Lecture On The Early Childhood Development

16 - Feb - 2020

IUG Nursing Faculty in Corporation with the Ard El Insan Palestinian Association convened a scientific lecture about the Early Childhood Development through the Enhancement of Child Growth, Protection, and Development Project in Gaza, which is funded by UNICEF.

The Dean of Nursing Faculty Dr. Ashraf Al-Jedi welcomed the ample attendance, pointing out to the role of the Nursing faculty in training and qualifying the graduates through the education curriculum which depends on scientific and technical bases, keeping up with the ongoing incidents of the society. He, also, appreciated the effort of Ard El Insan Palestinian Association in fostering the project's activities.

Dr. Suad Lubbad, coordinator of the project, said that the brain of the child and its responses start working since the child is a fetus until he/she becomes 3 years old. She recommended that the child skills and hobbies should be taken seriously into consideration since an early age for the betterment of his future life.  

Mr. Redwan from Ard El Insan has pointed out that the brain of the child evolves during the first six months 50 percent of its growth. This span is indeed crucial in the regard of stimulating the child. This stimulation can be made through nutrition from the mother and character-building skills. These important factors are the responsibility shouldered by the parents in the first place; they should grant frequent and adequate love, support, encouragement, and giving opportunities to get involved in the society.

Mr. Redwan highlighted that nursing sector has a great role in improving children in the early childhood period. By nursing, he means that children should be observed, assessed and, enlightened. This can be provided by care centers, maternity hospitals, kindergartens, and schools.

"Assessing children depends on some materials, for example, cloth pieces and puppets. There are five aspects of assessment such as improving the linguistic aspect, communication, motor skills, cognition, social, emotional, and autonomy," said Mr. Abduallah Thaher.

"The aspect by which the natural growth of the child is assessed is performed by using the puppets and other games," Mr. Thaher confirmed. The natural responses that infants perform in the age of 3 months are also being measured such as smiles and paying attention to other movements.

He has also mentioned some dangerous factors hindering the natural growth of children brains. Some of these factors are the harsh economic and social situations, stress, type of nutrition, noise, violence, mother's behaviors, and other inherited factors. These may result in low achievement, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and autism, as well as deficiency and hyperactivity.