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Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres
How do parents and caregivers find out if the Early Childhood Development (ECD)centre they want to send their child to is accredited?
Which documents do caregivers need to provide in order for their child to be accepted into an Early Childhood development (ECD)centre?
What is a means test?
Identifying hearing and eyesight problems
Are there any ‘red flags’ that parents should watch out for in baby’s first year that could indicate their baby’s language is not developing as it should?
Ear infections can cause hearing loss. What is glue ear?
Bonding with baby
How would one encourage pregnant women and mothers to look after themselves and ensure they stay happy and healthy?
How can one offer good support to pregnant or new mothers?
Early Childhood Development (ECD) practices
Why is it important to develop a good relationship with your baby and young child?
What can I, as a parent, do with my baby to stimulate learning and brain development?
Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)
What damage does alcohol do to a baby’s brain during pregnancy and how does consuming alcohol affect my baby once he or she is born??
What is FASD?
How does one take control of your drinking if you’re pregnant or trying to have a baby?
Where can I get help to assist me to stop drinking alcohol?
Child Health (Side-by-Side campaign)
What is Side-by-Side?
What is the goal of Side-by-Side?
What are the 5 elements of care that the Side-by-Side campaign is built around?
What is the Road to Health booklet (RTHB)?
How to connect with Side-by-Side?
My child will be going to an Early Child Development (ECD) centre, what should I look out for?
What is important to look out for within the ECD classroom setting?
What should the discipline policy be at an Early Child Development (ECD) centre?
What should I look out for in the Play area of an Early Child Development (ECD) centre?
What are the important things to note around the ablutions (bathroom and toilet area) at an Early Child Development (ECD)?
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Why do toddler tantrums happen?
Is there a way you can avoid or prevent a tantrum?
Children with mental disabilities
What are some of the red flags that parents should watch out for in terms of social, mental and emotional development?
What should caregivers and parents look out for as their child develops to make sure they pick up any delays early enough?
Deworming Myths and Truths
How does a child become infected with worms?
How does one treat a baby’s worm infection?
Tracking healthy growth
Why should my baby have regular check-ups?
How does each chart in the Road to Health Booklet (RTHB) work and what does it mean for your baby?
Why are there other lines on the 3 charts in the Road to Health Booklet (RTHB) and what do they mean?
Measles infection and prevention
What is measles?
What are the symptoms of measles?
How does the measles virus spread?
How long can the virus stay active and when can a person spread the virus?
Why is it important that all children receive the measles vaccination?
How can parents protect their children from the measles virus?
How would parents know if their child is protected against the measles virus?
How does the measles vaccine work?
What should parents and caregivers do if they are not sure whether their child is vaccinated or not against measles?
Could a child still get measles if he/she is fully vaccinated?
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What exactly is discipline and why do children need positive discipline?
What can help parents get onto the road of positive parenting and positive discipline?
Caring for a young child with diarrhoea
Why is diarrhoea so dangerous for babies and young children?
If a parent or caregiver sees the signs of serious diarrhoea in the baby or young child, what should they do?
Registering birth of baby
Why is it important for a child to have a birth certificate?
What is the Child Support Grant and how does one apply for it?
Good Hygiene practices in the home
Why is it important for the home to have access to clean water?
What are some of the key family practices in home health and hygiene that can prevent children and adults from getting sick?
Raising an HIV positive child
What treatment is available for babies and children if they are living with HIV?
What if the baby or little child doesn’t like the taste and won’t take the medication?
Contraceptives and dual protection methods
What is the right contraception to use after having a baby and when do you need to start using contraception after having a baby?
Which contraceptives can women use if they are breastfeeding?
Which contraceptives can’t be used when breastfeeding?
Identifying physical developmental delays
What is meant by a ‘developmental delay’?
What are the potential causes of developmental delays?
HIV positive and pregnant
How will I know if my baby is HIV positive after being born?
What are the ways that the baby could contract HIV and what can be done to prevent this?
Caring for a young child with a chest infection
Are there any common home remedies that parents should avoid when baby has a chest infection?
What should one look out for if you are worried that it may be more than just a cold or flu?
GBV in the home environment
How does one recognise the cycle of violence?Abusive relationships generally follow a cycle of violence and recognising this and knowing what it looks like is the first step in learning how to break and escape the cycle of violence and abus
What are some of the steps women can take against domestic violence and abuse?
How does domestic abuse affect unborn children?
Creating a home learning environment
Why is play is important for children as they grow up?
Do children play as much now as they used to?
Families living with HIV
How should families care for a new baby born to an HIV positive mom?
What advice is there for families living with HIV?
Is HIV/AIDS still a disease we must worry about?
Safety in the home
Is there always a risk of drowning, even when children play in shallow water?
What can we do to avoid choking and suffocating in babies and small children?
What are the dangers of obesity for young children?
What can parents do to prevent their children becoming overweight and obese?
Creating books and stories at home
What can young children learn from stories and how significant is it in their development?
What is the best way to tell stories to young children?
Physical development in children
How do children develop physically?
What is a motor skill?
What are the differences between gross motor skills and fine motor skills?
Developing literacy in children
How does early literacy develop?
How can parents help babies and young children develop these early literacy skills?
The role of the caregiver in a baby’s life
What can we do to help children feel safe and secure?
What is the role of the parent in their child’s early development?
Caring for your child's teeth
Do I need to buy a toothbrush for my baby?
What is the best way to clean baby’s teeth?
TB - you, your child and your family
what are the symptoms of Tuberculosis (TB) in babies, toddlers and children?
What does one do if babies and children test positive for TB?
What should parents look out for in baby’s physical development in the early weeks and months?
Do babies and children learn through their senses?
The role of play in your child’s life
Why is play so important?
What are the benefits for children in playing?
Benefits of breastfeeding
How often should you breastfeed?
What are the benefits of bonding with your child while breastfeeding?
Safety in and around the home
What are some water safety tips?
What about other dangers around the house? What should parents look out for?
What to do when a child is choking?
HIV - you, your child and your family
What is HIV and AIDS?
Is there a cure for HIV and AIDS?
How can a HIV positive mother protect her baby from getting HIV when they are breastfeeding?
Maternal mental health
Why do young moms often struggle with emotional stress over this period?
Why is it a very difficult time for mothers and carers of new babies?
Why don’t new moms find help maternal depression?
How can pregnant women and mothers be encouraged to look after themselves and ensure they stay happy and healthy?
Are there some things you should say to pregnant women and mothers to reassure them?
The role of fathers/partners
Should the newly born baby be left alone exclusively with its mother?
How can fathers/partners assist when the baby is very little and breastfeeding?
Social and emotional development
What is social and emotional development and why do we link them together?
What are the developmental milestones for social and emotional development in babies and toddlers?
Benefits of bonding with your baby
Why is bonding with your baby during pregnancy important?
How can parents-to-be create this bonding space?
What is the role of older siblings in this bonding period?
Do girls and boys think differently?
Should girls and boys be raised and treated differently?
Parenting support resources
What can friends or family do to support and assist pregnant moms and new mothers?
Which organisations and services are available to women to support them?
Danger signs and mom’s health during pregnancy
What happens if a pregnant mom has an already existing health condition?
Which other danger signs should all pregnant women look out for?
Why is good food and nutrition important for children?
How do you start introducing new foods to your baby?
Are there special ways to prepare babies’ food?
And what can absent fathers do to support their young children’s development?
If father and mother qualify for the Child Support Grant, what can dad do to register for this?
Recording development & monitoring growth with the (RTHB)
How does the RTHB help parents with nutrition and growth?
How is baby’s growth recorded on the RTHB charts and what danger signs should parents watch out for?
Baby’s growth from birth
What is the best way for parents to know if their little ones are growing well?
Where and how can parents get Road to Health Booklets for their baby?
How is baby’s growth recorded on the charts and which danger signs should we look out for?
First 1000 days
What are the first 1000 days and why are they so important?
What happens if you don’t pay attention during these first 1000 days?
Why are the 1st 1000 days important in terms of bonding?
Why else it this period important?
What is happening to the baby during pregnancy?
How will I know when to take my child for their immunizations?
Why do doctors and nurses need the Road to Health Booklet?
How do children develop physically?
What are some of the other physical milestones a toddler will reach?
Are toddlers more aware of their surroundings?
What development will a parent see in the years between 2 and 4?
Are 3- to 4-year-olds able to tell the difference between what is real and what is only imagination or fantasy?