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Turkmenistan childcare experts discuss development of community based early childhood family support services for all children

ASHGABAT, 7 February 2013 – A four-day seminar on early childhood development (ECD) and family support services for childcare professionals from various social sectors has completed today.

UNICEF Turkmenistan / 2013

The seminar is an integral component of UNICEF’s technical engagement with the Government of Turkmenistan in building institutional capacity to implement the National Program on ECD and School Readiness for 2011-2015. In particular, this capacity building exercise brought together multidisciplinary experts to advance quality of and expand accessibility, inclusivity and diversity of ECD services in communities across the country.

At the end of the last year, the Government of Turkmenistan opened new ECD Centers in Abadan city and Turkmenabat city, which are to provide services to making families’ competent and confident to ensure optimal development of their children from birth, as well as getting children ready to school. UNICEF will collaborate with national stakeholders, including local government authorities and service providers in exemplifying these centers as open for all young children, including children with disabilities. Parents who will visit these inclusive centers will be able to learn and acquire skills on better caring for, communicating with and developing their children. Those families whose children are currently without access to formal preschool education and children with developmental difficulties will receive services in inclusive manner along with all children. These new forms of community based family support services are planned to be scaled up at the national level.

Prior to the seminar, UNICEF and national partners identified demand for such ECD Centers’ services based on the best ECD knowledge and practice.

During the seminar, participants could take an advantage of learning about the recognized experience in preschool educational programmes, integrated approach to education and rearing of children with disabilities and provision of comprehensive support to parents. Childcare experts were also discussed diverse models of ECD Centers in urban and rural settings and ways to introduce community based ECD services, early intervention practices and principles of inclusiveness in Turkmenistan.

For more information please contact:

Mr. Jepbar Byashimov
UNICEF Programme Officer, DRR

Ms. Ayna Seyitllieva
UNICEF Communication for Development Officer
Phone: +99312 425681/82/85/86
Fax: +99312 420830



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