Education Package for Caregivers

The CLR Education Package for caregivers is entitled 'Right From The Start'.

Who Can Use it

This Education Package can be used:

  • For parent and family education within interventions for Integrated Child Development.
  • Within programmes for Community Health, Child Health and Women's Reproductive Health.
  • Within meetings of existing women's groups, such as 'mahila mandals', self-help groups, etc. as an 'add-on' activity for parent and family education.

Components of the Package

Manual for Communicators
Contains 20 modules for periodic meetings with caregivers. Each module provides the necessary content and step-by-step guidelines for conducting a meeting with a semi-literate or illiterate group.

Visual Materials
Puzzles and discussion pictures which help to make the meetings participatory and Encourage caregivers to analyse issues for themselves.

Discussion Photo Booklet
Contains 4 sets of photos. Each set helps to discuss the developmental characteristics of a particular age group.

Handouts for Caregivers
To be duplicated and given to each participant at the end of a meeting. Contain illustrated reminders of some of the main child care messages discussed at the meeting.

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Training Materials for Child Care Interventions

DVD/VCD Series Entitled ‘Care For Development’

Module 1 - 'Right From The Start : Holistic Child Care in the Early Years'

Module 2 - 'Interaction with Babies and Toddlers at Home'

Module 3 - 'A Baby Learns : Spending Free Time with 7-12-month Old Babies'

Module 4 - 'A Toddler Learns : Spending Free Time with 2-3-year Old Children’

Module 5 - 'RRA to Assess Locale-Specific Awareness Needs’

Module 6 - 'Conducting Meetings With Caregivers’

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Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA) for Contextualising Early Child Care Intrerventions: A User’s Guide

This booklet is of use to organisations interested in implementing interventions for improving home-based early child care in poor rural and urban communities, through a caregiver education programme.

An education programme for traditional families will be effective only when your project personnel and field workers understand before initiating the programme, the prevalent knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to child care within a particular community. Besides the universal care messages your intervention must convey, it is necessary to attempt to change detrimental care behaviours while endorsing sound ones. But to change detrimental behaviours, mere awareness of a harmful practice is not enough. It is important to explore and evaluate the reasons, values and beliefs that govern these practices. Only then can a generic curriculum for caregiver education be supplemented by locale-specific messages that may be necessary for modifying age-old behaviours, and thus having an impact on child development.

Survey Tools

Questionnaires to assess knowledge of parents and caregivers on reproductive health and holistic child care, both before and after interventions.

Poster Exhibition

Our handy and attractive poster exhibition helps you convey important child care messages directly to families in our villages and urban slum communities.

Exhibition features

  • A colourful, laminated set of 40 posters (size A3), with simple poetic text, photographs and visuals designed specifically for an illiterate or semi-literate audience.
  • Explains holistic child development and how parents, families and communities can promote it.
  • Conveys all prime child care messages related to babies and toddlers, incorporated in the CLR Education Package for parents / caregivers.
  • Can be staged indoors or outdoors, using the accompanying hanging device.
  • Each language edition is designed with locale-specific photos and visuals.

Who can use it

This exhibition is relevant for field-level awareness-raising (IEC) events and activities within:

  • Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)
  • Reproductive health, child health, community health programmes of NGOs and government agencies.
  • ECCD programmes of NGOs

The exhibition is designed in various Indian languages, with locale-specific photos and visuals.

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