10 June 2024

International Day of Play

The very first International Day of Play is just around the corner on 11 June. Are you ready? Learn more out about this historic moment and how you can take part.  Arrow Learn more about International Day of Play 2024 Call to action Join our global community of parents, What is the International Day of Play? , The International Day of Play is a time to celebrate the power of play. It’s a time to raise awareness about how central play is to every child’s development and well-being. And it’s a time when we can come together to make sure that every child is able to fulfil their right to play.  Blocks The power of play, Why is play so important?, Play isn’t just fun, it’s fundamental to children’s development. Play creates powerful learning opportunities – intellectual, social, emotional and physical. Through play, children make connections with others, build leadership skills, develop resilience, navigate challenges and conquer their fears., When is the International Day of Play?, The first ever International Day of Play will take place on 11 June 2024. Blocks The power of play, What’s planned?, There will be a special event at the UN headquarters in New York to mark the first International Day of Play. National events and online activities will be happening around the world., What can I do?, You can take part right from home – whether it’s trying out new play ideas with your children or helping raise awareness with your friends, families and networks about the power of play. And remember, there's no need to wait until 11 June – everyday is an opportunity for playful moments! Blocks The power of play, Fulfilling every child's right to play, Call to action We are the first generation with the knowledge to finally ensure every child has the right to play fulfilled. There are many things that governments can do to ensure children enjoy the right to play.  UNICEF and UNESCO are calling on governments to prioritize four SDG-related outcomes most likely to fulfil the right to play and…, Dive into a world of play, Learn more about the power of play and get inspired
27 May 2024


Did you know that it is very likely that you have everything you need at home to create a fun and engaging game with your children? In this page, we share activities for every day of the week, for the weekends, to be play and learn all month long. With these ideas you will make time to share your favorite activities with your children, inspired to…, Spider web, Helps develop narrative and creative skills and strengthens family ties.  Juego telarana 1 UNICEF Juego telarana 2 UNICEF Juego telarana 3 UNICEF Juego telarana 1 Juego telarana 2 Juego telarana 3, My own book, A game that develops imagination and improves language and communication.  Ilustracion de un libro UNICEF Mi propio libro instrucciones del juego UNICEF Ilustracion de juego de libro beneficios Juego mi propio libro 3 UNICEF Ilustracion de un libro Mi propio libro instrucciones del juego Ilustracion de juego de libro beneficios, Treasure hunt, Strengthens problem solving habilities, develops logic and critical thinking. Introduccion al juego busqueda del tesoro UNICEF treasure hunt UNICEF Treasure hunt UNICEF Introduccion al juego busqueda del tesoro treasure hunt Treasure hunt, Badabum, Develops imagination, strengthens family ties, the sense of rhythm nd coordination. Badabum UNICEF bADABUM UNICEF Badabum UNICEF Badabum bADABUM Badabum, Playing with letters, Develops language and communication, strengthens alphabet recognition. Playing with letters UNICEF Playing with letters UNICEF Playing with letters UNICEF Playing with letters Playing with letters Playing with letters, The ice age, Encourage scientific observation, explain the different states of matter. The ice age UNICEF The ice age UNICEF The ice age UNICEF The ice age The ice age The ice age, The binoculars, Encourage scientific observation, develops creativity motor skills. The binoculars UNICEF The binoculars UNICEF The binoculars UNICEF The binoculars The binoculars The binoculars, My tracks, Encourages body awareness, balance and coordination. My tracks UNICEF My tracks UNICEF My tracks UNICEF My tracks My tracks My tracks, I'm an architect, Strengthens creativity, encourage artistic expression. i am an architect UNICEF I am an architect UNICEF I am an architect UNICEF i am an architect I am an architect I am an architect, Cooking together, Develops logical thinking, experimentation, cooperative and creativity. Cooking together UNICEF Cooking together UNICEF Cooking together UNICEF Cooking together Cooking together Cooking together
28 November 2023

Cradling hope through skin-to-skin contact

👉 Follow us on our WhatsApp channel:  Recibe información por WhatsApp UNICEF Parenting Portal  for more tips. You may also be interested in: Home Parenting  | Food and nutrition Food and nutrition  | Early learning Early learning  | Nurturing care Nurturing care  | Health Health | Security and protection Security and protection  |  Short…, Why is skin-to-skin contact so important? , "The importance of the Kangaroo Family Care Programme goes beyond a simple technical and medical methodology; it is a story of love, resilience and the power that human touch has to change lives and make a difference".  enfermera está ayudando a una madrea a cargar a su bebe recien nacido en el pecho, plan canguro The method involves holding the…, Emotion in every heartbeat , The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is divided into several sections, depending on the severity of the patients’ condition. "On average, we take care of no more than 130 babies a day, however, lately, we are treating over 140 patients," says Dr. Fadlallah.  The Panama Children's Hospital has implemented significant changes in its neonatal care unit as…, Company during the process , When Arantxa was born, her lungs were not fully developed, and she had low birth weight: "She had surgery at 20 days." "Now Arantxa is 33 weeks and one day old. It was a natural birth, and she weighed 3 pounds," says her mom, Karen Vernaza, with great pride.  Nurse Orellana was the one who introduced her, and the rest of the families, to the…, “If he can fight, I can too” , bebé recién nacido, en el pecho de su madre, en cuidados intensivos en plan canguro Jennyfer Simpson and her baby, Lian Jennyfer Simpson gave birth to Lian at 32 weeks of pregnancy: "Learning to use the wrap was simple, and for me, this experience has been beautiful. With the Kangaroo Family Care Programme, I have strengthened the bond with my…, Teamwork is key , In the ICU, it is increasingly common to find fathers who are fully involved and committed to the Kangaroo Family Care Programme. For the programme team, this has been essential to ensure that the responsibility does not only fall on mothers. "Dads love it, and most of them are very happy to do it".  One of these dads is 20-year-old Javier Barrios…, Love Stories, Happy Endings , bebé prematuro, apoyado en el pecho de su madre, plan canguro. Yoryelis Guruchaga with her baby, Carl Yoryelis Guruchaga, a dental student in Panama City and native of Bocas del Toro, broke her water at just 32 weeks of pregnancy. Then Carl was born: "He cried like any child, but he would get tired, breathing was difficult for him."  She believes…
13 October 2022

Early childhood care in emergencies and fragile contexts

What does it involve?, Early childhood development care in emergency situations is essential, as it provides immediate and vital support from multiple sectors and services that children need, such as housing, health, nutrition, protection, education and psychosocial support in a safe and nurturing environment., It is important that, in addition to directly supporting young children, care and services are extended to pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, fathers and other family members and caregivers., UNICEF/UN0559453/Pich Urdaneta, In addition to causing illness, injury, loss of life and damage to infrastructure, disasters also affect the livelihoods of families. They can cause trauma, stress, family separation, disruption of routines due to changes in housing and schooling, and altered diets., Children arriving from US border are playing with their peers and drawing with Haiti Kids Club staff while receiving psychosocial support at UNICEF's Child Friendly Center at Port au Prince Airport. UNICEF/UN0525746/Georges Harry Rouzier However, children under 8 years of age continue to be one of the most invisible groups when planning actions…, Early childhood development and caregivers services in fragile and emergency settings are increasingly essential to end preventable deaths, support the healthy motor and socio-emotional development of newborns and young children, and ensure the overall health and well-being of early childhood., Why are emergency interventions for early childhood development important and a priority?, During 2021, between January and October, Migración Colombia registered a record number of migrants in Necoclí (Antioquia, northeastern Colombia) with more than 90,610 people, mainly of Haitian and Cuban nationalities. UNICEF was present to provide attention to the migrant and host population with more than six water distribution points on the…, When emergency response targets young children with their mothers, fathers and caregivers, these services have the potential to boost economic recovery and peacebuilding in communities and countries., What do we do?,   We work with government institutions, civil society organizations and associations of emergency specialists. We advise on response interventions focused on addressing risks and promoting the well-being of pregnant mothers, newborns, young children and caregivers in humanitarian and fragile settings, especially for the most vulnerable populations…
12 October 2022

Family Friendly Policies

Our Vision, The prosperity of societies depends on the development of the individuals that comprise them. In turn, the social and economic well-being of each of them is directly related to the decisions made by governments and companies, as they impact their lives. We know that all fathers, mothers and caregivers, in addition to caring for and being in charge…, What are Family Friendly Policies?,   They are a set of decisions and actions that favor parents and caregivers so that they can balance their work and family life. To achieve their goal, these policies generally seek to provide three types of resources that are essential for parents and caregivers of young children: time, finances, and services. We have identified five types of…, The changes we seek to promote in the countries, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 2021. A father holds his baby during a routine check-up with the pediatrician. Care for child Development (CCD), a programme implemented by UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean. From maternity leave to parental leave, We promote that both the mother and the father can have the time and support necessary to strengthen the bond of attachment with their baby and provide the loving and sensitive care required for early childhood development., Ñemby, Central, Paraguay. June 2021. A family during a routine check up with the pediatrician. Doctor Cirila Quintana counsels the family on Care for child Development (CCD), a programme implemented by UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean. From individual responsibility to co-responsibility, The balance between work and family responsibilities is an issue that needs to be addressed by fathers and mothers alike and, in addition to families, also by governments and employers., Belmopan, Belize. June 2021. Baby and her mother during routine check up with the pediatrician. Doctor Candy Azueta counsels the family on Care for child Development (CCD), a program implemented by UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean. From infrastructure to people, To support families, investment is needed, not only in infrastructure, but also in working conditions that protect against discrimination and dismissal for maternity reasons, promotion of breastfeeding with reduced working hours, breastfeeding breaks and lactation rooms., The family receives counseling from Dr. Marlene Estigarribia on Care for child Development (CCD), a programme implemented by UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean. From stress reduction in caregivers to improved family wellbeing, Family-oriented policies, in addition to reducing stress from living conditions and work environments that affect parenting, can also foster more productive businesses, happier families, and healthier children., Why is investing in family-oriented policies good for everyone?, UN0503541 They are good for children in early childhood, because: They are one of the most effective ways to improve people's skills and, ultimately, productivity. While all parents want to do the best for their children, many have no choice but to work all day. This means being away from home, spending a lot of time commuting, and not having time…, Learn about our resources