Publications & Reports

Browse editions of our journal, Early Childhood Matters, and our Early Childhood in Focus series, along with other selected publications and reports. All are free to download or read online.

Scaling partnerships: Case studies

We have commissioned a series of case studies on our partnerships exploring ways to take services for babies, toddlers and caregivers to scale. Ten case studies, by Princeton and RAND,… Read more

Playground ideas for 0-3 years

Playground ideas for 0-3 years

Available in English and Turkish as part of the Istanbul95 programme, this new guide shares practical ideas for designing playgrounds that work for children aged 0-3 and their caregivers. It… Read more

An Urban95 Starter Kit - ideas for action

Based on knowledge gathered from Urban95 initiatives across the world, this Urban95 Starter Kit serves as a starting point to help cities understand the importance of investing in their youngest… Read more

Early Childhood Matters 2019

Early Childhood Matters 2019

Anyone working to make life better for babies, toddlers and their caregivers will find knowledge and inspiration in this 2019 edition of Early Childhood Matters. Authors of the 32 articles… Read more

The City at Eye Level for Kids

The City at Eye Level for Kids

The City at Eye Level develops and shares knowledge about how to make urban development work at human scale. A collaboration with the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Urban95 initiative, this… Read more

Urban95 Virtual Reality

Urban95 Virtual Reality - Bernard van Leer Foundation

Urban design and planning have a big role to play in shaping the early years of a child’s life, which are vital for their long-term health and development. But few… Read more

Infant, Toddler, Caregiver-Friendly Neighbourhood (ITCN) Framework and Guidelines

What can cities do to nurture positive early experiences and protect against negative ones? How can neighbourhoods and therefore cities support parents to talk and play with children? How can… Read more

Spotlight on the Many Voices of the Early Childhood Workforce - Solutions Summit Report

This report summarises the insights gained from the Solutions Summit and brings together the concrete solutions to real-world challenges facing the early childhood workforce that were co-created by the attendees. Read more

Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2018

The Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Annual Report 2018 contains a foreword from the Chair of the Board of Trustees, message from the Executive Director, selected updates from around the world… Read more

Informing design and implementation for early child development programmes

Informing design and implementation for early child development programmes

There is global interest in early childhood development, especially following the launch of Nurturing Care Framework in 2018, which sets out the dream to reach every child, everywhere, and give… Read more