#7 Pre-conference Workshop: From hard to reach Families to Easy to reach Services

From hard to reach Families to Easy to reach Services

Offered by ICDI - International Childhood Development Initiatives & JES Rijnland (the Netherlands)



Hosts: ICDI – JES Rijnland

Date: June 17, 2019
Time: From 9.30 to 13.00
Location: Leiden




Increasing accessibility to services to support all families with young children and especially vulnerable ones, is a pillar of inclusive and universal high quality early childhood education and care (ECEC). This is still a challenge in many contexts. During this half-day pre-conference workshop, titled ‘From hard to reach families to easy to reach services’ we aim to present, explore and discuss some very promising practices that were successful in increasing accessibility and inclusiveness.


The workshop aims to facilitate shared learning and exchange on note-worthy practices when working positively and respectfully with ‘hard to reach’ families and communities, with the ultimate goal to support child development and well-being.


The focus is on two pioneering approaches to working with families with young children who may be marginalised. These are firstly, the award-winning TOY for Inclusion approach, which is designed to address educational segregation and social exclusion of young children and their families (especially those with a minority or migrant background) in seven European countries and secondly, the approach developed by JES Rijnland, in cooperation with Leiden Public Health Service to support families with young children in the Leiden region who face challenges in thriving or feeling ‘at home’ in ECEC and school services.


The objective is to discuss the key features of both approaches, their commonalities and how they may be applied in other contexts. Interactive discussion methods will be used in order to stimulate the exchange of ideas.


The theme

The theme of this workshop was chosen in order to highlight practices and approaches in community-based non-formal Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) that have proven effective in: building bridges between families and ECEC services; building trust between families of different backgrounds; supporting interaction and learning across all generations including older adults in the community; providing a community space for inter-agency cooperation between early years services.




This workshop welcomes particularly representatives from policy and practice. All those who wish to learn more about community based ECEC approaches, which prioritise local leadership and participation, diversity, equity and inclusion in ECEC and interagency cooperation are invited to register for this workshop.



During interactives sessions, there will be presentations by Giulia Cortellesi of the International Child Development Initiatives, coordinator TOY for Inclusion (www.toy4inclusion.eu). Co-presenting are Nicoline Hoos from JES Rijnland, Marianne Bontje from public health service GGD Leiden. All presenting organizations are from the Netherlands.


Practical Information

This workshop is offered free of charge to participants in the ISSA Conference 2019. Lunch and coffee breaks will be served. Participants will be charged a small fee of 15 euro to cover catering costs.



Visit the registration page to reserve your place at this pre-conference event.  This event has a limited number of seats. To make sure you reserve your seat, register as soon as possible.




News on the Keynote Speakers will follow soon!