The first 1,000 days of life
The first 1,000 days of a child’s life is the most critical period for building a strong foundation for age-appropriate development and ultimately helping that child reach their potential. Children who receive nurturing attention and quality care from parents or caregivers tend to have strong early learning readiness, eagerly embrace new learning experiences and establish important connections between their physical growth and their brain development. The first 1,000 days begins at conception and rolls through a child’s second year of life, during which it encompasses three stages: (1) pregnancy (the first 270 days), (2) infancy, from birth to 6 months of age (the first 180 days) and (3) toddlerhood, from 6 months to 2 years of age (the first 550 days).It is indeed the window of opportunity to ‘develop a child’. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months sets the foundation for a child’s cognitive, physical and emotional development. It reinforces their ability to learn, to adapt to their environment and to develop psychological resilience. Most importantly, it is the role of fathers, mothers and other primary caretakers to understand what is needed to nurture infants and early learners to ensure that their brain develops in a way that will help them reach their full potential. Parents and caretakers need to understand that quality brain growth and a child’s development begins on the first day of life.
Early Moments Matter!
UNICEF and Central Group for every child
Visit #EatPlayLove Expo 2019 at 11 Central malls around Thailand (see locations and dates of the expo in the image below). Joun UNICEF Thailand and be part of the force to promote the importance of early childhood development.
Building Better Brains
Once we said nature or nurture; then nature and nurture. Now we know it is nature with
nurture, the degree of interdependence is even greater than we ever imagined. They are two
parts of a whole, interacting constantly and together playing a singular role in a child’s brain
development — and a child’s future.
Parenting guidelines for children 0-5 years old
The Office of Education Council and UNICEF launched a Parenting Guideline on 9 August with 600 ECD stakeholders from around the country participating in the event. The guidelines provide information for ECD professionals and parents about holistic child development, linked to the national Early Learning and Development Standards.
Recommendations on Options and Environment Adjustments
The Department of Health, Mahidol University and UNICEF launched the “Recommendations on options and environmentally adjustment for physical activity and play promotion in ECD services” as a key guidance note for ECD caregivers to lead learning through play.
Early Moments Matter on Mobile
A communication platform supported by UNICEF Thailand which aims to provide, in Thai language, information and resources on key themes related to childhood care and development including prenatal care, breastfeeding and nutrition, the importance of play and stimulation, disease prevention, hygiene and safety promotion, and positive communication to raise children in a loving and protective way, to parents and caregivers.
The service is free. You only need to have a Facebook account to subscribe to the service by simply registering through the Messenger box in www.facebook.com/9YangTH.