We want all children to survive and to achieve their potential during the first years of life - through good health, nutrition, opportunities for early learning, responsive and supportive caregiving, safety and protection
We want parents and other family members, communities and services to adopt the principles of children’s rights to survive and thrive, leaving no child behind, and supporting child-centred and family-centred care and nurturing.
The good news is that there is a window of opportunity – from pregnancy up to a child’s successful entry into primary schooling – that can make a significant difference in a child’s life, boost a child’s development, and break the cycle of poverty and other disadvantages.
Because young children and their parents have holistic needs, to really make a difference they require support across key areas. This integrated approach to early childhood development is one of the most cost-effective ways to break cycles of inequity and inequality that occur generation after generation. It should include the following elements:
Through partnerships, we are interested in contributing to change in the following areas:
Meeting the needs of children and young people has been a cross-cutting theme across all previously funded programmes in the last ten years. Until the launch of Comic Relief’s ‘Survive and Thrive: Rise and Shine’ programme in January 2019, we did not have funding specifically dedicated to child survival and early childhood development. Comic Relief has previously supported work for children and young people that:
Through our previous education programme, Comic Relief funding for children and young people went towards:
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2. Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale. An Executive Summary for the Lancet’s Series (2016). https://www.thelancet.com/series/ECD2016
3. Woodhead, M. (2014). Early Childhood Development: Delivering inter‐sectoral policies, programmes and services in low‐resource settings.
4. World Health Organisation (2018). Nurturing care for early childhood development: a framework for helping children survive and thrive to transform health and human potential, p. 10.
5. World Health Organisation (2018). Nurturing care for early childhood development: a framework for helping children survive and thrive to transform health and human potential,