Partners

Partners in the UK

Staffordshire County Council is rural local authority. The Early Years and Childcare service (EYCS) within the Local Authority is responsible for all Early Years services and works with all types of providers by providing advice, challenge, support and guidance to ensure a quality integrated service to children aged 0 – 5 (via the Early Years Foundation Stage documentation) and 5 -19 (before and after school and holiday play schemes).

  • Contact: Anne Cummins, Head of Early Years and Childcare, anne.cummins@staffordshire.gov.uk
  • Role in the project: The Early Years and Childcare service is the co-ordinating partner in the project for the UK region.
  • Address: Early Years and Childcare
    Wedgwood Building, Tipping Street
    ST16 2DH Stafford
  • Tel.: +44 1785 278695
  • Website: http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/

Stafford Children’s Centre is an integrated centre which caters for children and their families from pre-birth to five. The services include ante-natal and post-natal services; parenting and family support; groups for young children and their parents; a nursery, which provides early support for local childminders; education and day care; adult education and training; outreach services; links to employment services

  • Contact: Anette Whitehouse, Head of Stafford Children’s Centre Anette.whitehouse@staffordshire.gov.uk
  • Role in the project: The Children’s Centre compares the different systems of child care in the UK and Flanders and has exchanged members of its staff and hosted staff from Antwerp and Brussels
  • Staff engaged in the exchanges: Helga Lloyd, Senior Educarer; Laura Gibbons, Senior Educarer; Lynda Hartshorn, Senior Family Link Worker; Danielle Ash, Level 3 Educarer
  • Address:
    Stafford Children’s Centre
    ST16 SNQ Stafford
  • Tel.: +44 1785 854700
  • Website: http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/childcare…

The Centre for Research in Early Childhood is a registered charity (CREC). It promotes and carries out for the public benefit research into issues relevant to early childhood provision and publishes and disseminates the useful results of such research. It does this by advocacy, advice and information and by sponsoring or undertaking research. CREC is independent and self-financing but has links with three major Midlands Universities, Birmingham University, Birmingham City University and Wolverhampton University.

  • Contact: Professor Christine Pascal, drchrispascal@crec.co.uk, Tony Bartram
  • Role in the project: CREC is a partner organisation and will give advice during the development of the products arising from the project.
  • Address: CREC
    Charitable Trust Reg. No 1121861
    ST Thomas Children’s Centre, Bell Barn Road, Attwood Green
    B15 2AF Birmingham
  • Tel.: +44 121 464 0020
  • Website: http://www.crec.co.uk/

Partners in Flanders

The Childcare Department of the City of Antwerp is responsible for the coordination of child care services in Antwerp, Belgium’s second biggest city. It has 36 city nurseries and a service for informal child carers. Two of the city’s nurseries take part in the EYE project.

  • Contact: Gert Nielandt, Head of Early Years and Childcare, gert.nielandt@stad.antwerpen.be
  • Role in the project: The Childcare Department of the City of Antwerp is the administrative and financial coordinator of the project for Flanders. It hosts partner meetings, acts as a host for the second conference on Child Care (nov 2011), sends out staff from the city nurseries and receives UK staff in Antwerp.
  • Address: Grote Markt 1 | 2000 Antwerpen
  • Offices: Francis Wellesplein 1 | 2018 Antwerpen
  • Tel.: + 32 3 338 33 13
  • Website: www.antwerpen.be/kinderopvang

Children’s Day Care Centre De Duveltjes is a small centre (capacity 28 children), with two groups of children. (0-16 months, 16-36 months). It aims to provide a safe and professional environment in which children feel taken care of and are stimulated in order to grow and develop fully.

  • Contact: Kattie Wuyts, head of the Day Care Centre, kattie.wuyts@stad.Antwerpen.be
  • Role in the project: The Day Care Centre has exchanged members of its staff and hosted staff from Stafford Children’s Centre in order to observe and exchange good practice.
  • Staff engaged in the exchanges: Ann Van den Bosch, educarer
  • Address: Stedelijk Kinderdagverblijf De Duveltjes
    Sint-Joannes Berchmansstraat 15-17
    2170 Merksem
  • Tel.: +32 3 644 57 65
  • Websitewww.antwerpen.be/kinderopvang

Children’s Day Care Centre Kadee is a big centre (capacity ca 123 children) for children from 0 to 3 years. It aims to provide a safe and professional environment in which children feel taken care of and are stimulated to grow and develop optimally.

  • Contact: Katleen Verdoodt, head of the Day Care Centre, Katleen.verdoodt@stad.antwerpen
  • Role in the project: Children’s Day Care Centre Kadee acts as a host for staff from the UK and sends out staff to Staffordshire for observation and job shadowing visits.
  • Staff engaged in the exchanges: Els Fontyn, educarer
  • Address: Stedelijk Kinderdagverblijf Kadee
    Jan Frans Van de Gaerstraat 56
    2020 Antwerp
  • Tel.: + 32 3 292 68 80
  • Websitewww.antwerpen.be/kinderopvang

GO! onderwijs van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap
GO! (or Flemish Community Education) acts as the organising power for schools belonging to the official education network in Flanders & Brussels. During the school year 2007-2008, 33.278 pre-school children were enrolled in GO! schools. From the age of 3 months up to 30 months they can go to a nursery. The nursery provides a safe haven where children can grow at their own pace. Once a child has reached the age of 2,5 years, it can go to pre-school kindergarten. In GO! pre-school kindergartens, the curriculum is adjusted so that every individual child can be given the approach and support it deserves. Even at this very early age, children are trained in linguistic skills. Thus they can develop a good level of verbal communication and therefore have equal educational chances before going to primary school. A GO! primary school and a nursery, both in Brussels, are partners in the project.

  • Contact: Veerle De Troyer, Internationalisation Department GO!, veerle.de.troyer@g-o.be and Heidi Desmet, head of Early Years at GO! Heidi.desmet@g-o.be
  • Role in the project: GO! is the content coordinator of the project for Flanders.It organizes partner meetings, has organized one conference on Child Care (Nov 2010) and was co-organizer with the City of Antwerp of the second conference on Child Care (Nov 2011); GO! sends out staff from its nurseries, acts as host for UK staff in Brussels, sets up a web tool for sharing and exchanging information, creates dissemination materials for the project and will set up a Comenius in-service training course on Early Years Good Practice.
  • Address: GO! onderwijs van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap
    Emile Jacqmainlaan 20
    B-1000 Brussels
  • Tel.: + 32 2 790 96 61
  • Website: www.g-o.be/kinderopvang

Basisschool Unescoschool Koekelberg is a GO! school offering both pre-school kindergarten (aged 2,5yrs to 6 yrs) and primary education (aged 6 to 12 yrs old) and is situated in Koekelberg (Brussels). It is a medium size school which works in a more residential part of the European capital and has children form very diverse backgrounds speaking quite some different languages at home.

  • Contact: Bénédicte Sténier, Head of school, benedicte.stenier@unescoschool.be
  • Role in the project: the Unescoschool forms a critical partner within the project as it gives the partners the opportunity of exploring the three lines of enquiry within pre-school kindergarten in Flanders and compare it to pre-school kindergarten in the UK. The project partners from the UK observe here the three elements of enquiry in the transition between nursery and pre-school kindergarten. Staff engaged in the exchanges: Bénédicte Stenier, Principal and Sabine Meert, pre-primary school teacher.
  • Staff engaged in the exchanges: Bénédicte Sténier, Pricipal and Sabine Meert, pre-primary school teacher.
  • Address: Basisschool Unescoschool Koekelberg
    Kasteellaan 65
    1081 Brussels
  • Tel.: +32 2 468 16 16
  • Website: www.unescoschool.be

Day Care Centre ‘t Folieke
‘t Folieke is a newly (since September 2008) established child care centre situated in the historic heart of Brussels. It can host up to 23 babies and toddlers from the age of 3 months up to 30 months. The children have a very diverse ethnic background and thus reflect the multi-ethnic character of the city centre.

  • Contact: Anne Moisson, Quality coordinator of GO! nurseries in Brussels, anne.moisson@g-o.be
  • Role in the project: ’t Folieke as a partner actively contributes to the project’s products: it exchanges staff and present its practice through power point presentations, exchange of pictures, … ‘t Folieke is particularly interested in the transition from nursery to pre-school kindergarten and stimulating early language acquisition.
  • Staff engaged in the exchanges: Anne Moisson, Quality coordinator; Wendy Brouckmans, senior educarer; Gerda Calders, principal of primary schools GO! in Brussels
  • Address: Kinderdagverblijf ’t Folieke (Gibbon vzw)
    Kogelstraat 25
    1000 Brussels
  • Tel.: +32 2 514 70 32