Health Care for ECD
The importance of caregiver-child interactions for the survival and healthy development of young children: a review

A WHO commissioned paper reviews theory and evidence on the importance of caregiver-child relationships for the survival and healthy development of children from birth to three years of age. 

Who is it for? 

For use by Early Child Development (ECD) ECD practitioners who want to understand the science behind caring and loving caregiver-child interactions and how to improve them through intervention.  

Why is it useful? 

  • The review brings an evolving understanding of the importance of caregiver-child interactions to the child’s survival and healthy development;  
  • It shows that caregivers in all cultures demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness towards infants and young children. However, the form of the caregiver’s actions may vary considerably from one cultural milieu to another; 
  • The review exposes several areas in which much research is needed. 
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