COVID 19 in Early Childhood Development
COVID 19 pandemic has brought about massive disruptive changes and is a threat across multiple sectors that are essential to children’s optimal development. COVID-19 threatens this precious opportunity for children in early childhood to develop healthy brains and lives. To reach their full potential, children need the components of nurturing care such as good health, adequate nutrition, security and safety, responsive caregiving, and opportunities for learning. The restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus have led to the closure of preschools and childcare centers, thus upsetting opportunities for early learning. The pandemic responses have disrupted health services and jeopardized families’ access to life-saving health and nutrition services. The restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus have led to the closure of preschools and childcare centers, thus upsetting opportunities for early learning. The economic fallout of the pandemic has exacerbated unemployment and poverty, resulting in stress among parents and caregivers, increased needs for parenting and family support and fewer resources available to protect and support children’s development
Services supporting the development of young children are likely suffering more than other education levels. In particular, the increase in enrollment in early childhood development services over recent years may be reversed because many community-based childcare programs have been forced to close due to public health measures and financial constraints. The pandemic thus is threatening to disrupt the early childhood development workforce with lasting effect because staff without salaries might leave the profession entirely.
Children are not the face of this pandemic. But they risk being among its biggest victims. While they have thankfully been largely spared from the direct health effects of COVID-19 the crisis is having a profound effect on their wellbeing. All children, of all ages around the globe are being affected. This is a universal crisis and, for some children, the impact will be lifelong. With such dilemma, more attention should be given by each families especially the parents in monitoring their children and putting much more effort towards children’s mental health and learning.
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