Our Programme

The KYB programme concentrates on the “foundation years” of a child’s life – those critical years between the ages of 0-9. Young children need love and care, sufficient nutrition, a stimulating environment and access to services that enable them to grow and thrive.

We’ve focussed on the Midvaal community, where we help early childhood development (ECD) practitioners comply with municipal regulations. This can take many forms, such as ensuring that buildings are safe for use and that children are fed properly. 

Alongside this, we also help the municipality find children that aren’t in formal crèches. Here we apply a different model – the Day Mother model - where we find and train ordinary people to give children similar outcomes.

For older children, we collaborate with the Department of Education, and we’re currently working with seven schools in the area. Starting with Grade R (age 5), we will track these children until they get to Grade 3, aged 9.

Through facilitating the partnership, here’s what we do:

  • We supplement nutrition & foundational learning materials
  • We build capacity in local government to plan, budget and manage provision of early childhood development services
  • We enable crèches and day mothers to register for sustainable subsidies
  • We train practitioners to deliver and monitor care, nutrition and learning
  • We upgrade practitioners’ qualifications to NQF Level 4 and beyond
  • We educate and mobilise parents to drive service delivery
  • We enable Grade R learners to be ready for formal schooling

The KYB programme plays a supporting role to municipalities, helping them review their own policies so that they play both a developmental and a regulatory role in the lives of children. We also believe that creating awareness within the community is key, so that if people want to initiate a similar ECD programme, they can.

Are you a municipality or a private sector company that wants to invest in early childhood development? Contact us to find out how.