Kazakhstan: Cooperation between sectors

Having inherited a health system in poor shape following independence in 1991, Kazakhstan invested heavily in primary health-care reforms, including in 3,500 Healthy Baby Rooms, where patronage nurses monitor the growth and development of children under age 5 and provide parenting and feeding advice. Between 1990 and 2016, the under-5, infant and neonatal mortality rates dropped from 52, 44 and 22 per 1,000 live

Best beginnings for nurturing care

Speaking at the Scotland Maternity and Midwifery Festival 2018, Alison Baum OBE, Chief Executive of Best Beginnings in the UK, introduced participants to the Nurturing Care Framework. “It’s really worth looking at… at the heart of focusing on nurturing care is putting the family there and our role as professionals

Step by step for nurturing care

A new webinar co-hosted by the International Step by Step Association and the Bernard van Leer Foundation seeks to orient stakeholders on the Nurturing Care Framework. The moderator is Joan Lombardi and speakers are Bernadette Daelmans, Ilgi Ertem, Alexsandra Jovic and Liana Ghent. You can watch it on our Videos and

Nurturing care in situations of crisis and conflict

In putting together the 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO commissioned a paper that considered the role of nurturing care in crisis settings. The authors envisage a key role for the Framework: “The most urgent need for children age 0 to 6 in crisis settings “is the political will to

TheirWorld looks at the issue of nurturing young children in South Africa

TheirWorld has looked at the issue of nurturing young children in South Africa through the eyes of an ECD centre owner, a charity worker and an academic.  Thuthukile Mhlungu, owner and principal of Inkanyezi ECD centre, says: “For a long time ECD has been lacking political support. So now it’s

Smart start in Kenya

October 12, 2018: Lisa Bohmer of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Rosella Radanga, Siaya County First Lady (Patron of ECD) in Siaya County, Kenya. The First Lady’s Smart Start Siaya Campaign incorporates nurturing care and will benefit the entire county. You can find out more about the campaign here.

G20 acknowledges nurturing care approach

The G20 has acknowledged the approach set out in the  Nurturing Care Framework. In October 2018 the Development Working Group launched the “G20 Early Childhood Development Initiative”, which recognizes that: “ECD… is deeply influenced by nurturing care – health, food security and quality nutrition, responsive caregiving, physical and emotional security and

Analysts: Nurturing care delivers “incredible financial return”

The Nurturing Care Framework has the potential to improve the lives of millions of children worldwide and to boost the global economy by trillions of dollars, say two U.S. analysts, writing for the Seattle Times. Peter Laugharn is President and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Steve Davis is President and CEO

Essential writings on early childhood development

The Nurturing Care Framework has been included in “The early childhood development reading list”, a “Top 10” list of recent books and reports in the field. Public service network magazine “Apolitical” describes the framework as a “must read” and “(an) evidence-based guide for anyone making policy relating to young children”.

Anniversary edition of Early Childhood Matters

The 20th anniversary edition of “Early Childhood Matters” has just been published. It features 26 articles on subjects as diverse as a parenting programme informed by the Gross National Happiness policy in Bhutan to community health workers’ use of technology to treat maternal depression in Pakistan. Highlighting innovations, the path