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Health session for mothers and their children in Costa Rica / © Dominique Roger for UNESCO

The foundations of human development are laid during the child’s early years, and early childhood requires an integrated approach to the child’s care, development and learning.


Young children in Monrovia, Liberia / © Astrid Helene Washington

UNESCO’s activities in early childhood focus on upstream policy work through collaborating with governmental officials to review and develop their national policies affecting children from the age of 0 to 8. Prioritisation, therefore, is necessary–holistic pre-primary education for children over the age of 3. Two useful planning strategies to address the early childhood needs for those under three years of age—phasing and partnership.
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Walking and learning © UNESCO Early Childhood

UNESCO’s Early Childhood programmes consist of three main areas of activities: national policy reviews; capacity building through the active training of government officials on early childhood policy development and implementation; and knowledge building through the regular publication and dissemination of the bi-monthly series of Policy Brief on Early Childhood.

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