Uniform standards for child development from 0 to 3 years presented in Kyrgyzstan

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Bishkek, 21 November 2016 – Today, experts from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) presented standards for child development from birth to 3 years in Kyrgyzstan. The presentation took place at a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Social Affairs, Education, Science, Culture and Public Health. Based on approved standards, experts have developed a manual on early child development from 0 to 3 years, and a diary on child development from 0 to 7 years. The presentation was dedicated to the Universal Children's Day – 20 November, when the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted.

It is planned that from next year, every newborn child and its parents at all the country’s maternity hospitals will receive the diary of child development. Based on it, parents and pediatricians will monitor physical, emotional and cognitive development of the child and its health.

The manual on early child development from birth to 3 years was presented in Parliament by Almaz Toktomametov, Head of the laboratory of preschool and primary school education at the Kyrgyz Academy of Education. The diary on child development was presented by Elvira Boronbaeva, Main Specialist at the Ministry of Health.

Given that 70% of preschool age children have no opportunity to attend educational institutions, the manual and dairy will help parents monitor child development and become aware of deviations at an early stage. In a broad sense, the standards represent a set of statements concerning what children at a given age should, as a minimum, know and be able to do. As there are individual variations in development, minor deviations are allowed for.

‘For the first time, Kyrgyzstan has adopted standards that will help parents and professionals keep track of the physical, emotional and cognitive development of the child at an early age, and its health’, said UNICEF Representative in Kyrgyzstan Yukie Mokuo. ‘International experience shows that children’s most intensive development takes place between birth and the age of 3. During the first years of life, a child's brain has a huge potential, activating 1000 brain cells every second’, she added.

The development of standards from 3 to 7 years were agreed upon and released in 2014.