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.

Making a Joyful Noise: The Potential Role of Music Making in the Well-Being of Young Families

Music supports family well-being especially when made or enjoyed together. This report highlights the value, impact and scaling potential of music and sustainable music interventions/programmes throughout the world. … Read more

Annual Report 2019

annual_report_2019_cover

The Bernard van Leer Foundation’s 2019 Annual Report is now available online. For the first time, the Annual Report 2019 also contains an overview in Arabic, Dutch, French, Hebrew, Portuguese,… Read more

Turkish Nutrition Guide for Pregnant Women, Newborns and Babies

In this seven-part Nutrition Guide for Pregnant Women, Newborns and Babies, chef Seda Sümer and expert nutritionists Beyhan Göksan Bulgurlu and Muge Safak share practical, low-cost recipes and advice for healthy eating. Read more

Young Children and Families in Crisis and Displacement: Selected Articles from our Early Childhood Matters publication

View our Early Childhood Matters publications from 2009–2019 on our Early Childhood Matters microsite. This is a collection of articles specifically dedicated to young children and families affected by crisis… Read more

Emerging Early Childhood Inequality: Poverty and Future Academic Achievement

Emerging Early Childhood Inequality: Poverty and Future Academic Achievement - Research Report

Economic inequality in Israel is among the highest in the OECD countries, and there are also high levels of inequality in educational outcomes. In this research paper, Dana Vaknin, Professor… Read more

Playground ideas for 0-3 years

Playground ideas for 0-3 years

Available in English, Turkish and Portuguese 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. 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