Learn To Play approaches early childhood development at a child, caregiver, and community level. Whilst children are at the core of our programming, we work extensively with caregivers in the form of parenting programs and communities regarding advocacy. By acting in a systems-change model, we’re able to actively demonstrate the value of Early Childhood Development (ECD) to parents, stakeholders, and partners in a society where ECD is not yet seen as a necessity.
Our primary solution is the Rainbow Play Approach, a unique framework for holistic ECD developed by Learn to Play, which is delivered through playgroups for children aged 3-5. The second is the Go Baby Go model developed by World Vision which is delivered through caregiver group sessions and home visits for children aged 0-3.
Both programs utilize an untapped resource as the key change agent: Mothers.
In each community, Mamapreneurs are trained to establish community-initiated playgroups and deliver the Go Baby Go program to improve children’s holistic development through the Nurturing Care Framework. Primarily, recyclable and reusable materials, as well as natural materials from their local environment, are used to develop all our play & learn resources.
This means that the resources and people-power are readily available and the Playgroup can be delivered, scaled, and sustained at low cost.
Each community receives a ‘Playgroup in a Box’, containing everything that a team of mamapreneurs needs to run their own playgroup: a daily activity guide with culturally-sustainable play and mindfulness at its core; a low-cost resource development guide; stories, and other learning tools.