Through its training model, the program is able to support practitioners to understand the benefits of playful learning and how to utilize it in their day to day interactions with children. This training model infuses play across five components, one of which is exclusively dedicated to its practice. The training model is also practical in nature and encourages active participation. Alongside modeling of different activities that practitioners can carry out in their practice, they are asked to think about how each activity relates to different domains of child development. For example, if activities involve singing songs, practitioners are encouraged to think about that activity’s impact on language, physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development.
Through peer learning opportunities, Kidogo is able to support practitioners to share experiences in implementing playful learning. For example, practitioners from “spokes” are able to observe and interact with other practitioners in “Hub” centers to inform their own practice. This allows them to understand how and why play is an important tool in child development, rather than hear it as a theoretical point of view alone.
By sourcing customized furnishings for children from local artisans and in working with caregivers to craft handmade play and learning materials, Kidogo is able to integrate locally available resources in the implementation of playful learning.