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DSWD trains social workers on supervised neighborhood play

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (31 January) -- In order to enhance a child's holistic development, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) here will train social workers on February 10-12, 2009 on Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP).

Social Welfare Assistant Elena Otgalon said that the 55 social workers after undergoing the said training, will be able to distinguish play from games and design non-competitive games and play activities. They will also be aware of nature based learning materials and experiences, she added.

The SNP is a neighborhood community-based early childhood care program for children 6 years and below. It utilizes play as an approach in providing early stimulation activities that are developmentally appropriate for each target areas of children in the community.

With the passage of the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) or Republic Act 980, the department deemed it necessary to institutionalize the implementation of the program in order to provide a home-based approach in handling early childhood education program for 0-6 years old children.

Otgalon said that the children are provided early childhood enrichment activities through a variety of play activities, games guided exercise and other learning opportunities by Child Development Worker (CDW) and/or Parent Volunteer under the Supervision of a social worker.

According to Otgalon, the SNP which was piloted in Barangay Bolog in the municipality of Kiangan, was launched last March 2008 with five parent volunteers trained by the Christian Children's Fund (CCF) to handle the SNP to address the needs of far flung sitios with no available Day Care Centers.

The workers will also learn how to write stories, songs, simple poems or rhymes and derive possible learning skills from it; conceptualize and develop topics appropriate for 0 3 years old children and come up with child appropriate activities that can be implemented by parents, volunteers and SNP facilitators. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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