Shack to Chic - Starting Chance
Categories: ALL THE NEWS , Early Childhood Development (ECD)
We are very excited to have finally built a new school for Principal Elizabeth of Emmanuel Educare.
She has been running her educare in a dilapidated shack under difficult circumstances for 10 years. She will soon move into a purpose-built educare for 55 children with classrooms for both babies and toddlers and a lovely outdoor playground. Thank you Home Choice for making this happen.
We are also in the planning phase of building the first special care centre of its kind for children who are differently abled, Lonwabo Special Care Centre. We also have another shack conversion in the pipeline, Mzamomhle Educare.
The children of Emmanuel are getting their Starting Chance.
Training and Development
Our three wonderful fieldworkers, Bonita Engelbrecht, Nombulelo Dingiso and Joyce Manyti continue to mentor the teachers in our 9 core schools and provide training to a further 16 schools in our Training Teachers in Townships workshops. Our training is practical and interactive so that ultimately skills transfer becomes sustainable.
This year we changed our assessment approach to accommodate our new training strategy. We have 3 fieldworkers each representing a key area of development - 0-3 years, 3-5 years and Grade R. We have found that most of the schools have these 3 age groups and we have been asked to support them accordingly. Each fieldworker assesses their schools when they visit, based on the ECERS principles. ECERS looks at both the classroom space and the program. The principal of each school uses the same evaluation and together we work towards the common goal of making the schools best practice. Children's assessments are conducted twice a year.
The joy of being little is exploring the wonder and curiosity of our natural world. Our township children do not often get the opportunity to explore the gardens and coastline of our city. This term the Grade R's went to visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Our future generation needs to have knowledge and respect for our beautiful planet and be ready to look after it.
Our parents workshops have been very well attended. Their aim has been to help the parents of our children understand the value of play at home in fostering and building their children's readiness for primary school. Read more from Starting Chance founder, Ali Corbett. Bridging the informal-formal divide.
We continue to upskill our teachers and principals in basic computing skills so that they can become computer literate and can prepare work for their children, write reports and run their schools efficiently. We also give our children tablet training to compliment their learning and to prepare them for life in the technological age. This term our teachers received training from Thando Mafila, an IT Specialist.