WEBINAR: “Integrating early years services: a spotlight on the workforce”

You can still register for this webinar which proposes to discuss the following statements:

  • Research indicates that the integration of services at a managerial level does not always ensure the effectiveness of professionals working together on the frontline.
  • Working in an integrated low-threshold way for ‘hard-to-reach’ families requires different attitudes and values of professionals: the old ‘expert’ way (including paternalistic attitudes) will need to make way for a more enabling, welcoming, participative and inclusive work attitude. Parents/carers and children should receive the services they actually deserve/want, not what professionals think they deserve/want. This will make the services more accessible as well and will make people more motivated to work together.
  • There is mixed evidence for the importance of co-location as a key driver for integration. While studies have asserted that co-location is necessary, others have reported this is not always the case. Co-location may even have undesirable side-effects, for example in terms of socially selective access.
  • Developing competent practices cannot be considered as the sole responsibility of individual practitioners but is a joint effort that involves teams, training centres, local administrative institutions and nongovernmental bodies, as well as national and/or regional governance systems that provide the conditions for staff development. Successful initiatives are characterised by a coherent policy on institutional and inter-institutional levels.


  • Giulia Cortellesi, Senior Programme Manager, Early Years Team, International Child Development Initiatives (ICDI), Leiden, The Netherlands 


  • Jacqueline Barnes, Director of Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, Birbeck University of London, UK  
  • Jan Peeters, Director of VBJK, Centre for Innovation in the Early Years at Ghent University, Belgium 

You can register here!