Our early childhood development centre focuses on promoting experiences and learning to prepare and promote the potential of early childhood in physical, emotional, social, mental and cognitive processes.
The National Institute for Child and Family Development is the institute that collects and disseminates knowledge on children and families to drive public policy. Moreover, it has an Early Childhood Development Centre. It is a demonstration centre providing childcare services and early childhood preparation. We develop a model for early childhood development by applying knowledge of both science and social sciences related to early childhood care. We promote development and provide experiences that contribute to early childhood development to prepare and promote children's potential in physical, emotional, social, mental and cognitive processes.
This project provides services for early childhood care from 1 year 3 months to 2 years 11 months, using the model to promote experiences for early childhood children based on the concept of Ayatana six. It is an activity designed based on brain-based learning and play-based learning through the six senses, such as eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind, to enhance the cognitive experience of children during the period when the brain can be fully developed and promote experiences for early childhood children. Teachers will develop a teaching and learning experience by teaching about the mind by using ten Mental properties (strength, giving, tolerance, good deeds, honesty, gentleness, perseverance, non-anger, non-violence, and devotion) as the basis for self-improvement in living happily with others and focusing on promoting learning experiences by using nature-based outdoor learning. Teachers will integrate activities to promote age-appropriate development to their fullest potential and promote education aligned with future skills. In addition, the Early Childhood Demonstration Project is a practice platform that collects practical hours of learners in the 21st Century Childcare Curriculum to provide learners with a comprehensive early childhood care experience and develop caregivers' skills to their full potential and effectiveness.
In addition, we open a "Breastfeeding Room", which is available for mothers and babies at the National Institute for Child and Family Development, Mahidol University, Salaya Campus. Breast milk is essential for child development, as shown in substantial research. It influences the infant's brain development, learning skills, health, and bonding between the mother and baby. With this importance, all countries worldwide signed an agreement and announced the policy that all countries have to promote exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months.
The developed countries in Western Europe and Scandinavia support exclusive breastfeeding more than 90 percent. In contrast, the least developed country and developing country including Thailand encourages exclusive breastfeeding less than 20 percent. According to the in-depth studies found that everyone attaches great importance to academic knowledge but in practice, the organization does not support exclusive breastfeeding, and also the main obstacle is the lifestyle of working mothers such as working in the industrial, commercial, or agricultural sectors that may be the barrier to the success among mothers planning to exclusively breastfeed. Therefore, breastfeeding room project at the work place focus on solving the problems as mentioned above.
The institute intends to create a breastfeeding room as an example for every organization, no matter how large. Employers should encourage and support staff in breastfeeding. The breastfeeding room at NICFD is open to all new mothers from other departments at Mahidol University.
Participants can use this area to prepare milk for their babies. The institute intends to create a breastfeeding room as an example for every organization, increase awareness in breastfeeding, and also lay the emphasis on organization policy to ensure good health and well-being in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).