamental pillars of the center are:
- Warm and safe (homely) atmosphere where children feel comfortable
- A methodology supporting order and regularity
- A Rudolf Steiner based philosophy of teaching
- Bio- conscience approach to services: food, drinks and non-chemical cleaning etc.

     
 

Speelgroep JES Rijnland, groep Roomburg (Playgroup JES Rijnland, group Roomburg)
Category: Parent/child playgroup (1-2 years)

  • Minimum 5, maximum 10 participants
  • Distance from city center: 10 minutes by public transport

Location and program in which parents come with their babies/toddlers to meet and play with other parents and children. They take part in a variety of activities together.

The main purpose is supporting parents, handing out tips and tricks, exchanging experiences with other parents and enforcing their parenting skills. Children learning to play with other children.

 

     
 

Peuterspeelzaal Floddertje (Toddlercentrum Floddertje)
Category: Toddlercentrum, a playgroup for toddlers (2-4 years)

  • Minimum 5, maximum 10 participants
  • Distance from city center: 15 minute walk

Toddlercentrum is a facility for children between age 2-4 can come to play. Pedagogical workers interact two half-days with the children on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. A half day accounts for three hours. Floddertje is a facility for toddlers situated in Leiden’s city center.

Other social organizations are in the building as well, such as the Center of Youth and Family, where parents can immediately address parenting issues or other child care issues. Floddertje has a city playground, accessible directly from the room. The team organizes field trips with parents and children regularly, under which to the petting zoo. Surrounding public holidays they encourage children to bring food from within their culture.

Mengelmoes works with the VVE Piramid methodology which comprises several themes to stimulate child learning and development, align with individual child needs.

     
 

Consultatiebureau Oosterkerkstraat | Centrum Jeugd en Gezin (Consultation bureau Oosterkerkstraat | Center of Youth and Family)
Category: preventive childcare service for families with children (0-4 years)

  • Minimum 5, maximum 10 participants
  • Distance from city center: 13 minute walk

The consultation bureau is a service where parents can go for preventive child care. It provides pre-school children (age 0-4) with-regular health checks and preventively screens health problems.

The consultation bureau on the Oosterkerkstraat sits in the Center of Youth and Family in the city center. It also offer pedagogical advice and youth health care.

Parents can come in and address all kinds of questions or concerns surrounding children and parenting. Services comprise various forms of child, parenting and family counseling.

Methodologies used:
Triple P,  a parenting methods that comprises positive parenting

1 family, 1 plan When a family receives care from different services, 1 family, 1 plan, brings several forms of aid together
Youth Match, a service which aligns – when applicable – several youth workers and their efforts. 

     
 

Kleine Planeet Ontmoetingscentrum, Family Café
(Little Planet Meeting Center, Family Cafe)
Category: Play cafe and shop

  • Minimum 5, maximum 10 participants
  • Distance from the city center: 6 minute walk

The Little planet is a family cafe. It is the first play cafe in Leiden, a shop inside a shop for presents, life style articles and items (gifts) for new born babies. Its main purpose is to meet or make (new) friends, relaxing and discovery for parents with children. 

 

     
 

Basisschool de Leimundo (Primary school de Leimundo) and peuterspeelzaal de Leistroom (toddlercentrum de Leistroom)
Category: Public primary education (4-12 years). Toddlercentrum, playgroup for 2-4 year olds

  • Minimum 5, maximum 10 participants
  • Time: 11:00-12:00
  • Distance from city center: 22 minute walk or 17 minutes by public transport

The primary school and toddlercentrum share a new building in Leiden, together with another primary school. They exchange and cooperate on many levels, organizing combined events such as field days and sport days. The toddlers and pre-school children share the school playground. Leimundo is a public facility, they offer education without any religious or spiritual predisposition.

Both services work with the VVE Piramid methodology which comprises several themes to stimulate child learning and development, align with individual child needs.

     
 

Antroposofische basisschool Mareland en peuterspeelzaal  t' Rozenpoortje (Antroposophical primary school Mareland and toddlercenter ’t Rozenpoortje)
Category: Primary school Mareland: education between 6-12 years
‘t Rozenpoortje: toddlers between 2-4 years

  • Minimum 5, maximum 10 participants
  • Time: 11:00-12:30
  • Distance from the city center: 10 minute walk

The liberal pillars of the schools philosophy align with the demands and challenges of current day society and it allow children to grow up into self-conscious, responsible and outspoken civilians. The Free School is open to all students, regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds.

     
 

Woutertje van Leyden (Primary school Woutertje van Leyden)
Category: Public primary school for children (4-9 years)

  • Minimum 5, maximum 10 participants.
  • Distance from city center: 15 minute walk

A new school, no children older than 9 are in the class rooms yet (age group 4-9).

Every child is different and learns different. Either on another level or in another way. By offering the subject matter in various ways, children discover in what way they learn best. Woutertje van Leyden chose to place children in units, groups that comprises of children with overlapping ages.

This year, two groups of children aged 4-5 and 6-9 exists. Within their specific age group children also have a mentor. They start and end the day with their mentor, who also keeps close watch on individual developments with the children. Together they make plans to achieve learning goals. This way, children learn to be co-responsible for their own development.

Woutertje van Leyden strongly believes in the child’s ability to develop its own talents and to learn how to use them. By this way of talent stimulating the child prepares itself for the world and its own future. But not only by themselves, also by peer learning from class mates and teachers.

     
 

Thuis op Straat (Home outside)
Category: outdoor community activities for different age groups - 4-23 years

  • Minimum 5, maximum 20 participants
  • Timing: 11:00-12:00
  • Distance from city center: 25 minute walk or 14 minutes by public transport

Home outside is much more than just outdoor play. Its efforts are to create a safe and pleasant living climate following a basic offer of sports and play, enriched with tailored services in the neighborhood, to children, youths and parents to learn and reach out to each other through play and activity. Participants will visit one location, the playground Vijfhoven, and will learn about the overall activities of Home outside.

     
  Museum Boerhaave met buitenspeeltuin (Museum Boerhaave with Outdoor Playground)
Category: museum with educational activities for children (4-8 years)
  • Minimum 5, maximum 10 participants
  • Distance from the city center: 5 minute walk

Boerhaave Museum offers a diverse range of exhibitions for several age groups. For pre-school groups, workshops can be offered with a theme matching their age. Boerhaave Museum offers education on the evolution of science in the Netherlands. It introduces researchers and scientist and shows the impact of their inventions on today’s life.

In addition, they have a collection of scientific instruments spanning five ages, offering an intriguing insight to visitors of all ages in the world of science. There is also a water playground available to children.

Educational programs available for school children, up from early primary school.

     
  Kinderboerderij/theehuis de Trotse Pauw van de Haardstee (Petting Zoo/Tea house the Proud Peacock of the homestead)
Category: petting zoo with a variety of small farm animals are being kept for public access 
  • Minimum 5, maximum 20 participants
  • Distance from the city center: 25 minutes by public transportation

The petting zoo is particularly designed for children to get acquainted with small farm animals. It has both an educational and recreational purpose.

The tea house the Proud Peacock is one of the learn-work places of The Homestead. People with disabilities can work in the cafeteria whilst receiving special guidance on their developmental challenges.

At the petting zoo, children and parents can interact and care for animals such as pigs, sheep, pony’s, rabbits, goats and some dear as well. At the tea house, people with special needs are learning to help and participate in society and receive their own sense of well-being.

 

 

 

 

Monday, June 17, 2019

 

 

 

19:00-22:00 

Welcome Reception and ISSA’s 20st Anniversary Celebration
Stadsgehoorzaal, Breezaal. 
Breestraat 60, 2311 CS, Leiden

The event will take place in the festive Breezaal of the conference venue, the Stadsgehoorzaal. During the reception, drinks and finger food will be served. Attendance at the welcome Reception and ISSA's 20th Anniversary Celebration is included in the conference registration fee.

 

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

 

 

 

19:30 - 22:30

Conference Dinner - Option 1 (optional by registration).
Leiden City Hall, Stadhuisplein 1, 2311 EJ Leiden

Join us for a conference dinner at a unique city venue.

The Leiden City Hall has been situated at the same location since the Middle Ages. The remarkable façade dates back to 1595/96 and has a Renaissance style. However, behind the façade you find a modern building constructed after a fire in 1929.

Enjoy the ambiance of the festive Burgerzaal and take this opportunity to network and meet informally with other conference participants.

 

Please note that seats are limited, we suggest to sign up soon via the conference registration form.

 

Price: 55 EUR per person incl. VAT, with a buffet dinner and drinks included.

     
 

19:30 - 23:30

Conference Dinner and Party - Option 2 (optional by registration).
Scheltema theatre, Marktsteeg 1, 2312 CS Leiden

Situated in the center of Leiden, this 19th century former textile factory has been recently transformed to a cultural center. The mixture of the original features and modern design elements offer a great location to another unforgettable ISSA conference party.

 

Music will be provided and you may dance all night!

 

Price: 50 EUR per person incl. VAT, with a buffet dinner and drinks included.

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

20:00 - Dine out in Leiden in the restaurant of your choice (optional by registration).

Choose from several of Leiden’s finest restaurants for a small group dinner, or use this as an opportunity to network with other conference participants. We offer the following no-host dinner options for conference participants to choose from:

 

 

Fish restaurant t’ Crabbetje
Address: St. Aagtenstraat 5, 2312 CA, Leiden

Oysters are known for their pearls and great taste. Crabbetje fish restaurant is one of these oysters in the city of Leiden: a hidden gem with the taste of the sea. The "Chef's choice", Crabbetje's culinary specialty of the daily catch prepared in different ways, is bound to tickle the taste buds of every lover of fish. Chef Theo and host Rene Guijt welcome you to their restaurant.

The 3-course menu includes appetizer, meat/fish/vegetarian main course and dessert.

Price: 35 EUR per person incl. VAT, with one glass of wine and water included. Participants pay for additional drinks based on consumption.

     
 

 

Het Prentenkabinet restaurant
Address: Kloksteeg 25, 2311SK, Leiden

Restaurant Het Prentenkabinet is located in the beautiful old Pieterswijk district of Leiden and has a lovely Park terrace at the back. The special atmosphere in the centuries-old building of the Het Prentenkabinet makes this restaurant one of the most beautiful and characteristic restaurants in Leiden. The cooks of the Het Prentenkabinet are inspired by French / International cuisine and regional products. Menu options:

Starter/soup: 
a) Creamy zucchini soup
b) Rillette of smoked mackerel 
c) Farmer’s veal pate

Main: 
a) Artichoke with couscous from the oven
b) Skin fried Haddock
c) Roasted loin of veal

Dessert: 
Strawberry dessert

Price: 35 EUR per person incl. VAT, with one glass of wine and water included. Participants pay for additional drinks based on consumption.

     
 

 

Jeanpagne Restaurant
Address: Nieuwe Rijn 27, 2312JD, Leiden

Jeanpagne is a bistro & aperitif bar where you can enjoy pure daily fresh products in a relaxed atmosphere. For the dinner you are at the right place at Jeanpagne, where fresh products and the changing seasons are primary matter for both the meat and fish lover and the vegetarian. Jeanpagne is located in the heart of Leiden on the Nieuwe Rijn. From the front part of the bistro and from the terrace you have a view of the Koornbrug and the Stadhuis. The restaurant has a sunny terrace to enjoy your afternoon or evening dinner.

The 3-course menu includes appetizer, meat/fish/vegetarian main course and dessert. 

Price: 33 EUR per person incl. VAT, with one glass of wine and water included. Participants pay for additional drinks based on consumption.

     
 

 

Waag Leiden restaurant
Address: Aalmarkt 21, 2311EC, Leiden

The Leiden Weigh House (De Waag in Dutch) opened in 1659 and for centuries, merchants came here to weigh and trade a variety of goods. Since the summer of 2015 this monument is again the vivid heart of the city of Leiden. A spot that feels like a second home where you can have lunch or dinner under the beautiful vaults of the monumental Boterhal and Waag or in the beautiful glass section in the new construction. The doors of Waag Leiden are open from morning until late in the evening.

The 3-course menu includes appetizer, meat/fish/vegetarian main course and dessert. The menu options will be available in May, 2019.

Price: 37 EUR per person incl. VAT, with one glass of wine and water included. Participants pay for additional drinks based on consumption.

 

Leiden walking tours in English

Schedule of the tours:

 

June 18 18:30-20:00

June 19
18:30-20:00

June 20
10:00-12:00

June 20 14:00-16:00

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Academy Walk
This tour reflects the intimate relationship that Leiden has always had with its University. The guide sets out at the Synagogue at the Garenmarkt and takes you to the Kamerlingh Onnes Laboratory where in the world of Physics and Chemistry history was written. This building is situated where the Gunpowder ship exploded in 1807. The walk continues past the Academy building and the Botanical gardens and you will also visit some almshouses.

A minimum of 5 participants is required for the walking tour to take place.

Price: 8 EUR / person, incl. VAT.

     
   

 

Rembrandt Walk
This tour leads you through Rembrandt’s Leiden life. The Guide starts at the Stadstimmerwerf (The old construction Wharf) and together you walk past the artist’s place of birth as well as other noteworthy spots showing you what influenced Rembrandt’s early life before he definitely settled as a painter in Amsterdam. The walk ends in the center of town where we can still see the house where this famous Dutch artist had his first painting lessons.

A minimum of 5 participants is required for the walking tour to take place.

Price: 8 EUR / person, incl. VAT.

     
   

 

Highlights of the city - City- and Almshouses Tour
Leiden as a city evolved along the banks of the river Rhine, where the fortress had been built and the counts had also settled.

Walking along Leiden’s many canals and almshouses the guide will sketch an image of the Golden Age in which the majority of the people depended on the cloth industry and these goods were shipped the world over; a time when Dutch painters flourished and Leiden university was founded.

A minimum of 5 participants is required for the walking tour to take place.

Price: 8 EUR / person, incl. VAT.

   

 

History of Diversity Walk
It’s the 1600s and Leiden is bustling with communities of British Quakers, Flemish and German refugees, French Huguenotes, Sephardic Jews and merchants from all over Europe and beyond. Not a minor detail, but at one point making upto 50% of the population! The story of the rise and blossoming of the Dutch republic (16th and 17th century) cannot be told without diversity. Let’s walk by various religious buildings, explore the cultural influences on architecture and reflect on the places of memory of intercultural dialogue as well as conflict. This history helps us to discuss the often praised culture of tolerance in the context of a world of transnational mobility and trade. Finally there is the story of migration in the 20th century, both forced (in the context of World War Two) and invited (so-called ‘Guestworkers’). 

A minimum of 5 participants is required for the walking tour to take place.

Price: 10 EUR / person, incl. VAT.

 

  

Canal Boat Trip

 

June 18 18:30-19:30

June 19
18:30-19:30

June 20
10:00-11:00

June 20
14:00-15:00

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Leiden Canal Trip
Sail through Leiden and you will experience the historical culture of the city: national monuments, musea and almshouses are all situated near the water. You'll sail past the Weddesteeg, the street where Rembrandt was born. And the Botanical gardens, which date back to 1581. The Hortus Botanicus is part of the University of Leiden, the oldest university in the Netherlands: from the canal you'll get the best view!

Leiden still has two original city gates, one of them being the charming Zijlpoort which dates back to the 16th century. Also, a rich variety of monumental canalside houses, old factories and storage halls are passed. These buildings are characterized by all sorts of gables, such as the stepped gable and Dutch gable. In short: a must see for culture lovers.

Price: 14 EUR per person, including drinks (beer, red/white wine, cola, water).

A minimum of 16 participants are required for the boat tour to take place.

 

 

 

The ISSA Conference and its program is being put together by a team of dedicated people with a variety of backgrounds and expertises along the lines of Early Childhood Development. They are: 

 

 

Program Committee

 

Organizing Committee

       
 

Sanja Brajkovic, Director, Open Academy Step by Step - Croatia

Mihaela Ionescu
, Program Director, ISSA - The Netherlands

Anke van Keulen, Social Pedagogue and Partner, Bureau Mutant - The Netherlands

Chris de Krimpe, Advisor, VBJK - Belgium

Ulviyya Mikailova
, Driector, Center for Innovation in Education - Azerbaijan

Gerda Sula
, Director, Quendra Hap pas Hapi-Step by Step - Albania

Zorica Trikic
, Senior Program Manager, ISSA - The Netherlands

 

 

 

 

Jeroen Aarssen, Early Childhood Education and Care advisor, SARDES - The Netherlands

Mathijs Euwema
, Director, International Child Development Initiatives - The Netherlands

Liana Ghent
, Executive Director, ISSA - The Netherlands

Carolien de Groot
, Director, JES Rijnland - The Netherlands

Eva Izsak
, Membership Officer, ISSA - The Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ISSA Conference is a good place for sharing information about your organizational work. Why not rent a table where you can display your leaflets, resources and other give aways.

The ISSA conference will bring together over 400 early childhood education professionals from around the globe. This event will provide an unmissable opportunity to create new connections and increase the visibility of your organization.

Take the opportunity to display your service offer, products and resources at a display space, conveniently located in the coffee break area near the conference session rooms. Refreshments will be served within the exhibition area, thus ensuring maximum contact between exhibitors and delegates.

Rates:
Early bird rate by May 10, 2019: 400 EUR (incl. 21% VAT)
Full rate: 500 EUR (incl. 21% VAT)

Rate includes:
Rental fee 18 – 19 June 2019
Electricity supply (if requested)
One (1) table with two (2) chairs
One Identification sign

Your company details included in the conference Program among the exhibitors of the conference.

If you are interested in signing up for an exhibition space, please contact Eva Izsak (see contact information below).  

Are there other exhibition options you wish to explore? 
Give us a call at +31 (0) 71 5161 225 or write to Eva Izsak at eizsak@issa.nl to discuss other ideas. We will find the perfect solution for your organization.

 

 

 

Our vision is a society where families, communities and professionals work together to empower each child to reach their unique potential and embrace values of social justice and equity.

We are an international learning community powered by the leading early childhood experts in Europe and Central Asia. We unite and support professionals and partners to deliver high-quality early years services equitably. We challenge existing knowledge and practice and co-construct new approaches and models.


Through our work we advocate for and support competent Early Childhood Systems for all children, especially the most vulnerable. We strive to increase awareness of the importance of Early Childhood Development and of a qualified workforce. As a leading early childhood network and learning community, we promotes quality, equitable and integrated services for children, families and practitioners.


To find out more about ISSA or to join this dynamic learning community, browse the ISSA website.

 

News on the Keynote Speakers will follow soon!