Mamma Zamma Moms & Kids Development Group

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Mamma Zamma Moms & Kids Development Group
Mamma Zamma means mothers trying very hard. The message is that mothers trying hard can change the lives of their children, by giving them agood start in life. This is what this workbook is all about. It has been specifically developed for mothers and carers with children between the ages of 3 - 6 years.
The workbook moves from the standpoint that parents and primary carers can play a significant role in their children’s early development. It provides 10 lessons with
all the worksheets and activities needed to develop basic skills in the child. Each lesson is divided into three segments namely:
Activate – basic numeracy, colours, shapes and concepts.
Relate – activities to develop the bond between mother/carer and child which include touch, trust and tell activities.
Empower – a section in which parental guidance and support is facilitated within the metaphor of building a ‘Kid-safe house’.
The workbook is beautifully illustrated and practically explained with a facilitator’s
guide included. It’s all ready for you to start a Mamma Zamma group in your area.
The Mamma Zamma programme was developed by the Draw the Line Child
Support Centre of Child Welfare Tshwane which is affiliated to Child Welfare South
Africa.

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Mamma Zamma Moms & Kids Development Group

  1. 1. Mamma Zamma<br />Early Childhood Development<br />Bringing it all together<br />
  2. 2. Inadequate emotional support and intellectual stimulation within the home environment may account for up to half of the deficiencies in mathematics, reading, and verbal skills among children who live in poverty<br />Gertsch, L. & Wright, A(2009)<br />
  3. 3. Mamma Zamma’s birth story <br /><ul><li>October 2008: Progress reports and late nights
  4. 4. More of the same
  5. 5. Debriefing conversations
  6. 6. Empty eyes and empty futures
  7. 7. Mamma…. Mamma…. Mamma Zamma!
  8. 8. February 2009 lesson 1 lets sing along!
  9. 9. 30 October 2011 handed in for publishing
  10. 10. 27 May 2011 received the published books
  11. 11. 8 July 2011- programme was launched</li></li></ul><li>What is the Mamma Zamma programme?<br /><ul><li>11 week group work based programme
  12. 12. Mothers / primary carers with their children between the ages of 3 – 6 years
  13. 13. Main goal is support early childhood development of children not in formal ECD facilities ( 1/5 and 1/9 children in ECDF)
  14. 14. Prevention / early intervention strategy for families at risk of underdevelopment
  15. 15. Addressing the child and the carer simultaneously
  16. 16. Community and home based implementation in a deferred service model
  17. 17. 30 months to develop , pilot and refine
  18. 18. In B C W communities with similar outcomes</li></li></ul><li>An overview of the book<br /><ul><li>Mechanics of implementation
  19. 19. Icon description
  20. 20. Session overview
  21. 21. Session 1: orientation
  22. 22. Session 2 – 10 building a kid safe house, activate, relate, empower
  23. 23. Session 11: evaluation and graduation
  24. 24. Session kit outline
  25. 25. Homework page outline
  26. 26. Group rules
  27. 27. Attendance register
  28. 28. Certificates </li></li></ul><li>Modelling Change<br />
  29. 29. A three strained cord<br /><ul><li>Activate: concept, numeracy, perception, colour/shape, rhyme/song Cognitive stimulation
  30. 30. Relate: Touch, trust & tell Attachment building
  31. 31. Empower: foundation(love, basic needs, safe environment), walls, roof Parental guidance
  32. 32. Family, Community, Supporters (sponsoring organisations / business)</li></li></ul><li>Cognitive stimulation: Rationale <br /><ul><li>Activate segment (cognitive stimulation)
  33. 33. Expose the child to basic numeracy before the Grade R (reception) year
  34. 34. Expose child to basic shapes colours and concepts before Grade R
  35. 35. Parent becomes involved with the education of the child
  36. 36. Improved school readiness of child and secure parental involvement in education</li></ul>1<br />
  37. 37. Attachment rationale<br />
  38. 38. Attachment rationale<br /><ul><li>Relate segment (attachment building)
  39. 39. Improve the level of parental involvement with the child
  40. 40. Model positive and emotionally rich interaction between parent & child
  41. 41. Build stronger bonds between parent & child
  42. 42. Improved family cohesion lessen risk of abuse
  43. 43. Attachment outcomes multiply potential of the child</li></li></ul><li>Parental support group: rationale<br /><ul><li>Empower segment (parental guidance)
  44. 44. Equip parent/ caregiver with the basic good parenting skills
  45. 45. Provide emotional support and peer group interaction
  46. 46. Model and practice good parenting to parents/ caregivers
  47. 47. Improved parenting skills will safeguard a child for life</li></li></ul><li>Parental support group: rationale<br />
  48. 48. Monitoring and evaluation<br /><ul><li>Pre test - post test design
  49. 49. Self report
  50. 50. Evaluation illustration
  51. 51. What you see during the sessions
  52. 52. Feedback from participants was very positive
  53. 53. Outcomes across variable range was the same</li></li></ul><li>Bibliography<br /><ul><li>Boonzaaier, E. Botes, W. Dippenaar, M. Dhlamini, T. Heck, A. & Maribe, L. (2010). Mamma Zamma: Moms& Kids Development Group. Crink: Pretoria
  54. 54. Gertsch, L. & Wright, A.(2009).Getting the basics right: Contribution of Early Childhood Development to quality, equity and efficiency in education. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit: Eschborn </li></li></ul><li>Contact Details<br /><ul><li>Child Welfare Tshwane
  55. 55. Head office
  56. 56. Heidi Coetzee
  57. 57. Tel: 012 4609236
  58. 58. heidi@childwelfare.co.za
  59. 59. reception@childwelfare.co.za
  60. 60. www.childwelfare.co.za
  61. 61. Child Welfare Tshwane
  62. 62. Draw the Line Child Support Centre
  63. 63. Wezet Botes
  64. 64. Tel: 012 343 0535
  65. 65. therapy@childwelfare.co.za
  66. 66. wezet@childwelfare.co.za
  67. 67. www.cwtdrawtheline.co.za
  68. 68. Twitter: @drawthelineSA</li>

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