This WHO/UNICEF training package equips community health workers with the knowledge and skills to counsel families to breastfeed young children and give their children nutritious complementary foods; play and communicate with their children to help them learn and to strengthen their relationships with their children; prevent childhood illnesses and injury; and recognize signs of illness and take their children to a health facility.Read More →

This is a documentary about the importance of loving relationships in early childhood development. It includes interviews with experts and footage with parents from across nine countries and four continents. The Bernard van Leer Foundation has put together a selection of short clips from the documentary, grouped by theme.Read More →

This short video tells the story of identical twins, Lena and Mionka, who were born two months early in Serbia. At the Intensive Care and Therapy Unit their parents were taught about the importance of skin to skin contact. Both mother and father take every opportunity to touch and hold their little girls. The video tells their story and describes other initiatives underway at the health facility to ensure pre-term babies get the best possible care right from the start. Read More →

Early learning activity sheets UNICEF South Africa, the Department of Social Development, the Department of Basic Education and the LEGO Foundation have developed and distributed easy to understand early learning activity sheets for parents and caregivers of children birth to 5 years. The early learning activities are playful and canRead More →

Développement de la petite enfance (UNICEF); Pourquoi est-il important d’investir tôt? (Banque Mondiale); Le cadre des soins attentifs pour le développement de la petite enfance (OMS); Les composantes « opportunités pour l’apprentissage précoce » et « les soins répondant aux besoins » (Le Partenariat pour la santé de la mère, du nouveau-né et de l’enfant); Renforcer les services existants : exemples venant d’Afrique (UNICEF); Ressources pour soutenir le plaidoyer et la mise en œuvre du cadre des soins attentifs (Le Partenariat pour la santé de la mère, du nouveau-né et de l’enfant).Read More →

The “Dubai Declaration on Early Childhood Development” identifies the elements and approaches for a holistic package of services for young children and their caregivers, ranging from stimulation and play to nutrition to parental livelihoods. The declaration also calls for these approaches to be backed by national policy, with regulations andRead More →

What would a successful multi-sectoral approach to early childhood development look like? This was the central question posed by the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood Development (ARNEC), at their regional conference in Nepal from 5-7 June 2018. As part of the main program, UNICEF’s Pia Rebello Britto (pictured) deliveredRead More →