INTESYS - Project Description

INTESYS is a three year (November 2015 – October 2018) Forward Looking Cooperation Project co-funded by the European Commission's Erasmus+ Programme undertaken by a consortium of partners (see below). The project focuses on piloting new approaches to Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) systems in Europe with a view to ensuring that children and families in vulnerable situations have access to high quality ECEC provided by services that are better integrated across the different sectors (education, health, welfare, etc.), professions and across age groups and governance levels.
There is growing evidence about the importance of the early years in an individual’s life and of the benefits that quality and equitable early childhood services bring to children and families, especially to those in the most vulnerable situations. The complexity of the challenges that societies are facing today have a dramatic impact on families and consequently on young children: increasing poverty, weakening welfare systems, increasing inequalities, job insecurity, increased mobility and migration, and rapid change in economic and political landscapes. Multifaceted problems require multiple as well as aligned and well-coordinated interventions. Poverty, discrimination and increasing inequalities need to be addressed in an integrated manner in order to bring about qualitative and quantitative change. High quality integrated ECEC services are key to improving children's learning outcomes in absolute terms and relative to other groups.

Find out more about the partners by clicking on their logos below.
Find out more about the project's main objectives and activities. See menu. Reports to date - survey tools, local mapping reports, literature review and European survey - can all be downloaded. See menu.

You can also download the draft version of the Toolkit that is being developed by the project to provide a common ground for the four pilot countries to work towards fostering integration within their ECEC systems. It is intended to be an inspiring and versatile resource for the partners in supporting the activities in the pilots, while being responsive to specific country and local contexts.