To support children with barriers to learning in disadvantaged communities throughout South Africa.
We aim to
- identify young children who are at risk of developmental delays and potential barriers to learning through professional screening and assessment
- provide trans-disciplinary interventions that promote holistic child development and focus on addressing barriers to learning
- encourage active parent, practitioner and community involvement in the stimulation and education of young children
- build capacity within the school, family and community through training, support and resources
- offer support to children, parents, families, practitioners and creches
- advocate for the importance of quality ECD programmes in South Africa.
TLI was established in 2014, with the aim of making professional services available to children from disadvantaged communities to ensure that they can reach their potential in school and beyond. Research has repeatedly shown that early identification and intervention is crucial for optimal functioning and self-actualisation. In 2016 TLI partnered with the Western Cape Department of Social Development to develop, test and implement a ground-breaking, therapeutic intervention that promotes holistic child development in 4-5 year old children.
We believe by focusing on professionalism and following best practice and our ethical guidelines, we can provide quality services that serve the needs of our beneficiaries and contribute positively to the quality of education. We strive to equip all our young children with tools, techniques, enthusiasm and resilience to thrive in school.
TLI’s organisational structure consists of a Board of Trustees, Project Managers, Therapists, Programme Implementers and Facilitators.
The managers and therapists are all registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) which guides our standards of ethical and professional practice. Programme Implementers and Facilitators work under the guidance of therapists and have a minimum NQF Level 4 qualification. Management is responsible for project, operational and financial management and therapists assist with continuous programme development. We maintain sound financial management practices and our accounts are audited by independent auditors. We are guided by The Independent Code of Governance for Non-Profit- Organization in South Africa. Our current structure is also aligned with the South African Curriculum Framework for Children from Birth to Four, National Early Learning and Development Standards (NELDS) and the Children’s Act.