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ECD Resources
ECD Resources
by ARNEC Secretariat

We are pleased to share with you the documentation report of the recently-concluded Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Early Childhood Development (virtual edition), with the theme on "Young Children in Crisis: Addressing the impact of COVID-19, Climate Change and Environmental Degradation." 

Click here for a copy of the full documentation report. 

Please use this link (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1RHsbf7mo2MaDyDoLznS-TvYUODSOYO-W?usp=sharing) to access the Conference-related resources, including all presentation materials and access to the video documentation of all presenters, speakers, and panel discussions.

Feel free to access, use, and share these resources to your respective networks and communities, so we broaden the constituencies supporting the transformative potential of ECD as a building block for resilience and sustainable human development.

ECD Resources
by Prescription to Play

P2P Advocacy Series #2

If you are concerned with the development of your child, talk to a health assistant. In Bhutan, health assistants (Has) use the Bhutan Child Development Screening Tool (BCDST) for the periodic screening of children from 2½ to 60 months covering developmental domains, such as physical development, communication/language, problem solving/cognition, and personal social development.  

The screening tool is part of the HA’s normal immunization and growth monitoring visits and provides information whether or not the child exhibits certain skills or behaviours within four areas of developmental domain based on the responses of parents or caregivers. The screening information becomes useful in developing a child-specific plan for caregivers in addition to other support or referrals necessary. 

For example, if the screening indicates a delay in the physical development of a baby under six months, the HA might recommend caregiver’s practice games like ‘Knock it down’in addition to making a referral to a specialist or making an appointment for further monitoring, depending on the specific needs of the child.

ECD Resources
by ARNEC Secretariat/Webinar presenters

Entitled “Demystifying climate change and its relationship with Early Childhood Development”, this webinar is a follow up from the February launch webinar, Putting Young Children at the Center of Environmental and Climate Change Actions, which kickstarted ARNEC, UNICEF EAPRO and Save the Children’s Asia-Pacific regional initiative around advocating for young children’s rights to clean, safe and sustainable environments, focused on climate change and environmental degradation. 

This webinar aims to equipped participants with more knowledge on climate change and understand how ECD is part of the solution to support sustainable development and empowered them to support this collaborative initiative. A climate change expert will help to ‘demystify’ both the basic concepts of climate change, as well as the processes like the UNFCCC, Conference of Parties (CoPs) and relevant frameworks like the Paris Agreement, 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for DRR. We will then explore how ECD can be a solution to address climate change and contribute towards sustainable development.

The objectives of this webinar are as follows: 

  • Introduce basic concepts of climate change, the UNFCC process and other frameworks and relevant terms for the ECD sector
  • Reform the narrative to show how ECD has already been practicing sustainable development

Missed the webinar? Watch the recording here. Passcode: Q3VU0$w1

Click here for a copy of the webinar highlights from the webinar and the presentation slides deck could be downloaded here

ECD Events
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22 June 2022

ECDAN, Agenda 227, Alliance for Early Success, Minderoo Foundation, Oxfam India

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Policy-advocacy is a critical lever for raising the profile of childcare as a national priority, securing political commitments from parties and candidates, and promoting a national dialogue around the care economy. In many countries, 2022 is an election year, creating both an opportunity to engage candidates and parties while also presenting added challenges to cut through the noise. Doing so requires targeted advocacy and communications strategies that can effectively engage key targets, tap into party platforms, capture media attention, and mobilize public and political support. Then build on those efforts to maintain the momentum built and hold decision-makers accountable after the election. 

This webinar will bring together civil society organizations who have had success raising the issue of childcare as a policy priority during an election year and beyond to share strategies and lessons learned from their experiences.

 Panelists: 

  • Jay Weatherill- Director,Thrive by Five Initiative, Minderoo Foundation, Australia 
  • Miriam Pragita- Executive Director, ANDI, Brazil 
  • Albert Wat- Senior Policy Director, Alliance for Early Success, USA 
  • Anjela Taneja- Lead Expert- Education, Health and Inequality, Oxfam India 

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04 - 15 June 2022

Two webinars on Early Childhood Care and Education organised by Singapore Univerisity of Social Sciences (SUSS)

4 June 2022, 9am (SG time) Playful Learning: Rethinking Play as a Spectrum That Supports Learning Across Ages and Contexts

This talk will explore what is known about playful learning and discuss how this pedagogy can be leveraged across contexts (e.g., schools, homes, and communities) and ages.

Speaker: Prof Jennifer M. Zosh

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15 June 2022 , 6PM (SG time) What Matters Most to 5-year-olds: A Presentation of Findings From OECD’s International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study

This talk will present key findings from the International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study, which aims to identify key factors that drive or hinder the development of early learning.

Speaker: Ms Rowena Phair

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For more information on the public lecture series, please visit: https://www.suss.edu.sg/news-and-events/events?page=1&period=upcoming-events&eventType=all&school=s-r-nathan-school-of-human-development 

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25 May 2022

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Evidence clearly shows the impact of early childhood workforce quality on young children’s learning and development outcomes. However, lack of professionals in this field (particularly in the low-middle income countries), lack of formal recognition, inadequate trainings and the absence of concrete standards in terms of qualifications, remunerations, and certification for the workforce, are among the critical areas of concern for ensuring good quality ECCE across the Asia-Pacific region.

At the regional level, there is a need to invest in the ECCE workforce through adopting a range of initiatives -- e.g., recruitment of sufficient workforce, professionalizing the workforce, providing continuous professional development opportunities, conducting needs assessment of the capacity of different stakeholders for implementing ECCE services and supporting the development of regulatory mechanisms/guidelines for training institutes.

Building on this urgent need to support and invest in early childhood workforce in the region, the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC), being a part of global initiative i.e. Early Childhood Workforce Initiative, understands the significance to fa cilitate regional level dialogues among different stakeholders for making it a priority so that it leads to strengthening the early childhood workforce in the region.

This webinar aims to focus on understanding the current opportunities and challenges that we may need to address at the regional level, as we work towards this issue, while also sharing the key strategies/initiatives that may support the strengthening of early childhood workforce in the region.

The objectives of this session are

  • To present the status of early childhood workforce in the region and identify the priority issues;
  • To get familiar with a range of initiatives and tools for supporting early childhood workforce development in the region; and
  • To brainstorm on the way forward for supporting early childhood workforce in the region.

Click here for the speakers' profiles 

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