A Nurturing Approach to Care; The Nurturing Care Framework

The Nurturing Care Framework was produced collaboratively between the World Health Organization (W.H.O) and the United Nations Children’s Fund. This evidence-based framework outlines policies and services that can support parents, families, caregivers and communities to provide “nurturing care” for young children to ensure that they survive and thrive.

Caregivers are the closest people to the young child in the period from pregnancy to age 3 and thus the best providers of nurturing care. Caregivers are most able to provide their children with nurturing care when they are secure – emotionally, financially and socially. Caregivers must also be able to participate in social networks, be empowered to make decisions in the best interest of the child and be affirmed in the important role they play in the lives of the children in their care. To reach their full potential, children need the five components of nurturing care. (WHO, 2018)


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