New partnership to build capacity of early years nurses in Israel

Published April 25, 2019

Earlier this month over 150 people attended a conference to launch a major new partnership in Israel that will strengthen the capacity of nurses working in Tipat Halav (maternal and child health centres) to support parents through their children’s first years of life.

Photo: Courtesy of Goshen

A partnership between the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the Yad Hanadiv Rothschild Foundation, the non-governmental organisation Goshen and the Ministry of Health, this national initiative forms part of the Ministry’s new First 1,000 Days Strategy to improve the services provided to families with babies and toddlers. It also forms part of BvLF’s Parents+ strategy in Israel.

There are around a thousand Tipat Halav in Israel, and they are an excellent way to engage parents, with a 97% participation rate – but in recent years their funding has not kept pace with the increase in the population of young children and the evolving needs of families. The partnership is currently in its development phase and the first cohort of nurse leaders will begin training in October 2019.

Photo: Courtesy of Goshen

The conference was opened by the Director General of the Ministry of Health, with further contributions from Yarom Ariav – a former Director General of the Ministry of Finance who is now a trustee of the Bernard van Leer Foundation – and presentations on behavioural economics in relation to behaviour change among parents, by BvLF consultant Ariel Tikotsky, and the recently launched HOP! Magic Moments campaign.

BvLF funded renowned neuroscientist Patricia Kuhl to participate as a keynote speaker, and her presentation on “setting the architecture of the brain in the early years” was widely covered in Israeli media, for instance this feature in Haaretz.

See Patricia’s Kuhl’s full lecture below and more on the event on Goshen’s website.