Early Moments Matter

The first 1,000 days can shape a child’s future. We have one chance to get it right.

The first 1,000 days can shape a child’s future. We have one chance to get it right.
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The first 1,000 days can shape a child’s future. We have one chance to get it right.

We all want what's best for our children, but being a parent isn't always easy. That's why UNICEF Egypt brings together some of the world’s leading baby experts to help you with information and practical tips you can trust to raise your children from the day they’re born till the age of three in the best possible way.

Why are the first four years important?

In the first 1,000 days, babies’ brains form new connections at an astounding rate: up to millions every single second – a pace never repeated again. With every hug and every kiss, with every nutritious meal and game you play, you’re helping to build your baby’s brain.

Facts on the first three years
Facts on the first three years
Facts on the first three years

Early Moments Matter & Every Moment Counts!

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Greetings to every super dad who invests in his children’s development by spending time, sharing interests and playing!

Every Word, No Matter How Small, Counts!

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"Everything we do affects our children. When we call things by their actual names in front of them, we help them reach their full potential. This is one of the globally recommended key practices for early childhood development at the age from 0 to 4 years old. Every word, no matter how small, counts!" - UNICEF Egypt's Ambassdor Ahmed Helmy.

Find Out About Your Child’s Needs at Every Stage

Working Parents

The most important job in the world is the job of parents in raising their children. This should not prevent either parents from having a fair chance to build a successful career in addition to their most important job.

At the beginning of their children's lives, parents need to give children more time and effort. At UNICEF, we call on governments and businesses to invest more in policies that give the father and mother the time and support they need to raise happy and healthy children.

In Egypt, there are distinctive models for companies that give special privileges to parents such as paternity leaves and daycare:

How Can Employers Help Parents to Give Their Children The Best Possible Start in Life?

  • Guarantee that women are not discriminated against based on pregnancy, motherhood or family responsibilities – for example, in relation to employment conditions, wages or career opportunities.
  • Establish a minimum of six months paid parental leave to ensure parents can spend quality time with their children when they need it the most.
  • Enable breastfeeding at work through paid breastfeeding breaks, adequate lactation facilities and a supportive breastfeeding environment in the workplace.
  • Beyond legal compliance, promote decent working conditions such as wages that reflect the cost of living for families.
  • Enable breastfeeding at work through paid breastfeeding breaks, adequate lactation facilities and a supportive breastfeeding environment in the workplace.
  • Support access to affordable and quality childcare to ensure that children have access to early childhood education and can develop the skills they need to reach their full potential.
  • Grant flexible working time arrangements through work from home policies and other measures.
  • Encourage positive parenting practices with staff – for example, develop training and awareness campaigns to highlight the importance of early childhood development.

Mini parenting master classes

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Bedtime Stories

Bedtime stories are among the long-lasting memories of our children on our quality time together. Watch the story of the train that doesn’t whistle in the first episode of our “Story time” series. #EarlyMomentsMatter