01 July 2020

A journey of love: A parent’s role in ensuring the healthiest start in life for their child

Every child must be empowered from an early age to make their own decisions in order to become powerful participants in their societies and build healthier and more prosperous futures. Early childhood is considered as the most critical period in a child’s life, as it is the period during which the child’s brain begins to grow and develop.  In…, Health care, A mother’s diet and her nutrient stores are the only source of nutrition for a developing baby. It is critical that women have access to health care and nutritious food which they need before and during pregnancy. They should also seek regular ante natal care checkups and get the right amount of physical and mental rest.  Two mothers and baby in…, Adequate nutrition, Mothers should initiate breastfeeding immediately after childbirth and continue exclusively for the first six months of life, if possible. It is crucial that mothers follow a diet that meets the nutrient needs for their child's optimal growth and development. Baby lies on blanket in Sudan Ali Abubakar smiles while recovering from severe acute…, Responsive caregiving and protection, In order to ensure healthy development for children, they need to build neural connections in the brain. These connections are created through good parenting practices such as hugging, comforting, playing, reading, singing and talking. Parents should prevent their children from maltreatment, abuse and neglect. Child writes on chalkboard Sana…, Early learning, It is critical that every child has access to quality early childhood care, learning and development programmes and other early learning opportunities involving toys, books and interactive engagement with adults and peers. Doctor speaks to family at hospital in Sudan Dr. Nader Ahmed, UNICEF Health and Nutrition Officer, speaks to Noor Ahmed and…
03 June 2020

Teleworking parents during COVID-19

The Global Day of Parents, celebrated every year on June 1st, as well as the International Day of Families on May 15th, both established by UN resolutions, provide a perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of parenting and strong families for children's well-being. In that spirit, the shift to a more flexible working culture enables UNICEF…, Flexible work already adopted before COVID-19 , Remote work had been adopted by UNICEF employees, long before COVID-19 introduced it as the new normal in our work routines. It has been an integral element of the Flexible Working Arrangements, a set of policies in place since June 2019, aiming to offer a modern, flexible and family-friendly work environment, in which our colleagues can better…, Managers can help parents and families thrive , The role of supervisors is crucial for the implementation of these policies. Binta recalls how she was first given the opportunity by her former country Representative Bo Viktor Nyland to make use of flexible work when her duty station was declared non-Family. "At that time, he allowed me to telework whenever I was home for a visit so that I could…, Compressed working hours , Compressed work schedule, or “ten working days in nine”, is another arrangement available to UNICEF parents. With this arrangement, UNICEF colleagues can work extra time in nine days and take the tenth one off. "When I practice the compressed work schedule, I’m able to spend long weekends and use the extra regular day off to attend my kids’ doctor…