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 →

This is the trailer for a 72 minute documentary commissioned by the Genesis Foundation Colombia, in which Carlota Nelson looks at why some children thrive and others do not. Through interviews with cutting edge researchers, scientists, economists, families and educators, BRAIN MATTERS explores the so called “miracle years” and how everyday situations such as play, relationships, language and nutrition in the first few years can provide every child with the opportunity to thrive. Read More →

Brazil’s Programa Crianca Feliz (Happy Child Program) was one of the winners of the WISE Awards in 2019. It has been described as the world’s biggest ECD experiment, aiming to prove that teaching poor parents how to love and nurture their infants will dramatically influence the kind of adults they become. The program uses the WHO/UNICEF Care for Child Development package. Since October 2016 home visitors have reached nearly 500,000 children, and the plan is to reach two million by 2023. more. There is a short video introducing the program here and a more detailed discussion here.Read More →