Early childhood development supports children’s development from pregnancy to the start of primary school - Theirworld is campaigning for urgent action to make sure all children have access to the full range of nurturing care.

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Theirworld Edinburgh Birth Cohort

Theirworld Edinburgh Birth Cohort

This project is a research programme which studies the long-term effects of early birth. The study includes social, educational and clinical information. It is the first research initiative in the world to investigate perinatal brain injury this comprehensively.​


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Childcare (early childhood development)

Learn about why childcare is such an important issue. it affects families and communities across the globe, especially in poor or disadvantaged communities, preventing children from reaching their full potential in education and in life.

Child nutrition (early childhood development)

An explanation of child nutrition and how it contributes to allowing children's brains and bodies to develop properly.

Early childhood development

Learn about how early childhood development supports children’s nurturing care and development from birth to age five- and how Theirworld is campaigning for urgent action to make sure all children have access to the full range of nurturing care.

Health and education convergence

Learn about health and education convergence, where the idea came from and how it works in practice.


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Bright and Early: How financing pre-primary education gives every child a fair start in life (June 2017)

A severe lack of investment in early years education is putting millions of children at a disadvantage before they even start school, warns a report from Theirworld.

Safe Spaces Brief: Protecting Brain Development in Emergencies (February 2017)

While humanitarian responses typically focus on the physical needs of children ages 0 to 5, negative experiences caused by crisis can also lead to poor cognitive and socioemotional development, hampering future learning and increasing the risk for long term health and behaviour problems. Early childhood programmes that provide nurturing care, a safe environment to play and learn, and support for caregivers ensure children not only survive, but have the best start for a good future.

Safe Spaces Brief: Protecting The Most Vulnerable in Emergencies and Disasters (February 2017)

February 17, 2017 &emdash; Despite the tremendous need, early childhood development remains seriously under-prioritised in emergency response. This brief outlines the shortfalls in the provision of Safe Spaces for children to grow and thrive in emergency, conflict, or vulnerable environments.

Investing in early years can give every child equal chance at success - says report by Kanco and Theirworld (November 24, 2016)

November 24, 2016 &emdash; A new report from KANCO and children’s charity Theirworld says that Kenya has made progress over the past fifteen years in improving access to early years care – but more action is needed to ensure every child has the best start in life. Without it, children from the poorest and most marginalised groups will continue to be left behind their peers and unable to fulfil their potential at work and in the community.