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On 18 November 2016, a team consisting of a paediatrician, nurse, community health visitor, and social worker came together for the session titled “KIDS 0-3: Collaborative Practice in a Trans-Disciplinary Home Visitation Programme”. They shared their journey and reflections in conceptualising, preparing and implementing an integrated programme spanning both the health and social service domains.
Speakers from KK Women's and Children's Hospital:
1. Dr Yang Jing Hui – KIDS 0-3 Doctor Associate Consultant
2. Ms Valerie Goh – KIDS 0-3 Social Worker
3. Ms Low Tok Cheng – KIDS 0-3 Nurse
4. Ms Bavani Govindarasu – KIDS 0-3 Community Health Visitor
Designations as of 18 November 2016.
What is the KIDS 0-3 Programme?
KIDS 0-3 programme started as a pilot programme in July 2014, led by KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in collaboration with AMKFSC Community Services Ltd, and supported by Temasek Foundation Cares. In July 2016, KIDS 0-3 also commenced delivering similar services to families under the antenatal home visitation programme of KidSTART that is supported by the Early Childhood Development Agency (EDCA).
Aims of the KIDS 0-3 Programme
Using a trans-disciplinary, key worker approach, KIDS 0-3 aims to provide early intervention through integrated health and social service support to vulnerable pregnant mothers and their families. Its primary focus is to ensure that vulnerable children receive early stimulation and emotional security from their caregivers during their early years so that they can attain a good start in life.
The Importance of Early Childhood Development
Safe, stable and nurturing relationships form the foundation for a conducive environment for optimising a child’s development. As such, KIDS 0-3 Programme has crafted their intervention to build parents and caregivers’ capacity to support their child’s growth.
How Trans-disciplinary Keyworkers Support Parents in KIDS 0 – 3
In KIDS 0-3, the Keyworker (main contact person from the service) is either a Nurse or Community Health Visitor (CHV), depending on the age of the child. They play multi-faceted roles in the journey with the families:
How Keyworkers are Supported in the KIDS 0-3 Team
Recommendations from the Intervention Team