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ECD Resources
by ARNEC Secretariat

Missed the webinar? Click here for the webinar highlight. 

The climate crisis is a child’s rights crisis at its core. Protecting the youngest children across the globe is integral to the climate crisis response. This is the first in the series of global webinars on ECD and climate change from the Early Childhood Regional Networks - AfECN, ANECD, ARNEC and ISSA and Global Early Childhood Network ECDAN. With speakers from across the globe including youth advocates, climate experts and ECD practitioners, the webinar will explore the global impact of climate change and environmental degradation on young children, share some experiences from Africa and Asia Pacific regions, and agree on key messaging for COP27 (Egypt 7-18 Nov 2022 – Conference of the Parties, global climate summit), for the ECD and climate change agenda to include the youngest children in decision making.

Watch the webinar recording on https://youtu.be/KCZzWeWHiZ4

Click here to download presenation slides. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1emselR539M3_8TmBgMn59uzZZEVN7Z0k/view?usp=sharing

ECD Resources
by ARNEC Secretariat

ARNEC makes this learning resource to ECD networks and partners in the region to amplify the playful parenting practices generated from the P2P experience in Bhutan. 

Our ask is for you to draw opportunities for adoption or localisation from this P2P resource as you design or enhance policies and programs promoting nurturing care, especially in the context of home-based and community-driven delivery of early childhood development services under the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feel free to use this resource and to share with your own network of partners so we can broaden the community of policy makers and practitioners supporting playful parenting at the country level and the region.

Advocacy Series 1, Number 1

How do caregivers start building the future of young children through play?

Try doing this Tap, Tap, Tap game with young children from birth onwards. This is the first of a series of early stimulation tools and approaches drawn from the resources of the Prescription to Play (P2P) project implemented by Save the Children in Bhutan with the support of The LEGO Foundation. The P2P Projects aims to promote playful parenting to ensure the well-being of children and this learning resource is being shared outside Bhutan so that caregivers in the region and beyond have access to early stimulation tools, especially in the context of COVID-19-induced challenges in nurturing care and early childhood development. Click here to download.

Advocacy Series 1, Number 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. Click here to download

Advocacy Series 1, Number 3

How do caregivers help young children learn that things are still there even if they cannot see them? Learn how to play with them through age-appropriate activities like ‘Lift the cloth’, which is among the playful parenting tools from the Prescription to Play (P2P) project implemented by Save the Children in Bhutan with the support of The LEGO Foundation. Click here to download. 

Advocacy Series 1, Number 4

One of the behavioural changes P2P would like to influence is to engage fathers and male caregivers in their children’s development through playful parenting practices. The Walk, Walk, Stop activity is among the playful parenting tools from the Prescription to Play (P2P) project implemented by Save the Children in Bhutan with the support of The LEGO Foundation. Click here to download

Advocacy Series 1, Number 5

What activity can be done by parents and caregivers to help develop babies’ attention span and vision? The ‘Magic Bag’ containing a set of black and white cards, among others, is a resource that can be used for playing with 2-month old babies. This is among the playful parenting tools from the Prescription to Play (P2P) project implemented by Save the Children in Bhutan with the support of The LEGO Foundation. Click here to download.

Advocacy Series 1, Number 6

How can caregivers read to children with disabilities? Read the activity from from the Prescription to Play (P2P) project implemented by Save the Children in Bhutan with the support of The LEGO Foundation to learn how to make babies with disabilities strong and thrive in a playful family. Click here to download

Advocacy Series 1, Number 7

Instead of punishing a child, learn how to be calm, explain to a child, and model the desired behaviour. This is called the calm, explain, and model technique, which is part of the positive parenting practices from the the Prescription to Play (P2P) project implemented by Save the Children in Bhutan with the support of The LEGO Foundation. Click here to download.

Advocacy Series 1, Number 8

Why is it important to ensure the well-being of caregivers at all times and how do caregivers practice relaxation while taking care of their children and themselves? Read this activity resource among the playful parenting tools from the Prescription to Play (P2P) project implemented by Save the Children in Bhutan with the support of The LEGO Foundation. Click here to download.

ECD Resources
by P2P Project

P2P Advocacy Series #3

How do caregivers help young children learn that things are still there even if they cannot see them? Learn how to play with them through age-appropriate activities like ‘Lift the cloth’, which is among the playful parenting tools from the Prescription to Play (P2P) project implemented by Save the Children in Bhutan with the support of The LEGO Foundation.

ECD Resources
by ECWI

Early childhood development (ECD) services have a strong, positive impact on children’s development. Research from diverse contexts shows that interventions that promote nurturing care in early learning environments significantly improve childhood development and later adult outcomes. Despite increasing knowledge on the benefits of ECD, however, much remains unknown about the early childhood workforce, the range of individuals across paid and unpaid roles who provide services to young children and their caregivers across the health, nutrition, education, and social and child protection sectors. 

Research supports that the workforce is one of the most important factors influencing the quality of ECD services. As such, ECWI is carrying out a series of global landscape analyses to illustrate the size and scope of the challenges faced by the early childhood workforce, while also highlighting promising practices countries have adopted in response to these challenges. 

To learn more about the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative (ECWI), please visit https://www.earlychildhoodworkforce.org/ 

Country study: 

(1) Singapore  

(2) Philippines  

ECD Events
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08 September 2022

 The launch of the ECE Formative Assessment Package

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fter almost two years of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools, preschools and early childhood education (ECE) centres have begun to reopen across South Asia. Can we even imagine or appreciate the extent to which classrooms reflect diversity of learning compared to the pre-COVID-19 context? Can we estimate the extent to which young children (aged 3 to 6 years) have gained or lost skills that are foundational to their later development and learning?

To promote early learning and development, address learning loss and to support developmentally appropriate teaching and learning of preschool-aged children (between 3 to 5/6 years of age), the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), in collaboration with the Asia- Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) have developed an ECE formative assessment package to support learning at preschools/primary schools and at home. The package is designed to be implemented across South Asia and beyond and for use in diverse contexts for supporting young children’s learning and development. As a result, the package puts strong emphasis on the process of cultural adaptation and alignment with country’s Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS) and local priorities.

In this context, this webinar will focus on looking at the importance of learning recovery for the youngest children, how formative assessment can support this, and present the Formative Assessment Package, its components and usage along with the requirements for contextualization.

 The webinar objectives are as follows:

  • Discuss the importance of learning recovery for the youngest children in COVID-19 and beyond, and how formative assessment can support this
  • Present an overview of the Formative Assessment Package for Preschool aged children, including its significance, target group and context of using the package.
  • Get familiar with the tools (in classrooms/centres and at home) in the package and understand how these tools can promote developmentally appropriate practices by building an understanding of the continuum of each competency area in which, a child goes through different levels/steps.
  • Reflect on how to contextualize the tool for a specific country context in line with its national standards and priorities for children’s learning and development.

Click here for more details. 

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01 September 2022

Register now! JOIN US! OUR CLIMATE IS OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE!

The climate crisis is a child’s rights crisis at its core. Protecting the youngest children across the globe is integral to the climate crisis response. 

This is the first in the series of global webinars on ECD and climate change from the Early Childhood Regional Networks - AfECN , ANECD , ARNEC and ISSA and Global Early Childhood Network ECDAN. 

With speakers from across the globe including youth advocates, climate experts and ECD practitioners, the webinar will explore the global impact of climate change and environmental degradation on young children, share some experiences from Africa and Asia Pacific regions, and agree on key messaging for COP27 (Egypt 7-18 Nov 2022 – Conference of the Parties, global climate summit), for the ECD and climate change agenda to include the youngest children in decision making.

The webinar objectives are as follows:

  • Share knowledge on the intersection between ECD and Climate Change and show how ECD is fundamental in addressing environmental issues: 
  • Explain how it is imperative that environmental knowledge and policy becomes part of our work in ECD
  • Explain the impact of climate change and env. degradation on young children’s wellbeing and development aligned with NCF, and some promising practices.
  • Build momentum for stakeholder engagements towards consideration of ECD agenda during the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC that will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, building consensus on messaging and aligning ECD with youth movement agenda on climate change.
  • Promote peer learning across Africa and Asia-Pacific region and regional ECD networks so far in terms of what has happened in Africa Region on the topic of ECD and Climate Change.

Click here for list of speakers for the webinar: https://mailchi.mp/arnec/globalwebinarseriesonecdandclimatechangefirstwebinar-re2-12151468 

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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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