EARLY JOURNEY OF LIFE - a parenting education program in Vietnam on early childhood development
The Early Journey of Life (EJOL) is a parenting education program which focuses on the first 1000 days of the child's life (phase 2021 – 2022). It was formerly called Learning Clubs for Women’s Health and Infant Health and Development, and is an intervention developed in a collaboration between the Research and Training Centre for Community Development (RTCCD) in Hanoi, Vietnam and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The innovation addresses maternal physical and mental health and child health and development from pregnancy until two years after birth.
Program Design for Parents
The EJOL intervention is a structured program combining perinatal stage-specific information, learning activities and social support. It comprises 20 sessions, in 19 accessible, facilitated groups for women at a community centre every two weeks from mid-pregnancy and every four weeks after childbirth until the end of the first postpartum year, and one home visit during the first postpartum week.
These twenty sessions, covering nine topics, are organised into five modules targeting perinatal essential knowledge and skills. In the first two modules, the program targets pregnant women and their husbands/ partners. From modules 3 to 5, the program targets the family unit as a whole including mothers, fathers and grandparents.
The program contributes to Vietnam's goals as a signatory to the Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development Framework and Care for Child Development are the two frameworks that are provided by both the WHO and UNICEF.
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The EJOL intervention is categorized into three modules with 20 sessions. Three modules are presented in the e-learning platform and parents are instructed to sign up and learn.
During the 18 months of learning online, parents and caregivers will be invited to visit commune health stations to join 3 sessions and practice pregnancy and childcare.
This hybrid model is suitable for rural and urban areas.
The online model targets families who could not arrange time to join any in-person practice session. Families will be invited to enrol into the e-learning platform and complete it. The online model is expected to deliver to industrial zone workers and busy parents in urban settings.