ERIC Number: ED331619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
The First Three Years: A Sourcebook on Early Childhood Care and Education. UNESCO-UNICEF Co-operative Programme Digest No. 31.
Providing guidelines on day care for children under 3 years of age in developing countries, this digest has been written out of a firm conviction that it is entirely possible for developing countries to provide a system of early childhood care and education that is affordable, humane, culturally appropriate, and supportive of child development. The first section summarizes important concepts in child development, sketching the philosophy which underlies the practical hints and suggestions found in the later sections. The core of the book, section 2, suggests a program, including materials and activities, that fosters and promotes growth and development. The four chapters of section 2, focus on motor and mental development, personal and social development, language development and health care. In each chapter, the basic theoretical concepts are outlined and suggestions for activities through which goals may be achieved are detailed. The third and concluding section briefly discusses some issues in the organization of a child care center, such as the role of the caregiver, working with parents, and involving the community. General principles are stressed that can be applied in diverse cultures and situations. An appendix offers directions on making toys and play objects from easily available materials. (RH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Children's Fund, Paris (France).; United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Note: For other titles in this series, see PS 019 414-424.