Parent Infant Programme

The Parent Centre’s Infant Programme consists of a Parent Infant Home Visiting Progaramme (Thula Sana Adapted) and 0-5 year counselling.

Parent infant home visiting

Parent Infant Home Visiting Programme provides information and support to pregnant women before and after birth to encourage positive parent and infant attachment. We want to establish a supportive relationship with “at risk” mothers and provide a “safety net” during the critical time before and after birth to help them establish a positive attachment to their baby. The Home Visiting Programme is implemented in communities where children are highly at risk of neglect. These communities are characterised by unemployment; poverty; violence; family fragmentation; substance abuse; increasing rates of HIV/AIDS.

What does it involve?

  • 5 ante-natal and 15 post-natal home visits to pregnant women who are at high risk for ante-natal, post-natal depression, child neglect, abuse and abandonment.
  • Early parenting talks at Maternity and Obstetric Units (MOU)
  • Loss and Grief sessions

Where do we work?

  • Khayelitsha (Town 2, Makaza, Nkanini and Kuyasa)
  • Nyanga (Rooms and Informal Settlement)
  • Gugulethu (Barcelona, Europe, Vukuzenzele and a little of front section of KTC)
  • Phillipi (Woodbay, Squatter area, Brownsfarm, Sweethome, School Site and Siyahlala)
  • Hanover Park
  • Mitchell’s Plain
  • Imizamo Yethu

0-5 years Counselling

The first 1000 days of a baby’s life shapes their future. 0-5 years (of which the First 1000 Days falls into) Counselling is a specialised counselling service for all parents with their infants and toddlers. Clients can call and make appointments at our Wynberg office or will be offered support via Zoom/Video Call.

What is the First 1000 Days?

The period from conception until a child’s 2nd birthday offers a unique window of opportunity to shape healthier and more prosperous futures. Learning, playing and scheduled immunisations will assist in your child’s developmental journey. The period from pregnancy to two years is a crucial time for the development of healthy and happy children. The developmental journey of a child’s life is an exciting time. And with the excitement comes several key milestones they need to achieve in order to ensure the right start to a bright future!  Babies are absorbing, learning and reacting to the world around them through their senses (touch, hear, see, smell, taste).

Counselling helps parents understand the difficulties they experience in raising their infant or toddler, and also to explore alternative ways of managing the problem and to promote knowledge and awareness of infant mental health. The service is for any parent, family member or caregiver with an infant or toddler who:

  • Finds their baby unusually quiet or uninterested in them
  • Feels their baby is too fussy or difficult to comfort
  • Is concerned about how active their child is
  • Feels burdened by the demands of parenthood
  • Has a baby with developmental problems that places special emotional stress on the parents or caregivers
  • Experiences ongoing depression or anxiety after the birth of the infant

Get in contact

Please feel free to get in touch with us on 021 762 0116  or parentinfant@theparentcentre.org.za  or alternatively fill in the contact form and our team will connect with you.