Read the selected insights, thoughts and experiences of our staff and partners.

Why clean air is vital for babies and toddlers, and society as a whole

Published October 18, 2021

If you could experience your city from an elevation of 95 cm – the average height of a three-year-old – what would you change? This is an important mental exercise… Read more

The critical link between early childhood development and a parent's mental health

Published October 10, 2021

The mental health of mothers, fathers and other caregivers is critical for a child's development, especially in the earliest years. From birth to age 3, the brain develops more rapidly… Read more

Discover my world by bike

Published August 9, 2021

I have been a cycling activist for eight years. For the last three of those years I have also been a mother, and enjoyed riding a bike with my daughter… Read more

10 design elements help women to make informed breastfeeding decisions

Published April 30, 2021

The World Health Organization advises mothers to exclusively breastfeed their newborn babies for at least 6 months. In the Netherlands, a recent assessment of breastfeeding practices showed that 69% of… Read more

Happy Child Programme is well perceived in Brazil, despite COVID-19 pandemic

Published February 9, 2021

Despite the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Happy Child Programme (Criança Feliz) is positively perceived by Brazilian caregivers, who continue to be supported by the initiative via visits… Read more

The Netherlands is ready for a reset of the childcare system

Published January 26, 2021

The last word has not yet been said about the childcare system in the Netherlands. Elections are approaching and many political parties are proposing significant change, from completely free and… Read more

Support women for better early childhood development outcomes

Published December 22, 2020

Psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott once said: “There is no such thing as a baby... There is a baby and someone.” What he meant was that babies do not exist in isolation. Read more

How can our cities be better prepared for epidemics?

Published September 25, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to rethink economies, delivery of social benefits, business models, and even the way we work and live. It is time to think about how… Read more

We must prevent a post-COVID 'carmageddon'. Here's how

Published September 7, 2020

We live in turbulent times. The gap between the world we want and the world we see feels simultaneously closer and more distant. COVID-19 represents an unparalleled global public health… Read more

What have our 50 years of experience in Early Childhood taught us about scaling?

Published August 14, 2020

A few ideas and lessons learned from Bernard van Leer Foundation’s experience. Read more