Interprofessional collaboration between childcare services and primary schools in the Netherlands

Trynke Keuning, R. Verheijen-Tiemstra, Wenckje Jongstra, René Peeters

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In the Netherlands, childcare and primary schools are governed by two different systems of two ministries, and although these institutes are usually located nearby, there always have been low levels of cohesion with respect to institute-to-institute collaboration. However currently, there is a national trend in enhancing interprofessional collaboration (IPC) with the aim of inclusion and equity. This study focuses on getting insight into the differences in intensity of collaboration and how IPC is organized. A two-dimensional Child Centre Integration Model which accounts for the variations in the degree of IPC in child centres and gives insight into IPC at different levels and into conditions for intensifying IPC is presented. That Dutch education and childcare systems do not connect with each other is seen to be an important cause of the failure or complication of IPC. Because the systems do not connect at the macro level, we see struggles in the necessary normative dimension due to status differences (i.e., inequality between employees) and differences in funding and autonomy. Differences between public (education) and private (childcare) institutions also lead to difficulties when it comes to fostering closer collaboration. This chapter ends with key lessons for practice and policy, including the suggestion that one strong ministry for child affairs, including education and childcare, which stimulates an unambitious course at national level, is required. This course can then be translated at regional and local levels.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSchool-to-school collaboration
Subtitle of host publicationLearning across international Ccontexts
EditorsPaul Wilfred Armstrong, Chris Brown
PublisherEmerald Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-80043-668-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-80043-669-5, 978-1-80043-668-8
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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