The aim of our work is to increase awareness and understanding in adults to meet more effectively the needs of young children’s development, particularly in preschools and daycare centres in low-income or marginal communities, currently in Cape Town and the Coffee Bay area of the Eastern Cape. Despite the programme being full and varied, and reaching many groups of women who work with young children, relatively little infrastructure is required to implement it: its strength and success lie in relationships of trust, understanding and care on which the women can build confidence and practical skill. This has a lasting positive effect in their communities as more small schools are developed.