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Working Together for Childhood

The Alliance for Childhood serves as a network that facilitates reflection and action by people with concerns about the care and education of children. It is not a conventional organisation, but an expression of a willingness to work together for the betterment of the experience of childhood. It exists in the shared work and spirit of cooperation whereby all partners can find mutual support. It is a collaborative approach that is created by commitment and by the activity itself.

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Alliance for Childhood International Conference

We are planning an International Conference in São Paulo, Brazil in 2015. The theme will be Courage, Resilience, Creativity. More details will follow.



Facing the Screen Dilemma: Young Children, Technology and Early Education


Co-authored by the Alliance for Childhood, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Teachers resisting Unhealthy Children's Entertainment

This guide is designed to help educators and parents make informed decisions about whether, why, how, and when to use screen technologies with young children. Just because products are marketed as “educational” doesn’t mean they are. How do we best support children’s growth, development, and learning in a world radically changed by technology?

Download your free copy here.

A Facebook page has been set up devoted to discussing the ideas in Facing the Screen Dilemma. 

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Alliance for Childhood European Network

Improving the Quality of Childhood in Europe 2013    New!

This publication consists of talks given by a range of experts to the Working Group on the Quality of Childhood (QoC) at the European Parliament during 2011/2012.

Contributors include Michiel Matthes, Christopher Clouder, Dr Aric Sigman, Professor Dominique Haumont, Professor Luc Zimmermann, Silke Mader, Maria Kaisa Aula, Dr. Martine Delfos, Lea Pulkkinen, Jan van Gils & Jesper Juul. Edited by Belinda Heys, Michiel Matthes & Patrice Sullivan. 

Available as pdf here