Nurturance, security, stimulation and love delivered through the parent-child relationship is where early childhood development begins. The social structures around the parent-child relationship, however, are of profound importance because the support, or in adverse instances – the neglect or hostility – they impart will affect the ability of the primary caregiver to nurture her child, impacting the quality of the relationship between them, and consequently the development of the child.
In this edition of Ilifa Insights, the relationship between the mother – or the primary caregiver – and the child, is explored within the context of the concentric circles of influence. Ilifa’s implementing partners have each discussed the ways in which their interventions attempt to mitigate the adverse environmental influences directed at the parent and the resultant effects this has had on her relationship with her child and the child’s development.
The projects outlined in this issue are:
1. Sinovuyo Caring Families Project
2. Philani Mentor Mothers
3. Inclusive ECD
4. Home Visiting Family&Community Motivator Programme
5. First 1000 Days Relationship Support Tool
6. #LovePlayTalk campaign
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