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by LEGO Foundation ( Playfuture- Exploration Team)

Parents want their children to be happy, to learn useful skills, and to be prepared for life. Play can help parents help their children get there. Some parents might not be aware (or might have forgotten) about the power of play to provide children with rich, joyful learning experiences in which they gain valuable skills for life. 

How do we remind them? How do we spread the message?

Lego Foundation and the (Playfutures exploration team) co-created a set of communication guidelines as reminders for communicating with parents and caregivers about their role in engaging children in playful activities.

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by Webinar presenters

ARNEC together with UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) are pleased to host the webinar entitled, 'Building Futures: Applying the Early Childhood Development Service Quality Standards for South Asia.'

This webinar aims to: 

(1) Introduce and provide an overview of the ECD Service Quality Standards and Guidelines, including the planning, implementation, mentoring, and monitoring and regulation of these services. 

(2) Encourage countries, especially in South Asia to think about how they can apply these ECD service quality standards given their own contextualized specifications for quality. 

(3) Reinforce how these standards can develop a common understanding of the holistic, integrated and developmentally appropriate nature of quality in ECD among all stakeholders by serving as a common point of reference, which to date has not existed in the South Asian context. 

Click here to access the presentation slides deck. Click here to read the webinar highlights. The recording of the webinar can be accessed from ARNEC's YouTube Channel. 

You can download a copy of the ECD Service Quality Standards for South Asia or visit https://www.unicef.org/rosa/documents/building-futures.  

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by UNICEF ROSA

Building Futures: Early childhood development (ECD) service quality standards for South Asia has been developed by the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia to promote a shared vision for the provision of holistic and comprehensive quality ECD services in the region. These standards are designed with the principles of child rights, equity and inclusion at its core and are intended to assist countries in developing their own standards in cases where they do not already exist; and in countries where standards already exist, it may serve as a key reference when these standards are reviewed and updated. 

The guidance was developed with the recognition that good quality ECD services have the potential to break the vicious cycle of intergenerational poverty and deprivation and to promote social equity, economic growth and prosperity. While the critical role of parents and families as primary caregivers is acknowledged, ECD services should be valued as a public good for which the government must take primary responsibility and accountability.  

We hope that Building Futures will serve as a useful guiding document for all stakeholders who may be working across related sectors involved in policymaking, planning, implementing and overseeing ECD provisions and services for children to ensure they meet quality standards. 

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14 June 2021

Playful parenting is a critical way to build children’s brains and give them the best start in life. Frontline workers such as health, education, and social workers are critical to empowering parents to engage in playful and responsive interactions with their young children. But their own knowledge and skills need to be built first.

On June 14, UNICEF, ECDAN, AKF, AKU-IHD and the LEGO Foundation, invite ECD practitioners to join them in a Technical Help Chat focused on building the capacity of frontline workers to deliver playful parenting, using existing training packages such as Care for Child Development (CCD). The Technical Help Chat will delve deeper into how to strengthen the knowledge and skills of various frontline workers and build upon previous webinars on this topic.

REGISTER NOW!  

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21 - 22 April 2021

The webinar recording and presentation slides will be made available soon. Please check back later.

ARNEC together with UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) is pleased to host the webinar entitled, 'Building Futures: Applying the Early Childhood Development Service Quality Standards for South Asia.'

REGISTER NOW! 

This webinar aims to: 

(1) Introduce and provide an overview of the ECD Service Quality Standards and Guidelines, including the planning, implementation, mentoring and monitoring and regulation of these services. 

(2) Encourage countries, especially in South Asia to think about how they can apply these ECD service quality standards given their own contextualized specifications for quality. 

(3) Reinforce how these standards can develop a common understanding of the holistic, integrated and developmentally appropriate nature of quality in ECD among all stakeholders by serving as a common point of reference, which to date has not existed in the South Asian context. 

Prof. Venita Kaul will be making the presentation on the ECD Service Quality Standards. 

Resources speakers:

(1) Dr. Sheldon Shaeffer, Chair, Board of Directors, ARNEC

(2) Ms. Mahmuda Akhter, Executive Director of Institute of Child and Human Development (ICHD) and Vice-Chair of the Executive Board of Bangladesh ECD Network (BEN)

(3) Representatives from countries (To follow)

The following questions shall be explored: 

1. Why is there a need for ECD service quality standards in the South Asia region?

2. What are the ECD service quality standards and who can use them?

3. How can these standards be used? What are the perceptions of stakeholders within countries in the Asia-Pacific Region of the standards – why are these important and how can these standards be applied based on their own context and experiences?  

Moderator: Mita Gupta, Early Childhood Development Specialist and Disability Inclusive Education focal point at the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia.

Click here to view t he full announcement.

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09 March 2021

(1) For East and South East Asia (March 11, 1pm BKK time) - register here 

(2) For South Asia (March 9, 3:30pm BKK time) - register here 

The webinar aims to raise awareness, and provide an opportunity for government officials, development partners, and other education stakeholders, to discuss on the key findings, lessons learned and recommendations from the situation analysis. This will also be an opportunity for exchanges and learning between countries.

UNESCO and UNICEF have commissioned Cambridge Education to undertake this Rapid Situation Analysis from April 2020 to February 2021 with the following objectives:

(a) assess and estimate the various impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic on the education sector and stakeholders in the East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia sub-regions;

(b) examine implications on progress towards SDG4-Education 2030.

Click here to download a copy of the COVID-19 Education Reponse Policy. 

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