Community cluster


Early Childhood Development Programme

Funding Cycle: February 2015 to February 2018

Project Description

One of Kheth’Impilo’s approaches includes early Childhood Development (ECD) as a critical enabler to quality education and health and welfare services. The KI’s home-based Early Childhood Stimulation (ECHS) program targets HIV affected caregivers and children between 0-5years of age who are unable to access centre-based Early Childhood Development (ECD) services. Key components of the KI home- based ECHS model include: caregiver training, facilitation of age-specific playgroups, setting-up caregiver Circles of Support (CoS), mentoring and debriefing of Social Auxiliary Workers (SAW) and mobilizing community support.

The project support the development of children <5 years through improved parenting and child development skills within HIV affected households, while also addressing psycho-social and economic barriers that adversely affect early childhood development.

Our Social Auxiliary Worker (SAW) learners are able to specialise in ECD as part of their practicum and certification. This provides our health and psychosocial experienced Patients Advocates (PAs) with the skills of ECD practitioner to fill this critical role in our communities. Kheth’Impilo offers the only solution in South Africa where qualified Social Auxiliary workers have medical, psychosocial and ECD experience. A unique approach to education, access to social services and referral for the care giver.

The KI non-centre based ECD programme targets caregivers with children between 0-5 years of age who are unable to access centre based ECD programmes, particularly those affected and infected with HIV and TB.

Geographical location

EThekwini, ILembe, and Umsunduzi sub-districts in UMgungundlovu

Programme achievements

During this financial year, 1603 households enrolled and served with OVC/ECHS services, 1533 children under 5 years received age-appropriate Early Childhood Household Stimulation (ECHS), 1046 home visits were made. 374 Circles of Support (CoS) were held with 1533 children receiving growth monitoring. 1603 caregivers were trained on how to improve parent/caregiver-child interaction, household-safety and hygiene, health indicators, nutritional status, access to health.