The latest news about the Bernard van Leer Foundation, our partners and the issues we work on.

London becomes the classroom for the Urban95 Academy residence week

Published July 5, 2022

In May 2022, 27 committed city officials from 10 cities arrived in London to take part in five intensive days of in-person teaching, workshops and site visits during the Urban95… Read more

How cities can create “Naturalised Parks” – a guide from Brazil

Published June 24, 2022

Creating more green play spaces is a win-win for cities, benefiting both children’s development and cities’ adaptation to climate change. The Alana Institute, in partnership with Urban95 Brazil, has produced… Read more

Second cohort of the Urban95 Academy trains 40 cities

Published June 15, 2022

After a successful first edition, the second cohort of the Urban95 Academy has kicked off training over 100 city officials from 40 different cities. Read more

Hiring: Junior Communications Consultant (CLOSED)

Published June 14, 2022

To support our communications strategy, we are looking for a temporary junior communications consultant, supporting the implementation of key projects around social media storytelling, transitioning to a new corporate website… Read more

Brazil’s Urban95 Network gathers in the ‘Capital of Early Childhood’ Boa Vista

Published June 13, 2022

After almost two years of collective action and numerous virtual exchanges, representatives from 23 of the 24 cities that make up the Urban95 Network in Brazil gathered for their first… Read more

“Baby library” project opens in Recife

Published May 10, 2022

The Brazilian city of Recife has opened three new “Bebetecas” – baby libraries, containing books, toys and materials to stimulate the creativity and curiosity of infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers, with… Read more

Report looks at how India’s lockdown affected early years services

Published April 28, 2022

India’s 2020 Covid lockdown shut schools, creches, Anganwadi centres, parks and playgrounds. What were the impacts on young children, their caregivers and frontline workers, and what can be learned for… Read more

Read about the Foundation’s work in 2021

Published April 25, 2022

Available in an interactive format, the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Annual Report 2021 shares powerful stories about how we supported scaling policies and programmes that impact the wellbeing of babies,… Read more

Hiring: apply to be our Impact Analyst (closed)

Published April 4, 2022

For our office in The Hague, the Netherlands, we are looking for an Impact Analyst who will work closely with our Lead Learning to Scale to contribute to impact analysis… Read more

Abu Dhabi’s inaugural WED Forum discusses children and tech

Published March 28, 2022

Technology and the early years was the theme of the inaugural World Early Childhood Development (WED) Forum held over two days at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi in March 2022. The… Read more