Early Childhood Development Resources
In this section you will find resources developed for work in Early Childhood development. This includes a comprehensive pack of materials for our flagship early learning model, Getting Ready for School, which trains older children as Young Facilitators to build school readiness for Young Learners. It also includes evaluation reports with lessons learned from implementation.
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Child to Child Storybooks
These storybooks are intended to help parents and teachers facilitate children's participation in a range of topics, from health to children's rights.
Early Years Children Promote Health
This book includes case studies from projects that use the Child to Child approach to work with children who are 0-5 years old. It also includes activity sheets on 4 health topics (Playing with young children, Understanding Children’s Feelings, A Place to Play, Feeding Young Children) that can be used to work with children in their early years.
Getting Ready for School - Storybooks
Storybooks to supplement the Getting Ready for School materials.
Getting Ready for School Evaluation Report
Contracted by UNICEF, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) produced in 2013 an independent evaluation of whether and to what extent the Getting Ready for School programme achieved its desired results in the six pilot countries – Bangladesh, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Tajikistan, and Yemen – in 2008-2009.
Toys for Fun
This manual for parents and caregivers shows the importance of play and toys for early childhood development. It also gives instructions on how to make self-made toys.
Getting Ready for School
Child to Child’s Getting Ready for School (GRS) programme presents an innovative, low-cost solution that supports school readiness for children with little access to quality early learning opportunities. Its defining characteristic is that it involves the direct and active participation of children as agents of change. GRS is based on the Child to Child concept of older children (Young Facilitators) being supported to teach/coach younger children (Young Learners) in their communities. In 2020, we commissioned a comprehensive review, collation and consolidation process for our Getting Ready for School (GRS) project materials. These provide a roadmap to project implementation.
2014 Ethiopia: An Evaluation of the Child-to-Child School Readiness Programme in Ethiopia
The Child-to-Child Approach for School Readiness Programme in Ethiopia (hereafter the Child-to-Child School Readiness Programme or CtCSRP) was piloted by the Government of Ethiopia with support from UNICEF in 2008/09. The purpose of the Child-to-Child Approach for School Readiness Programme (CtCSRP) is to improve children’s school readiness through a child-centred, peer tutoring approach that engages older children (Young Facilitators) to conduct early learning activities with pre-school aged children in their home villages. By the end of the programme, children are expected to achieve basic pre-literacy and numeracy competencies that can support their successful transition into Grade 1.
UNICEF contracted the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto to conduct an independent evaluation to determine whether children who participated in the CtCSRP have better school readiness and early learning skills compared to children who have not participated in the programme. In addition, the evaluation investigated the programme benefits for Young Facilitators, families and teachers, and explored the process of programme implementation and issues related programme sustainability. The findings from this evaluation were intended to identify programme strengths and weaknesses that could be used to inform future decisions about improving quality or scaling up the programme.