The latest news about the Bernard van Leer Foundation, our partners and the issues we work on.

Early Childhood Matters articles translated into 13 languages

Published May 18, 2021

Members of the International Step by Step Association (ISSA) have translated selected articles from the 2020 edition of Early Childhood Matters into 13 languages spoken in countries across Europe and… Read more

New guidance for cities on cycling for babies, toddlers and caregivers

Published May 5, 2021

Cycling Cities for Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers is a new publication of BYCS, an Amsterdam-based social enterprise, and the Bernard van Leer Foundation. The 37-page paper sets out the benefits… Read more

Research tells the stories of caregiver experiences in Pune and Istanbul

Published April 26, 2021

Supporting urban childhoods explores caregiver use of public spaces in Pune (India) and Istanbul (Turkey). Using observation as the primary tool, it contains spatial knowledge on how young children and… Read more

Read about the Foundation’s work in 2020

Published April 20, 2021
Annual Report 2020 online now

Available in a new online format, the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Annual Report 2020 features stories from our work – including how we adapted to support the needs of infants,… Read more

New partnership launched with Addis Ababa

Published March 30, 2021
Children: The Future Hope of Addis Ababa

Earlier this week the city government of Addis Ababa formally launched a new early years initiative – Children: The Future Hope of Addis Ababa – in partnership with the Bernard… Read more

New publication launched with Arup: The Proximity of Care Design Guide

Published March 22, 2021

Last week the Bernard van Leer Foundation and Arup launched the Proximity of Care Design Guide, developed to support the design and implementation of cost-effective interventions that improve the living… Read more

Hiring: apply to be our Early Childhood Development Specialist (CLOSED)

Published March 16, 2021

We are seeking a passion-driven and motivated Early Childhood Development (ECD) Specialist to join our Knowledge for Policy team. The ECD Specialist will provide advice, support and technical assistance to… Read more

Urban95 begins scaling in Israel with launch in Tira and Beit Shemesh

Published March 9, 2021

Last week we launched an Urban95 programme in a new city in Israel – Tira, a predominantly Muslim city located 30km north-east of Tel Aviv, with population of 27,000. We… Read more

Urban Playground – a new book by Tim Gill

Published March 2, 2021

Last week we hosted a virtual book launch for Urban Playground: How child-friendly planning and design can save cities. The author, Tim Gill, is an independent scholar and advocate on… Read more

India's Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge selects first 25 cities

Published February 19, 2021
Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge - 25 selected cities

A first cohort of 25 cities have been chosen from the 63 that participated in the Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge, a nationwide scale-up of our Urban95 work in India in partnership… Read more