aRe Bapaleng is a Sotho word for “Let’s Play”. Learning through play forms a big part of the way children develop and this is the core of what we are trying to communicate to primary caregivers. Play sparks imagination, enhances creativity and problem-solving capacities, promotes teamwork, and instills empathy.
Why does the project exist?
The early years of a child’s development are critical to building a solid foundation for their future. A whole host of factors need to be present to ensure that children develop optimally. The reality is that many children do not have the benefit of these vital ingredients that are crucial for enabling them to have a better future.
What is the project about?
It is a dedicated project that seeks to capacitate parents and primary caregivers of young children in under-served communities. The focus is on providing parents and caregivers with the content, skills, tools and resources that will ensure their understanding of the critical role they play in shaping the life of their children.
What is Seriti Institute's role?
On raising awareness around the importance of ECD, and providing information and tools to help parents and caregivers. We do this through community radio stations and newspapers, engaging directly with parents and caregivers, and working with community members to distribute information and activity packs.
Who have we partnered with?
This initiative was born from a partnership between Seriti Institute and Standard Bank South Africa. In addition, Seriti is working closely with many partner organisations in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) space to ensure parents and caregivers in under-served communities benefit from the project.
Which communities do we reach?
The programme is specifically targeted at supporting under-served communities in the Tshwane metropolitan municipality. The townships include, Soshanguve, Temba, Stinkwater and Hammanskraal. The project has expanded into Alexandra township which is in the City of Johannesburg municipality in Gauteng.
Early Childhood Development & Areas of Learning
What is ECD all about?
Early Child Development or ECD refers to the way a child grows and learns from birth to age eight; it includes many different areas such as learning to walk and talk.
Why is ECD important?
How a child develops in the early years affects their ability to succeed throughout their life. A strong foundation will allow them to reach their full potential.
Areas of child’s development?
From when they are born young children are learning many different things. From how to use their bodies and minds to how to express what they want and how they feel.
Learning through play?
Children develop skills through play – like how babies learn to crawl or walk. They are naturally curious and learn by trying different things by exploring the world around them.
Supporting learning at home
This is a guide for primary caregivers or everyone who lives with children. It is divided into three parts.
• Part 1 provides up-to-date information on Covid-19 to help you keep your family safe from the disease.
• Part 2 offers you support and ideas for helping children to learn at home while schools are closed.
• Part 3 gives guidance on how to set up daily routines.