Publications & Reports

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

Early Childhood Matters 2016

Early Childhood Matters 2016

The 2016 edition of Early Childhood Matters features contributions from UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake; WHO Assistant Director General Flavia Bustreo; Alice Albright and colleagues at the Global Partnership for… Read more

Annual Report 2015

Bernard van Leer Foundation - Annual Report 2015

This edition of the Bernard van Leer Foundation's Annual Report shares highlights from our work in 2015 and explains the thought processes that led us to the three new solution… Read more

The State of Young Children in Israel 2015

The State of Young Children in Israel 2015

Prepared by the Israel National Council for the Child, this report presents data on children aged 0-6 in Israel - such as parental religion, poverty rates, kindergarten attendance, immunisation, and… Read more

Invest in young children

Invest in Young Children - national conference India - January 2016

This report summarises a two-day national conference held in Gopalpur in Odisha, India, in January 2016. Policy-makers, researchers and practitioners discussed strategies to scale up the implementation of mother tongue… Read more

A good start: advances in early childhood development

Publication ECM124 A Good Start: advances in early childhood development

A special issue to mark the 50th anniversary of the Bernard van Leer Foundation's first grant in early childhood, this edition of ECM surveys the state of the early childhood… Read more

Counting on Quality: Measuring and Improving Quality in Early Childhood Environments

Publication Report Counting on Quality: Measuring and Improving Quality in Early Childhood Environments

This is a report on the International Consultation convened in Leiden, the Netherlands, in September 2014. To protect children’s rights and promote their development, quality in early childhood settings is… Read more

Small Children, Big Cities: Impact through design intervention

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This is a report on the national conference ‘Small Children, Big Cities: Building Smart Child-Friendly Cities for 21st-century India’, held on 28 and 29 November 2014 in New Delhi, India. Read more

Annual Report 2014

Publication Annual Report 2014

As the Bernard van Leer Foundation approaches the halfway point of its ten-year strategic plan, the Annual Report for 2014 shares facts, figures, lessons learned and stories detailing the progress… Read more

Small children, big cities

Publication ECM123 Small Children, Big Cities

With the world rapidly urbanising, more and more childhoods are being lived in big cities. This ECM explores issues ranging from playground design, "public parenting", and children's voices in urban… Read more

Steps for Engaging Young Children in Research - Volume 2: The Researcher Toolkit

Steps for Engaging Young Children in Research Volume 2: The Researcher Toolkit - Bernard van Leer Foundation

Steps for Engaging Young Children in Research is a comprehensive resource developed for academics and practitioner researchers wanting to include the perspectives of young children in their research. This is… Read more