The Learning Initiative (TLI) has carefully and specifically developed the Blocks4Growth (B4G) programme which focuses on the concept of early stimulation in early childhood development in a holistic, effective and efficient manner. Focus is placed on the child and a supplementary goal is to build strong relationships with teachers and caregivers throughout communities. The fundamental belief is that each community member can be an individual block for growth and can contribute to building a strong foundation for quality education.
B4G focuses on 3 target areas:
All 4-5 year old children that have been identified to be at risk of falling developmentally behind their peers, receive therapy throughout the year in fun, interactive group sessions. A therapist-led team facilities the small groups at the creches twice a week to accelerate the holistic development of the children.
Through our screening we also identify children with severe developmental delays, psycho-social or medical concerns and they are referred to relevant government or non-profit organisations within the community for specialised and appropriate treatment. This ensures early identification and intervention.
An integral part of B4G is to equip parents to support their children’s development. Focus is placed on upskilling and empowering parents and promoting engagement with their children.
Fun, creative homework tasks are sent home after each group session.
Parents are invited to observe a therapy session once a term to provide insight to group activities and to learn effective ways of engaging with their child.
Two parent workshops are offered through the year where parents are provided with practical examples of early childhood stimulation and parenting skills, and they are introduced to the CareUp application as an additional resource to use at home.
Teachers attend weekly coaching sessions with our therapists which ensures transference of skills. All children in the classroom can benefit from our input and specific skills are reinforced within the classroom. Teachers are equipped to promote a healthy learning environment and to implement age appropriate activities.
B4G is an enable, a once off, intensive, specialized, high-quality, professional, therapeutic intervention. We provide children with the fishing rod, not the fish.