Young Roma children and their families

Young Roma children and their families

Young Roma children have an equal right to thrive. The fulfilment of this right calls for urgent and comprehensive measures and coordinated public investment. However, there is general concern about how effective Roma inclusion policy measures are at the European level.

Developed by the First Years, First Priority Campaign, this Thematic Paper includes:

. Key findings from the REYN Early Childhood Research Study and key recommendations at the EU and country level

. Snapshot of mainstream and targeted EU policies related to young Roma children

. Examples of national policies and programmes in Bulgaria, France,  Hungary, Serbia and Spain

. Key priorities for unlocking young Roma children’s potential

 

Bilingual visual dictionary ‘Lacho dive! Sar San?’

Recognizing the importance of the child’s first language in learning processes and settings, and especially for children from vulnerable groups like the Roma, REYN Croatia has created this visual dictionary to support multilingualism in early childhood care and education services.

In Croatia, a large number of Roma children speak the Romani Chhib language, and this attractive illustrated dictionary with colourful scenes is for them, their families and communities as well as practitioners in the upbringing, education and care system who work with Roma young children for their language development.

This resource has been produced with the support of the REYN initiative.

REYN Early Childhood Research Study

The European REYN Early Childhood Research Study (the REYN Study) provides an examination of the status of young Roma children and their families across Europe. It offers a comprehensive understanding of the multi-layered and intersectional nature of the challenges faced by young Roma children and their families. The REYN Study presents key findings from a thorough analysis of data on key areas of the lives of young Roma children and their families. These areas include family status and living conditions, health and well-being, safety and security, early learning, responsive parenting, and discrimination. For more information, visit this page.

‘Play for Inclusion’ Handbook and Activity Cards

Professional development is key to the quality and impact of any ECEC service. Professionals working with refugee children need appropriate knowledge, competencies, and skills to build safe environments and promote the integration and well-being of distressed children and their caregivers.

The ‘Play for Inclusion’ Handbook and Activity Cards is a new resource for practitioners who work in non-formal early childhood education and care (ECEC) services supporting the integration and psychosocial well-being of young refugee children and their caregivers. Read here for more information.

The Handbook and Activity Cards are available in English, Croatian, Slovak, and Ukrainian. Translations in other languages will be available soon.

Young Roma Children Status in Belgium | Infographic

The overall results of the REYN Early Childhood Research Study in Belgium are represented in this infographic, showing at a glance the status of young Roma children in the country.

Data collected in focus groups and interviews with Roma families with young children, and professionals working with them show the high levels of discrimination that young Roma children are still facing, and their situation according to key areas that impact the child’s development:

* family and living environment

* health and well-being

* safety and security

* early learning

* responsive parenting.

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Young Roma Children Status in Slovakia | Infographic

The overall results of the REYN Early Childhood Research Study in Slovakia are represented in this infographic, showing at a glance the status of young Roma children in the country.

Data collected in interviews with Roma families with young children, and professionals working with them show the high levels of discrimination that young Roma children are still facing, and their situation according to key areas that impact the child’s development:

* family and living environment

* health and well-being

* safety and security

* early learning

* responsive parenting

Young Roma children status in Serbia | Infographic

The overall results of the REYN Early Childhood Research Study in Serbia are represented in this infographic, showing at a glance the status of young Roma children in the country.

Data collected in interviews with Roma families with young children, and professionals working with them show the high levels of discrimination that young Roma children are still facing, and their situation according to key areas that impact the child’s development:

* family and living environment

* health and well-being

* safety and security

* early learning

* responsive parenting