The World Health Organization in collaboration with partners has completed the first version of the Nurturing Care Handbook. This handbook is part of a set of resources for implementing the Nurturing Care Framework.
The handbook is composed of 6 guides. We recommend you read the Start here guide first as it provides a general orientation. The remaining five guides correspond to the five strategic actions of the Nurturing Care Framework and can be read in any order.

We want to hear from you!
If you were unable to submit your comments via the online consultation (ended 15 March 2021) you can send them to NurturingCare@who.int. A revised version of the handbook will be released in the second half of 2021.

Start here

This is the orientation to the Nurturing Care Handbook. It provides an overview of how the handbook works, what nurturing care is, and how to get started. It also includes practical advice on working in programme cycles, engaging all stakeholders, and doing advocacy.

Lead and invest

This guide corresponds to the first strategic action in the Nurturing Care Framework. The other four strategic actions depend on Lead and invest making it essential for any national initiative that supports nurturing care. This guide explores how to do governance, planning, and financing.

Focus on families and communities

This guide corresponds to the second strategic action in the Nurturing Care Framework. This guide explores how to listen to families, encourage communities, and use the media.

Strengthen services

This guide corresponds to the third strategic action in the Nurturing Care Framework. This guide explores how to build systems, improve the workforce, and provide three-level support.

Monitor progress

This guide corresponds to the fourth strategic action in the Nurturing Care Framework. This guide explores how to monitor populations, implementation, and individual children’s development.

Scale up and innovate

This guide corresponds to the fifth strategic action in the Nurturing Care Framework. This guide explores how to expand programmes, engage with the private sector, and use digital solutions.