UNESCO: ECCE Worldwide
UNESCO adopts a holistic approach to ECCE encompassing health, nutrition, hygiene and children’s cognitive development and social-emotional well-being. 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. Nevertheless, there is a focus on holistic pre-primary education for children over the age of 3, for which emphasis is placed on its linkages with primary education.
UNESCO’s Early Childhood programmes consist of three main areas of activities: national policy reviews; capacity building through active training of government officials on early childhood policy development and implementation; and knowledge building through regular publication and dissemination of the bi-monthly series of Policy Briefs on Early Childhood.
The aim of the national policy reviews is to assist Member States to identify concrete measures to develop or improve each country’s early childhood policies.
Additionally, the progress in ECCE in the Member States is assessed and annually published in the Global Monitoring Report.