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Key messages on child development and early and learning from the unicef book "facts for life"

Key messages on child development and early and learning from the unicef book "facts for life"

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With more than 15 million copies in circulation and translated in 215 languages worldwide, ‘Facts for life’ aims to make life-saving knowledge easily available to everyone.

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

It presents the most important facts that people have a right to know to prevent child deaths and diseases, and to protect women during pregnancy and childbirth. It is jointly published by UNICEF, WHO, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNDP, UNAIDS, WFP and the World Bank.

  1. The early years, especially the first three years of life, are very important for building the baby’s brain. Everything she or he sees, touches, tastes, smells or hears helps to shape the brain for thinking, feeling, moving and learning.

2. Babies learn rapidly from the moment of birth. They grow and learn best when responsive and caring parents and other caregivers give them affection, attention and stimulation in addition to good nutrition, proper health care and protection.

3. Encouraging children to play and explore helps them learn and develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. This helps children get ready for school.

4. Children learn how to behave (socially and emotionally) by imitating the behaviour of those closest to them.

5. Entering primary school on time is critical to ensure the continuity of a child’s development. Support from parents, other caregivers, teachers and the community is very important.

6. All children grow and develop in similar patterns, but each child develops at her or his own pace. Every child has her or his own interests, temperament, style of social interaction and approach to learning.

In order to grow and stay healthy, young children need a variety of nutritious foods.

As we mentioned earlier, a child’s stomach is smaller than an adult’s.

So it is important that your baby eats frequently to provide for all he needs.

Your knowledge about baby’s defense system and these protection giving nutrients will help you keep your child healthy and protected.

Start using the information given in this booklet and make a difference in your and your baby’s lives.

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