Nutrition, health, and psychosocial support
A nutritious meal is provided for all children attending early learning play groups. In some instances the meal is prepared by Cotlands, but wherever possible we have partnered with existing feeding schemes.
In order to deliver an integrated service to our children, a nurse and social visits the early learning groups. The nurse conducts routine screenings of children’s general health, measures and weighs the children to check for stunted growth and poor nutrition, screens children for symptoms of illness, including HIV and TB, and checks immunization cards for defaulters.
The social worker determines which children do not have access to social grants and assists the family to access grants if they are eligible. S/he also ensures that all orphaned or abandoned children are legally placed with their primary caregivers. Families are supported to enrol children into formal schooling once they turn 6. Together with the early learning facilitator, the social worker will observe children for signs of neglect or abuse.
The nurse and social worker will visit the families of any children flagged with possible health or psychosocial concerns at home.