Centre of Expertise Urban Vitality

Interprofessional cooperation between childcare and education in four European cities


This international, comparative, multiple-case study investigates the interprofessional cooperation between primary education and out-of-school hours care at four sites in four European cities (Aarhus, Denmark; Berlin, Germany; The Hague, Netherlands; and Stockholm, Sweden). Social network analysis is used to map the one-to-one relationships between the professionals involved in education and childcare organisations.

The density of the four networks and the mutuality of the professional contacts reveal striking differences. Significant differences were also found with regard to the satisfaction of those concerned with regard to the current forms of cooperation. The four sites addressed in the study vary considerably and cover practically the entire continuum from strictly separated sectors to fully integrated cooperation, as distinguished in the theoretical model developed by Boon and colleagues (2004). The results are discussed with reference to effective cooperation between childcare and education.

Reference Fukkink, R. G., & Ploeger, S. (2021). Interprofessional cooperation between childcare and education in four European cities. Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Centre of Expertise Urban Education. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.16820.37766
Published by  Kenniscentrum Onderwijs en Opvoeding 1 January 2021

Publication date

Jan 2021


Sigrid Ploeger


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