Nowadays, children are living in a diverse and challenging time. Children and childhood are exposed to various change, each influences the way children and childhood are constructed. The changes have eventually affect children wellbeing in general. There are several factor that influence children wellbeing, one of them is parenting. This conference aims to discuss children wellbeing and parenting. It attempts to seek how children wellbeing can be redefined.. It also aims to discuss the extent to which parenting needs to be redefined by including sociological changes. It is hoped that this seminar would provide a space where theories of children wellbeing and parenting can be negotiated and re-conceptualised.
We are now living in the era of globalization where most of the things in life are handled by modernization. The children living in the world today are for sure having different characteristics with those living in the earlier time. They are growing up with a highly sophisticated media and technological environment. In order to produce the future generation with high quality, educators should pay more attention and carefully prepare the education system for this generation.
Early childhood, the first five years of life, is a time of rapid cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional and motor development, and the most important period of development in a child's life. The development of a child's brain depends on environmental stimulation, especially on the quality of care and interaction that the child receives. Children who are nurtured and well cared for are more likely to fully develop cognitive, language, emotional and social skills; to grow up healthier; and to have higher self-esteem. Each of these areas is crucial to our well-being as adults, as our experiences in early childhood shape who we ultimately become. While home is the most important environment during early childhood, it is crucial that children are exposed to some form of quality early childhood services, such as those provided at early childhood development centers.
The Strategic Dialogue for Education Ministers (SEDM) held in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 13 September 2014, agreed to focus collaboration and interactions in the next two decades in 7 priority areas to address the issues and challenges, one of them is promoting early childhood care and education.
Early childhood care and education will be one of the main concerns of the region towards achieving universal pre-primary education by 2030. This includes giving special attention to disadvantaged groups who can benefit most from such programs, including children from poor families, those living in remote areas and of marginalized ethnic and linguistic communities, and children with disabilities and special learning needs.
Meanwhile parenting education programs also considered important in leveraging the quality of human development. Parenting education focuses on enhancing parenting practices and behaviors, such as developing and practicing positive discipline techniques, learning age-appropriate child development skills and milestones, promoting positive play and interaction between parents and children, and locating and accessing community services and supports. The following programs and resources have been useful in supporting parents and strengthening parenting skills.
The International Seminar on Early Childhood Care Education and Parenting 2017 (ISECCEP 2017), hosted by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Centre for Early Childhood Care Education and Parenting (SEAMEO CECCEP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) of Indonesia and SEAMEO Secretariat (SEAMES) bring together diverse stakeholders of ECCEP representing the governments of SEAMEO Member Countries as well as public and private education institutions. The seminar will be a platform for the participants to share new learning paradigms and practices, exchange their perspectives on current issues and concerns surrounding ECCEP practice in Southeast Asia and build regional consensus on how ECCEP can effectively contribute towards the improvement of human development at the region.