Early childhood development in China

We support children to have a healthy start in life free from harmful stereotypes, attitudes and practices.

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Promoting gender equality in kindergartens

After piloting a project on promoting gender equality in kindergartens in Jia County, Shaanxi Province, Plan International was able expand the project to other programme locations in Shaanxi and Yunnan in 2021, with the support of education authorities.

The project aims to raise awareness of gender equality among kindergarten principals and teachers and support them to build gender-inclusive classrooms. The “Gender Equality Toolkit for Kindergartens” created by this project has already been adopted by some kindergartens.

In the past year, this project has directly served 5,060 kindergarten teachers and 12,100 children.

Improving parenting

The first 3 years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a child’s development and this sets the foundation for lifelong health and wellbeing. It is crucial that children, especially in rural areas, receive proactive and gender-responsive nurturing care that meets their psychological and physical needs.

Therefore, Plan International is supporting women’s federations in organising and implementing training on family care and parenting to further improve parenting support systems in communities.

In 2021, we provided support to 70 child development centres so they could conduct parenting training for parents and caregivers. In addition, 256 family education instructors received training on parenting and gender equality.

In Shaanxi, our project has supported the establishment of 3 county-level family education centres which have educated 2,400 adults from 22 communities and 18 schools. In Ningxia, family education instructors conducted 246 family education training sessions in communities, schools and enterprises, and incorporated gender equality into their work.