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First 1000 days

The “first 1000 days” is the period from conception to a child’s second birthday. It is the most important time in our children’s lives; good nutrition, proper health care and early learning are three vital factors that are essential for a baby’s holistic development. If a country invests in the #first1000days it has long-term health, stability and prosperity outcomes for their society. 

Did you know?

Inadequate nutrition is the leading cause of death in young children throughout the world? In the first 1000 days (conception to 2 years of age) proper nutrition, health care and early stimulation has a profound impact on the child’s ability to grow, learn and develop. Children who are malnourished during this period do not optimally grow and develop, either physically or mentally. Their brains are smaller than normal and this results in long lasting behavioural and cognitive challenges.

Cooking with your children

Cooking with your children helps them develop in many ways. When children cook they learn to follow directions and they stimulate and use all five senses. They learn to recognise colours and shapes from the different kinds of foods and kitchen utensils. They have an opportunity to use different tools and equipment to improve small muscle co-ordination; developing their fine motor skills.

Playing with sand

When children play in the sand they find it soothing to bury their hands in the sand and to pour sand in and out of cups, buckets and other containers. They have an opportunity to play alone and not have to compete with other children as with some activities. They have a great opportunity to learn about size and measurement, experimenting with measuring spoons, cups and different sized containers

Did you know?

A child’s brain development is “activity dependant”? This means that the child’s brain development is heavily dependent on early sensory experiences. Parents should respond to their baby’s cues by touching, holding, comforting, rocking, singing and talking to their little ones. This is the best kind of stimulation for their growing brains.

Sensory development activities

Essential tips on how you can stimulate your babies senses to develop neural pathways in the brain. Click here to find out what play-based activities can stimulate your baby’s cognitive development. 

Fantasy play

When children play in the fantasy area they understand what it feels like to play by being somebody other than themselves. They learn about occupations. They role-play what they have seen or experienced. They work through emotions. By interacting with dolls and toys they strengthen their verbal and social skills too. They work through emotions. They learn how to use their imagination. They learn how to co-operate with other children which develops their social skills.

Did you know?

There are a variety of skill areas that need to be developed in children, hence the term “holisitic development”. Click on the link to learn more about different skill areas that parents should focus on to encourage holistic development.

Role of parents

Parents have a major influence on a child’s development. It is a parent’s responsibility to encourage, support and provide access to play-based activities that help children develop different skills. We’d like to share some useful tips on the role of an adult in encouraging children to learn through play. 

Tips to help children during lockdown

Here are some great tips to help young children with their social and emotional development during the lockdown when they have limited interaction with their friends.

Five types of play

There are five types of play that can develop a child holistically? Give your child a balanced “play diet” by engaging in these five types of play. To learn more, click here.

Celebrating your culture

It is important to celebrate #HeritageMonth with our children. It is an opportunity to teach them to appreciate not only their own culture but to also understand, respect and appreciate other people’s cultures too. We’ve shared some activities that you can carry out with your children to teach them about our proudly South African Heritage.

Did you know?

Children develop more rapidly during the first two years than at any other time in their life. 60% of their brains develop within these first two years. Click here to learn more about how your baby’s brain develops.

Skills for our future workforce

The Fourth Industrial Revolution will use smart technology to automate manufacturing and industrial practices. This will require our future workforce to have some essential skills: creativity, critical thinking, complex problem solving and emotional intelligence. We need to invest in these type of skills during the first five years of a child’s life, laying the foundation for future success.

Click here to view practical science, engineering and maths activities to develop future work skills.

Nursery rhymes provide a variety of learning opportunities for your little ones that develops them holistically.

Click here to find out how nursery rhymes develop a child’s language and communication skills and more.