Resource kit for parents and caregivers launched

SINGAPORE - Parents who are feeling overwhelmed with how to take care of and rear their children will soon get some direction through a resource kit that aims to support parents and caregivers in providing holistic development for young children.

The "Growing with your Child" Developmental Milestones resource kit was launched by Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Mdm Halimah Yacob at the inaugural Child Development Network (CDN) Parenting Seminar today.

The resource kit, which comprises a handbook and video clips, outlines the developmental changes that take place in children from birth through 3 years of age across five domains: physical, language, cognitive, social and emotional.

It will give parents a guide on how a child grows, communicates, responds to others, feels, and understands.

The kit also provides examples of developmentally appropriate caregiving practices that support young children's learning and development, positive well-being, and foster strong caregiver-child relationships.

The accompanying videos were developed from parents' firsthand experiences and demonstrate how parents and caregivers can apply these practices to support their children's learning and development at the different stages.

The resource kit will be distributed to over 70,000 parents over the next two years via child care centres and hospitals to raise public awareness of quality early childhood development. The videos and resource kit will also be uploaded on the CDN website at www.cdn.gov.sg.

"Growing with your Child" was developed in close consultation with the CDN Public Education Sub-Committee.

Set up in 2010, the CDN's mission is to build and connect the community of Early Childhood stakeholders, including professionals as well as families, to champion the quality of early childhood care and education in Singapore.


ellenja@sph.com.sg

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