Guidance on Reopening Early Childhood Education Settings

By UNICEF, the World Bank and UNESCO

2 years old Manyata plays with pebbles as part of Early Childhood Development programme at an Anganwadi centre in Karmad, Aurangabad, India.
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As countries make decisions to reopen schools, there are unique considerations related to opening early childhood education (ECE) settings, in order to ensure holistic approaches to nurturing care and learning for young children. Reopening ECE settings can provide children with much-needed emotional support and learning opportunities, and it offers reliable childcare options for parents returning to work. Though there will be challenges, young children are highly resilient and adaptive. With clear and consistent instructions and a nurturing environment, they will be able to adjust and thrive in their new learning environment. 

This guidance note outlines key principles and practical measures for decision-makers to consider before, during and after the transition from closure to reopening. It focuses on safe operations in ECE settings, staff training and support, child well-being and development, and parental communication and support.

On this page, you will also find additional resources, developed by UNICEF, for continuing professional staff support and enhancing communications with teachers and administrators, parents and primary caregivers, and decision-makers.

This guidance is aligned with the updated Framework for Reopening Schools, released by UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Bank, the World Food Programme and UNHCR.

For more on UNICEF's response to COVID-19, visit: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) information centre

 

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