Childhood Awareness Day

Ikamva Labantu has hosted our second Childhood Awareness Day in collaboration with Metro Central Health Department.

The objective of the day was to create a space for dialogue between community members working with preschools and to connect parents with the local health services. Forty-two participants attended the event.

We have developed a programme which focuses on how to practically identify, refer and work with children who need to be assessed for developmental delay.

In order to achieve this, the day includes workshops on:

  • expected development in children under six
  • the ‘red flags’ that alert us to problems in early development
  • who, where, when and how to refer children in the Khayelitsha District.

The structure of the day has evolved to allow people to hear general information but also to speak directly to professionals about individual cases.

The day started with the occupational therapists leading a workshop on early development; participants then broke into groups and moved between stations. These stations were led by: social workers, physiotherapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and health promoters. Within these small groups, people were able to discuss concerns directly with the professionals.

For more information, please contact our Family Service on 021 361 0909 or Josephine@ikamva.co.za.