Projects
Project
National Early Childhood Education and Care Quality Monitoring 01.05.2017 to 30.04.2026
General project description

A consortium of Utrecht University and Sardes Ltd has been commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment to conduct research to monitor the pedagogical quality of different types of child care provision and developments therein. The new study continues the study by the Dutch Consortium for Child Care Quality Research (NCKO) of the past years and uses partly the same measurement instruments. New instruments are added to address recent developments in the child care sector. New is also the inclusion of non-familial home based care by 'host parents' in the quality monitor. Each year, a nationally representative sample of child groups and caregivers in center-based child daycare, playgroup centers, preschools, and after school care centers will be studied through standard observations and interviews. In addition, families providing non-familial home based care will be sampled each year and similar observation and interview procedures will be applied. Over the years, an increasingly reliable and representative picture will emerge of child care quality in the Netherlands. Moreover, the annual measurements allow for the early detection of trends in child care quality. The study runs until April 2026.

Role
Researcher
Funding
External funding The study is commissioned by the Minstry of Social Affairs and Employment; subsidy 4 million euro
External project members
  • IJsbrand Jepma
  • Paulien Muller
Completed Projects
Project
ISOTIS - Inclusive Education and Social Support to Tackle Inequalities in Society 01.10.2016 to 31.12.2019
General project description

ISOTIS addresses the nature, causes and impact of early emerging social and educational inequalities in the context of socioeconomic, cultural and institutional processes. Quasi-panels and pooled longitudinal datasets will be used to examine the variation in early educational gaps and developmental trajectories across countries, education systems and time. To disentangle the complex interactions between characteristics of systems and target groups, ISOTIS will study significant immigrant, indigenous ethnic-cultural and low-income native groups, associated with persistent educational disadvantages. ISOTIS will examine current resources, experiences, aspirations, needs and well-being of children and parents in these groups in the context of acculturation and integration, and in relation to local and national policies. ISOTIS aims to contribute to effective policy and practice development by generating recommendations and concrete tools for: (1) supporting disadvantaged families and communities in using their own cultural and linguistic resources to create safe and stimulating home environments for their children; (2) creating effective and inclusive pedagogies in early childhood education and care centres and primary schools, including multilingual support; (3) professionalization of staff, centres and schools to improve quality and inclusiveness; and (4) establishing inter-agency coordination of support services to children and families.

Role
Researcher
Funding
EU grant Granted within the Horizon 2020 program: 5 million euro