VBJK (1986), Centre for Innovation in the Early Years, is a research centre with activities in action research, advocacy, pedagogical guidance and coaching and the production of training tools and magazines. The centre is committed to support parents and educators, on a scientifically based manner, in children’s education in the family, in school and in all childcare settings. VBJK considers these all to be complementary and equally valuable educational environments. It promotes educating children within a vision of empowerment and solidarity and with respect for children’s rights and diversity among families.
The centre works on ECEC projects on the local, national and international level and cooperates in networks such as ISSA and Children in Europe. Recurring themes in VBJK’s work are: diversity and inclusion, accessibility, professionalization, quality and participation. VBJK strongly believes in the benefits of high quality ECEC, serving a well-balanced combination of its pedagogical, social and economical function.
VBJK’s view on parental involvement starts with the recognition that parents are the first educators of their children and therefore a partner in ECEC. Combining the knowledge and the experiences of parents with the knowledge of staff is essential in serving the best interests and needs of the children and constitutes a fundamental element of ECEC quality. VBJK has a long standing tradition of focusing on diverse working methods and implementations to give parents a strong feeling of being welcome and appreciated, of being allowed to be who they are, of having a place and adding meaning to ECEC.