Through our ECCD programme, we are helping children learn:
• Reading and writing
• Numbers and counting
• Motor skills
• Emotional connection and secure attachments to their parents
• How to express feelings confidently through creative and sensory play
• Healthy coping mechanisms for the future
Early Childhood Care & Development
Our approach throughout all our interactions is holistic and family-centred. This can include work surrounding marital relationships and parent-child attachment. By empowering families, our specialists help to foster resilience that carries on beyond our sessions.
We set up an Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) programme for refugee children aged 0–6 called ‘Baytna’, which means ‘Our home’ in Arabic. Each of these children are Syrian, meaning that every child attending our programme has been born into the six-year-long war. Many will have experienced violence and prolonged periods of insecurity and stress, all of which can have a profound impact on their development. With our ECCD programme, we strive to give these children the opportunity to learn and play and to develop healthy and secure relationships.
The success of Baytna partly comes from our work on attachment between a parent and child. Our sessions include working with parents to alleviate stress, addressing trauma and supporting families in staying safe and healthy during transient and uncertain times. All this makes for an environment where children feel less stressed, experience joy and benefit from quality interactions within the group.