Facility based health care for
Early Childhood Development

During their regular health focused encounters with families, health care workers can use “touch points”, like well-child care and immunisation visits, parenting sessions, antenatal visits, etc. to deliver enhanced guidance, counselling and model parenting behaviours that are developmentally sensitive and support child’s social, emotional and cognitive development. The content has to be relevant for parents and families and address positive and responsive parent-child interactions, stimulation, and early learning through play, as well as child safety and general advice on parenting practices (e.g., positive discipline, praise, book-shared reading, etc.). They can also enable parents to understand developmental milestones and age-appropriate needs, as well as to open a space to identify, discuss, and address concerns. Routine visits to facilities are also an opportunity to provide care for the mental health and wellbeing of caregivers. Good listening skills and sensitive inquiries from health care workers can help identify family stressors and additional needs of children requiring coordinated work across sectors (Link CSN).