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Evaluation report

JAM 1999/802: Review: Roving Caregivers Programme of the Rural Family Support Organization

Author: Daley, M.

Executive summary


The Roving Caregivers Programme (RCP) administered by the Bernard van Leer Foundation started in Clarendon in 1992. As a home-visiting program, it was designed to provide early enrichment to the young child and mother; and training and support to a cadre of young caregivers.

Purpose / Objective

Objectives of the review:
- Review and assess the experiences of the Roving Caregivers Programme (RCP) and the Community Childcare Promoters Programme with regard to:
Strengths and weaknesses
The opportunities that contributed to the strengths
The problems/challenges that were encountered during planning or implementation
The extent to which the state objectives were met
The additional objectives (missed opportunities) that could have been achieved
- Identify all relevant interventions and potential program partners with regard to their required inter-relationships and specific roles
- Collect and represent the collective wisdom of a wide representation of stakeholders
- Outline the implications and requirements for taking the Programme to scale


A desk review of relevant documents was completed. A Quarterly Training Course and a fortnightly workshop for the Roving Caregivers were observed. Participants and trainers were interviewed. Home visits with the Project Officers to observe the Rovers at work were done in each zone. In each zone, one parent meeting was observed and a total of thirty parents and church officers interviewed. Administrative and supervisory staff as well as personnel in agencies connected to the Programme were interviewed.

Key Findings and Conclusions

When the parents who were interviewed were asked what they had learned from the program, the largest response at 91% was how to deal with my child's/children's behaviour, 79% learned "how to take care of my children", and 70% had "learnt to prepare nutritious meals for their families." A popular baking income-generating project assisted in teaching nutritional diet. 52% of the parents desire to acquire other skills like sewing.

17% of the Rovers reported parents get more active with the children while 35% said "they come and join in the stimulation."

According to the Caregivers, 96% felt that the duration and frequency of the fortnightly workshops were ?just right.? Accountability is high. Caregivers are visited on-site every week or fortnight by the Project Officers.


The number of Project Officers to adequately supervise the Rovers is small.

Convincing some parents about the value of early stimulation and getting parents actively involved in the stimulation of their children is still a challenge.

The implementers, stakeholders and beneficiaries unanimously agree that the Roving Caregivers' Programme should be expanded. Before a national expansion of RCP is implemented, it is suggested that economic and impact analysis be carried out. The Programme should focus on income-generating projects so that participants can learn skills.

The possibility of enlisting the services of the Community Health Aides should be pursued. It would be too much work for any one group to provide the services needed in the home visits. It is recommended that there be two separate programmes (health and child development), with two sets of home visitors working in collaboration with each other.

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ECD - Home Based Care

Rural Family Support Organization, UNICEF


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