Ntataise Championship Collaborates with the Caregiver Learning Through Play Programme to Revolutionise Early Childhood Development in South Africa.

The Caregiver Learning Through Play (CLTP) programme aims to equip caregivers in South Africa with the skills and knowledge to support early childhood development through responsive care and play.

By focusing on interactive and playful learning methods, the programme enhances caregiver-child bonding and promotes key developmental milestones for children from birth to six years old. This initiative offers practical tools and strategies, often incorporating local customs and traditions, to make learning engaging and culturally relevant.

The programme has been implemented successfully by a consortium of early childhood development (ECD) partner organisations including, Save the Children South Africa, HOPE worldwide South Africa, Ntataise and Early Learning Resource Unit (ELRU) and Save the Children South Africa over the past three years.

A ground-breaking collaboration between the Ntataise Championship and the CLTP programme is set to elevate ECD initiatives across South Africa before the end of 2023.

Elevating ECD through Game-Based Learning

The Ntataise Championship, a Game-Based Learning Digital platform, has earned its reputation as an effective tool to empower ECD practitioners in South Africa. This year, the programme is extending its reach to include families and caregivers directly. Interactive games and challenges within the championship enable parents to acquire essential skills and knowledge in responsive care and learning through play for children aged birth to six.

Ntataise ECD Championship 2023

This innovative tool fosters a supportive community, facilitates better communication, and ensures that caregiving practices are both impactful and enjoyable.

The Ntataise Championship is a great way to get involved with the CLTP programme, learn as you play and win amazing prizes. All caregivers, ECD practitioners and parents of young children can participate in the championship. To take part, you need to register on the Ntataise App, available at http://app.ntataise.org. Once you’ve registered on the App, you can join the fun immediately. Log in, click the ‘Lucky Draw’ button, and follow the steps for a chance to win a R1,000 voucher.

The championship starts on 1 November and the Lucky Draw winner will be announced on November the 2nd. Don’t miss this chance to explore, play and win exciting prizes!

The Role of CLTP

In collaboration with the Ntataise Championship, the CLTP programme focuses on equipping caregivers with vital skills to support children’s development through responsive care and play. The initiative provides practical, culturally relevant tools and strategies.

Why Ntataise Community Networks Matter

The championship gains considerable strategic advantages by tapping into Ntataise community networks. These networks:

·       Boast established credibility, making community engagement more effective.

·       Perfectly align with the championship’s target audience, as they already serve parents and caregivers of children aged birth to 6.

·       Understand the unique challenges of South African communities, ensuring cultural sensitivity.

·       Offer avenues for multi-sectoral partnerships, attracting additional resources and expertise.

·       Provide a framework for long-term sustainability through community ownership.

·       Enable real-time feedback, facilitating data-driven improvements.

Last-Mile Strategy for Maximum Reach

The use of established Ntataise networks ensures the initiative reaches even the most vulnerable and marginalised families. This strategy enhances the initiative’s reach, accelerates its adoption, and underscores its sustainability and cultural relevance.

By merging the strength of both the Ntataise Championship and the CLTP programme, this initiative aims to create a lasting impact in the field of Early Childhood Development in South Africa.