Resource Modules for Home Visitors

Together, UNICEF and ISSA have developed a set of Resource Modules for Home Visitors intended to better equip home visitors with the latest knowledge and tools to support and engage with the families of young children.

Drawing upon the most recent scientific evidence, the modules have been developed through a consultative process involving international and regional experts, national trainers and home visiting professionals. They can be delivered through various training methods and adapted to train other service providers.

These modules empower home visitors to take a strengths-based approach that promotes nurturing relationships between the caregiver and child as well as contributing to risk reducution by supporting and referring families to other services when necessary. 

The modules are rich with many different tools. They provide ample opportunity for the learner to be actively engaged in reflection and deliver guidance on the knowledge, skills, attitudes and practices required by home visitors in their  “new and enriched role ”.  These tools can support home visitors to work in partnership with families, to support parents and caregivers, and empower them to provide the best possible environment for their young children.

We trust that training courses based on these modules will enable home visitors to develop positive, respectful and sensitive relationships with parents empowering them to make informed decisions and take positive action with regard to the development and all-round wellbeing of their young children.


The Resource Modules for Home Visitors are available here to download.

Introduction to Home Visiting Modules

Module 1: THE EARLY CHILDHOOD YEARS - a time of endless opportunities

Module 2: THE NEW ROLE OFTHE HOME VISITOR

Module 3: IMCI, IYCF and CARE and CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Module 4: FALLING IN LOVE - promoting parent-child attachment

Module 5: ENGAGING FATHERS

Module 6: THE ART OF PARENTING - love, talk, play, read

Module 7: PARENTAL WELLBEING

Module 8: COMMON PARENTING CONCERNS

Module 9: HOME ENVIRONMENT AND SAFETY

Module 10: CARING AND EMPOWERING - enhancing communication skills for home visitors

Module 11: WORKING AGAINST STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION - promoting equity, inclusion and respect for diversity

Module 12: CHILDREN WHO DEVELOP DIFFERENTLY - children with disabilities or developmental difficulties

Module 13: DEVELOPMENTAL MONITORING AND SCREENING

Module 14: KEEPING YOUNG CHILDREN FREE FROM VIOLENCE, ABUSE AND NEGLECT

Module 15: WORKING WITH OTHER SERVICES

TRAINER GUIDE


Additional modules on a variety of topics related to early childhood development are currently in preparation.

For more information you can contact:  Zorica Trikic ztrikic@issa.nl and Deepa Grover degrover@unicef.org

The modules can be also be accessed at UNICEF’s website.