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.

There are 3 key philosophies that underpin our approach:

Mindful Play

The first is learning through play & mindfulness: One of the most important ways for a child to learn and develop is through play. Play arouses curiosity and stimulates imagination, which leads to discovery and creativity. Each day begins with a mindfulness activity that helps build a sense of belonging, and calm engagement. Playing mindfully helps children build connections - to themselves and the world around them. This nurtures their wellbeing and development and results in enhanced resilience, confidence and ability to play and learn.

Uplifting Communities

Secondly, we believe in uplifting women’s opportunities. Our programme utilises an untapped resource as the key-change agent: Mothers. Our Mamapreneurs are trained in early learning, child protection, children’s health, nutrition and wellbeing as well as vocational skills. They work with children, their caregivers & families and community leaders to truly create vibrant villages through play

Sustainable Solutions

Our final pillar is Sustainable Solutions. We believe in protecting, preserving and promoting our natural environment and cultural wisdom as much as possible by practicing culturally sustainable play. Our learning materials, games and activities are inspired by our vibrant villages and the resources we can easily find in our environments, or common household recyclables. This makes our programme not just sustainable, but easily scalable too.

Our Continued Growth

Continued Growth

New communities: With your continued support, we will be able to extend our reach to at least one new community per year.
Deepen our impact: We are also deepening our impact within existing communities by creating an integrated approach to holistic early childhood development – this includes focusing on health, nutrition, protection, parenting and nurturing care. An exciting project includes the development of a purpose built playgroup centre in Kavimba village which will be the first dedicated community early childhood space in the country.
Working with refugee communities: In partnership with UNHCR, we are starting a playgroup in Dukwi Refugee Camp, Botswana. The learnings from this project will enable us to develop a model for implementing playgroups and parenting programmes in refugee camps globally.

There are 3 key philosophies that underpin our approach:

Mindful Play

The first is learning through play & mindfulness: One of the most important ways for a child to learn and develop is through play. Play arouses curiosity and stimulates imagination, which leads to discovery and creativity. Each day begins with a mindfulness activity that helps build a sense of belonging, and calm engagement. Playing mindfully helps children build connections - to themselves and the world around them. This nurtures their wellbeing and development and results in enhanced resilience, confidence and ability to play and learn.

Uplifting Communities

Secondly, we believe in uplifting women’s opportunities. Our programme utilises an untapped resource as the key-change agent: Mothers. Our Mamapreneurs are trained in early learning, child protection, children’s health, nutrition and wellbeing as well as vocational skills. They work with children, their caregivers & families and community leaders to truly create vibrant villages through play.

Sustainable Solutions

Our final pillar is Sustainable Solutions. We believe in protecting, preserving and promoting our natural environment and cultural wisdom as much as possible by practicing culturally sustainable play. Our learning materials, games and activities are inspired by our vibrant villages and the resources we can easily find in our environments, or common household recyclables. This makes our programme not just sustainable, but easily scalable too.

Our Continued Growth

Continued Growth

New communities: With your continued support, we will be able to extend our reach to at least one new community per year.
Deepen our impact: We are also deepening our impact within existing communities by creating an integrated approach to holistic early childhood development – this includes focusing on health, nutrition, protection, parenting and nurturing care. An exciting project includes the development of a purpose built playgroup centre in Kavimba village which will be the first dedicated community early childhood space in the country.
Working with refugee communities: In partnership with UNHCR, we are starting a playgroup in Dukwi Refugee Camp, Botswana. The learnings from this project will enable us to develop a model for implementing playgroups and parenting programmes in refugee camps globally.

There are 3 key philosophies that underpin our approach:

Mindful Play

The first is learning through play & mindfulness: One of the most important ways for a child to learn and develop is through play. Play arouses curiosity and stimulates imagination, which leads to discovery and creativity. Each day begins with a mindfulness activity that helps build a sense of belonging, and calm engagement. Playing mindfully helps children build connections - to themselves and the world around them. This nurtures their wellbeing and development and results in enhanced resilience, confidence and ability to play and learn.

Uplifting Communities

Secondly, we believe in uplifting women’s opportunities. Our programme utilises an untapped resource as the key-change agent: Mothers. Our Mamapreneurs are trained in early learning, child protection, children’s health, nutrition and wellbeing as well as vocational skills. They work with children, their caregivers & families and community leaders to truly create vibrant villages through play.

Sustainable Solutions

Our final pillar is Sustainable Solutions. We believe in protecting, preserving and promoting our natural environment and cultural wisdom as much as possible by practicing culturally sustainable play. Our learning materials, games and activities are inspired by our vibrant villages and the resources we can easily find in our environments, or common household recyclables. This makes our programme not just sustainable, but easily scalable too.

Our Continued Growth

Continued Growth

New communities: With your continued support, we will be able to extend our reach to at least one new community per year.
Deepen our impact: We are also deepening our impact within existing communities by creating an integrated approach to holistic early childhood development – this includes focusing on health, nutrition, protection, parenting and nurturing care. An exciting project includes the development of a purpose built playgroup centre in Kavimba village which will be the first dedicated community early childhood space in the country.
Working with refugee communities: In partnership with UNHCR, we are starting a playgroup in Dukwi Refugee Camp, Botswana. The learnings from this project will enable us to develop a model for implementing playgroups and parenting programmes in refugee camps globally.