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Integrated Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development care and education is widely recognized as having a significant impact on the performance of children's education. It ensure a smooth transition between ECD and pre-primary education and lay the foundation for lifelong learning, and provide better benefits for an individual, the society and the nation.

The focus of the ECD program is to increase the capacity of individuals, communities and all stakeholders involved in the delivery of ECD services. Mothers who have been caring for infants and young children for generations in communities. With the rapidly changing environment in the society, it is of special importance that we observe and learn more about actual conditions of children 0-6 years, caring practices at household and ECD facility levels, with emphasis on a diverse group that provide services to these children.

Functions

Legal and institutional framework: The IECD Programme places emphasis on issues of disparity both in attitude and expectations in Early Childhood Development, Care and Education. The IECD programme is aiming at addressing the disparity amongst the communities especially indigenous and poverty stricken communities by putting in place necessary legislative and regulatory framework that address improvement of management, quality and accessibility of IECD services. This includes the formulation and amendment of Child Care and Protection Bill, Review of the National IECD policy, reviewed Guideline for establishing ECD centres, Give every child the best interest in life manual.

Capacity Strengthening: Quality service is of utmost importance and continuous in-service training for ECD caregivers and other all ECD service providers. This includes training for staff who act as advisers to communities, ECD caregivers who takes care of children at ECD centres, Family Visitors involved in intervention programmes, Regional and Constituency Committees, parents and communities.

Mobilisation and Advocacy: Improve the management, delivery systems, quality and accessibility of IECD programmes by ensuring communities and stakeholders are well informed about the importance of IECD programme and services provided. Develop key diverse appropriate advocacy multimedia messages, hold public mobilization meetings, home visits, briefing meetings, radio and TV talks and development of advocacy plans for different target groups in various languages.

IECD Programmes

ECD care centres and Home- based care programme: The centres provide services for groups of 20-25 children aged two to four years plus, to provide them safe and quality child care, improved nutrition, stimulating learning environment, establish school going habits and school readiness under the care and guidance of ECD caregivers. This would ensure a smooth transition between ECD and primary education and lay the foundation for lifelong learning. Registration of ECD centres and compiling statistics of children and ECD centres takes place every year in all 13 regions. The home based care programme translates as the entry point focusing on children aged from birth to one and is to build upon a solid base of community participation based on informal arrangements in which mothers or caregivers look after children in selected homes. This provides mothers with improved knowledge and skills in integrated child services, offer sate and stimulating environment for children, provide mothers time to take part in income generating activities, strengthen children and mothers interaction and increase women's self confident and adopting new roles

Parental and Community Education programme: One important task is to educate mothers, daughters, fathers and sons the importance of early childhood development components. The objective of this programme is to: strengthen parents and community self-confidence, skills and knowledge related to Integrated Early Childhood Development Care and Education; motivate parents and communities to take part in Early Childhood Development and other child related development projects for the advancement of their children and community and promotes adult education.

Family Visitors programme: The FVs program is a community based intervention program that address the needs of children 0-6 who do not benefit from ECD services due to distance between the community and the nearest ECD centre and scattered households were it is not possible for services to be provided at central place. The prime purpose of this programme is to target children living under difficult circumstances this includes: orphans, street children, children with different challenges etc. The program provides house to house services that include adult education, health, nutrition, sanitation amongst others. Services are provided by Family Visitors selected by the communities who do routine visits to households in an integrated approach. The MGECW provide material and technical support for the Family Visitors. The program is implemented in selected regions i.e. Ohangwena, Omusati, Erongo.

Head office contact details

gender_postal_namibiaPrivate Bag 13359, Windhoek,Namibia

gender_physical_namibiaJuvenis Building Independence Avenue

gender_telephone_namibia+264-61-2833111

gender_fax_namibia+264-61-238941 / 221304

gender_emailgenderequality@mgecw.gov.na

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