The Gambia Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (2018) found that adults participated in activities that helped children between the ages of 2 and 4 learn and prepare for school in a limited way.
These figures are troubling because parents and other caregivers play a crucial role in the growth and development of their children. But a lot of people don’t know this, and they won’t be able to build strong relationships with their kids and have positive interactions unless they know about their kids’ developmental needs and have the skills to do so.
Responding and nurturing caregivers, a secure, supportive environment, and appropriate nutrition and stimulation are the most important influences on children’s development. Taking care of these issues gives every child a good start, which is good for their growth.
Lawrence Cohen, a psychologist, says that play is a way for kids to learn about the world, share their deepest feelings, get close to people they care about, and deal with stressful situations.
Evidently, maintaining a sense of peace and harmony in our homes and maximizing children’s creative potential and development are assured when we engage with them positively.
However, as parents and caregivers, how can we accomplish this? by way of play.
Parents and caregivers can only fully engage their children in their children’s world through play, focusing on connection and confidence.
Between May 2021 and June 2022, ChildFund implemented the “Playful Parenting program,” a responsive and protective parenting program, in the Nianija district of the Central River Region north of The Gambia.