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Role of parents in the cognitive stimulation of their children

Good matric results are already captured in the first 1000 days of a child’s life.  Due to the plasticity of the brain it is highly reactive to environmental factors that encourage strong brain development.

Unfortunately, children do not always reach their full development potential.  One of the reasons for this is that parents, who are the primary caregivers, fail to provide enough stimulation and emotional security. What can parents do to contribute to the development of their child’s potential?

  • Read with your child rather than leaving your child alone in front of the TV
  • Play with your child. Games is the best way to develop your child’s brain
  • Reward your child for success by making positive remarks
  • Establish routine habits e.g. eat, play and sleep time.
  • Trust your child. Strong positive relationships are important

FCIA has several programs available that help parents and caregivers to learn positive parenting skills to ensure early learning, e.g. play and telling stories.  Specialized assistance is also available to address specific challenges in the development of children.