Introduction BKK
Bureau Kwaliteit Kinderopvang (BKK) is a non-profit organization in the Netherlands to improve the quality of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). It is founded and governed by the national associations of employers, employees and parents in the field of ECEC. In the period of 2013-2017, BKK is working on the program Quality Impulse, which is commissioned and subsidized by the Dutch government. This program is aligned with the policy agenda from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in consultation with different stakeholders. With the Quality Impulse, BKK will provide and maintain an innovative and effective improvement of ECEC and preservation of continuous professional development. The program should contribute to a healthy and balanced development of all children who attend ECEC in the Netherlands, aimed at center-based childcare as well as home-based childcare.
In order to realize this important and prestigious goal, BKK is facilitating in-service professional development programs, the development of a broad integral quality framework by an independent committee and translating it to the workforce. In addition, BKK is asking the field for their opinion on quality issues and is initiating academic research. The ultimate goal of BKK with the Quality Impulse is to support childcare providers to independently measure and guarantee their quality of early childhood practice, and to make their quality results transparent.

Introduction Peer Learning Activity 2017 
BKK organizes an international Peer Learning Activity for directors of (semi)private childcare provisions. The main goal of the PLA is to learn from each other, by discussing questions in the area of strategic value of pedagogical quality. Questions like ‘why work on quality and why measuring it’, ‘how and whom to show what quality our organization delivers’ will be addressed. The strategic value of pedagogical quality is wide: it can be seen in relation to customers (parents and children), local and national government, company’s and inspection.

The importance of strategic value of pedagogical qualityplaatje
The scheme (in Dutch, translation below) has the subject in the center and shows the place and importance of it, being influenced by different forces.
(Translation, starting above, clockwise: ouders/klanten klantbelofte means parents and the pedagogical promise that child care provisions make. Transparantie en lobby means transparency and lobby. Toezicht/inspectie means supervision and inspection. Economie/bedrijven means economy and organizations. Richting organisatie means towards the provision itself.)

Description of the PLA
The PLA exist of a two-days meeting in Romania 14 and 15 November 2017, where Step by Step will be the host. One or more speakers will talk about the strategic value of pedagogical quality. There will be enough time for peer learning in smaller sessions. Hopefully a visit to local provision(s) will be part of the program. A report of the meeting will be made, so others can benefit from the results too.

The participants of the PLA are about 20 directors of childcare provisions from different countries. A moderate to good level of English speaking is necessary, so communicating will be easy. They are managers of (semi-)private organizations, with (partial) non-governmental funding, so the organizations are in this sense comparable.

Practical information
Date: Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 November 2017
Location: Romania, Bukarest
Costs: the meeting itself is free, costs like flight, hotel will be for the participants.
Subscription can be done by sending an email to Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken.. If there are too many participants (max 5 per country / max 25 total) a selection will be made.
This PLA is in association with ISSA.

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