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Our Bright Start Project promotes play-based interventions for early childhood development, improving bonding between caregivers and children. Benefits include improved cognitive and language skills, increased social-emotional development, enhanced creativity and imagination, and more.
Mentor Mothers guide caregivers through different activities and provide One-to-One Africa play mats to take home. Read more in our blog about why promoting attunement between caregivers and children provides for positive long-term outcomes.
Early childhood is a crucial period for child development, and fostering attunement between primary caregivers and children during this time can have profound implications for a child’s future.
One to One Africa’s Bright Start Project recognises the importance of play in early childhood development and promotes the use of play-based interventions to improve relationship development and overall well-being.
Here are some benefits of bonding and play for early childhood development:
- Improved cognitive and language skills
- Increased social-emotional development
- Enhanced creativity and imagination
- Strengthened problem-solving skills
- Boosted self-confidence and self-esteem
- Improved physical coordination and fine motor skills
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Enhanced parent-child attachment
- Increased ability to regulate emotions and behaviour
- Positive impact on mental health in later years.
At our Bright Start Project, Mentor Mothers guide caregivers through different play activities, which each family can then go and repeat at home. We run regular workshops to engage new activities and ideas – with one of our key features being our One to One Africa play mats, gifted to each primary caregiver.
Caregivers are then able to take the mat home to continue playing with their children, facilitating positive developmental outcomes in the home environment. The children also feel contained, knowing that – when the mat comes out, they can expect one-on-one bonding time.
One caregiver says: “I have a four-year-old at home, and I used to be very distant from her… I am very thankful to Bright Start as I can now bond with my child.”
The Bright Start Project recognises that cognitive development is not the sole factor in early childhood development, and highlights the importance of emotional connection and relationship building.
By promoting attunement between caregivers and children through play-based interventions, the project aims to support the healthy development of young children, laying the foundation for positive long-term outcomes.
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