Child development for community workers

In a community-based rehabilitation (CBR) programme, rehabilitation activities with children are often seen as a priority because effective, early intervention at a young age can prevent an impairment becoming more disabling to a child. CBR workers need a high level of knowledge and skills in child development theory and related interventions to help the child to develop.

Resources in this Key list cover health and hygiene, nutrition, physical and mental stimulation (e.g. through play), education and social and emotional security. The resources mainly relate to normal child development, although some include information about developmental delay. The list also includes some materials on Child-to-Child, an approach to help children learn about health and hygiene from one another. We welcome your suggestions: please send comments or suggested additions to sourceassistant@hi-uk.org.

Selected resources

Introductory resources

Child Development

NATIONAL CENTRE ON BIRTH DEFECTS AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (NCBDDD)
September 2005

Expand view

This website summarises the milestones of child development containing simple and essential information about the development of infants (aged 0-1), toddlers (aged 1-3) and pre-school children (aged 3-5). The site also holds information about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

ChildCareExchange.com

Expand view

This website is a useful resource for publications, conferences, documents and websites to do with childcare and is targeted at educators and caregivers. Although it is US-based, it does cover global issues. The key publication, Childcare Information Exchange is available through the website which also contains a list of early childhood organisations

Developmental milestones

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE
November 2005

Expand view

This website gives a brief overview of the different stages of child development. It focuses on children between 2 months and 5 years of age. Milestones are provided for physical, sensory and cognitive development as well as age-appropriate play

Early childhood development

WORLD BANK

Expand view

The early child development (ECD) website is a knowledge source designed to assist policy makers, programme managers, and practitioners in their efforts to promote the healthy growth and integral development of young children. It lists details of the key players in the field of ECD, contains downloadable resources including documents, reports and websites, and has a regional focus on Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. The website contains sections on the World Bank's ECD and HIV/AIDS initiative in sub-Saharan Africa as well as tools and manuals developed by the World Bank's ECD team

Facts for life

UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN'S FUND (UNICEF)
2002

Expand view

This book aims to put lifesaving knowledge about children‘s health into the hands of those who need it most: parents, caregivers, health workers, government officials, journalists and teachers. This edition has updated information on safe motherhood, early childhood development, nutrition, HIV/AIDS and other major causes of childhood illnesses and death. In simple language, it emphasises practical, effective, low-cost ways of protecting children‘s lives and promoting their development

From early child development to human development : investing in our children's future

YOUNG, Mary Eming
Ed
2002

Expand view

This conference report addresses the benefits and challenges of investing in early childhood development. Programmes that invest in children's basic needs: health, nutrition, emotional and intellectual development help ensure children's progress in primary school, through secondary school and then into the workforce.This in turn can help break the cycle of poverty. It concludes that the effectiveness of ECD programmes should be continually evaluated, and a deliberately planned global coalition to fund ECD initiatives should be pursued. The publication includes essential resource information that includes descriptions and case studies of successful early childhood development programmes throughout the world. Written in an accessible style, it is aimed at policymakers and practitioners

Manuals

Cleanliness for the child with cerebral palsy

BANERJEE, Ranu,
KUNDU, Madhuchhanda,
BASU, Ruma
1995

Expand view

This is one of a series of booklets giving advice on educating children with cerebral palsy in daily living skills. The clearly illustrated booklet outline techniques and strategies and explore problems

Dressing for the child with cerebral palsy

BANERJEE, Ranu,
KUNDU, Madhuchhanda,
SARKAR, Pratiti Basu
1995

Expand view

This is one of a series of booklets giving advice on educating children with cerebral palsy in daily living skills. The clearly illustrated booklet outline techniques and strategies and explore problems

Feeding for the child with cerebral palsy

BANERJEE, Ranu,
KUNDU, Madhuchhanda,
BANERJEE, Arundhuti
1995

Expand view

This is one of a series of booklets giving advice on educating children with cerebral palsy in daily living skills. The clearly illustrated booklet outline techniques and strategies and explore problems

Helping health workers learn : a book of methods, aids, and ideas for instructors at the village level

WERNER, David,
BOWER, Bill
1998

Expand view

This book on community health education provides a people-centered approach to health care and presents strategies for effective community involvement through participatory approaches. It discusses methods and experiences from at least 35 countries are discussed, focusing on the educational rather than medical. Activities suggested for the most effective and enjoyable community education include theatre, drawing, flannel boards, and other low-cost, popular teaching aids. It contains many illustrations, and is written in an accessible style

Toileting for the child with cerebral palsy

BANERJEE, Ranu,
KUNDU, Madhuchhanda,
GANGULY, Iti
1995

Expand view

This is one of a series of booklets giving advice on educating children with cerebral palsy in daily living skills. The clearly illustrated booklet outline techniques and strategies and explore problems

Studies

A new door opened : a tracer study of the Teenage Mothers Project, Jamaica

DEGAZON -JOHNSON, Roli
June 2001

Expand view

This tracer study assesses the impact of the teenage mothers project on a sample of the mothers and children who participated between 1986 and 1989. The project took an all-embracing approach that encompassed the development of the young women, stimulation and care for the babies, support in the home and contact with the babies' fathers. This report shows how 'a new door opened' for former participants in developing their resilience following the birth of their first child and arresting a negative life trend. The study also supports the position that interventions that promote parenting education, strong mother-child bonding and early stimulation can have a long-term positive development impact on children aged between one and three