Measuring the effect of an early childhood caregiver training on child development

Along with partners, Sightsavers has been testing a training intervention for caregivers at early childhood centres in rural Malawi. The study sought to understand the effect the training package would have on child development measures, caregiver retention and disability-inclusiveness of the centres as a whole. For the purposes of the study, child development was measured using the Malawi Developmental Assessment Tool; caregiver retention was measured through interview with caregivers operational at the time of visit; and disability inclusiveness was measured through composite factors including the number of children with disability enrolled (per the Washington Group/ UNICEF child functioning module) and an adapted version of the ECERS scale.