Childcare in Humanitarian Settings

May 17, 2022 – Children and families in humanitarian emergencies around the world lack affordable, accessible, and high-quality childcare. This is especially important during the acute onset stage of emergencies, where no existing childcare models are available and service delivery is more challenging. This lack of childcare has significant consequences for the roughly 59 million children living in crisis around the world, as well as for their families. Childcare programmes provide care for children provide opportunities for children to play, learn, grow and develop through interactions and relationships. For children, high-quality childcare provides opportunities to socialize with peers, interact with the environment and build strong and close relationships with caregivers. It can provide a critical space to manage stress, which is essential for children facing conflict and crisis.