For some time now Thandanani has wanted to expand its OVC Family Strengthening Model by introducing activities aimed at enhancing the cognitive well-being and development of young children.
In the last few months we have developed a home based early childhood development (ECD) program with the help of dlalanathi & Singakwenza – two local organisations with extensive ECD experience – and will be rolling this program out between October 2015 and September 2017.
The overall aim of the program is to positively impact on the cognitive; emotional, physical & social well-being of children in the critical early stages of their development by creating an understanding of basic early childhood development concepts and a culture of intentional engagement by caregivers of their children within the context of their own homes.
The programme is exciting as it involves teaching caregivers the importance of play and demonstrating how they can use play to enhance their child’s development. Also exciting is the fact that the program will teach caregivers how to make educational toys and games using waste materials and everyday objects they have in the home!
In the months ahead, we look forward to seeing caregivers spending more time intentionally playing with and developing their children as a result of this program!