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.

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

Steps for Engaging Young Children in Research - Volume 1: The Guide

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

Responsive parenting: a strategy to prevent violence

Publication ECM122 Responsive Parenting: a strategy to prevent violence

This edition of Early Childhood Matters addresses responsive parenting and its potential to reduce the incidence of violence against young children. Read more

Research: domestic violence against children aged 0-8 years in Turkey

In 2013, the Bernard van Leer Foundation supported Boğaziçi University, Humanist Bureau and Frekans Research to conduct a national scale survey on domestic violence against children aged 0-8 years in… Read more

Children of seasonal migrant workers

Publication ECM121 Children of seasonal migrant workers

This issue of Early Childhood Matters focuses on an almost invisible population - people who migrate seasonally in search of work, and their children. Often they live in poor quality… Read more

The Right to Play

Publication ECIF9 The Right to Play

'The Right to Play' offers short summaries of theory, research and policy issues that can inform the implementation of Article 31 of the UN Convention on Children's Rights. Section 1… Read more

Learning from Experience

Publication RRP1 Learning from Experience

The Foundation funded an independent evaluation to examine the impact that it had made in young children’s lives in four countries: Kenya, Colombia, Poland and Germany. This report shares the… Read more

Learning begins early

Publication ECM120 Learning begins early

By the time most kids start preschool, aged around 3, the most important building blocks for learning have already been put in place. That’s why this edition of Early Childhood… Read more

Community violence and young children: making space for hope

Publication ECM119 Community Violence and young children: making space for hope

This edition of Early Childhood Matters looks at the effects of community violence on young children. Articles explore the idea that violence shoud be thought of as a public health… Read more

Healthy Environments

Publication ECIF8 Healthy Environments

Textbooks typically give much less attention to the physical environment in which children grow up than to their social environment, yet the physical environment is intimately linked to growth and… Read more