UCO shapes future

2016-11-23 06:01

Universal College Outcomes South Africa (UCO) is a private education and training company, which strives to keep prices competitive. From 1 January 2017 UCO will be exclusively focusing on ECD to emphasise the importance of investing in the education of the children of the nation.

What is ECD:

ECD applies to the processes by which babies and young children grow and thrive, physically, mentally, emotionally, morally and socially.

It is of critical importance as a pillar to the foundation for lifelong learning. It is important because the kind of early care a child receives from parents, pre-school teachers and caregivers, determines how a child learns and relates in school and life in general.

During the early stages of child development all the key elements of emotional intelligence – confidence, curiosity, purposefulness, self-control, connectedness, ability to communicate and co-cooperativeness – is formed.

Young children are capable learners and suitable educational exposure during the pre-school years can have a positive impact on formal schooling.

  • Providing appropriate stimulation, nutrition, care, and health services during this critical, pre-school developmental period, results in: increased primary school enrolment;) enhanced school performance;) lower repetition and drop-out rates;) reduction in juvenile crime rates;) reduced remedial medical and welfare costs; and) improved economic and social productivity indicators.

In the South African context childcare workers teach and care for children while their parents are at work.

They make sure children are safe but their second responsibility is the development of these children by focusing on play and games, creative activities and the development of fundamental reading skills.

UCO strives to enhance teachers and practitioners in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) field.

It is an accredited training provider of the Education, Training and Development Practices of the Sector Education and Training Authority (ETDP Seta).

UCO would like to improve, through level 1 to level 5, national diploma ECD qualifications, skills and know­ledge so that its approximately 4 000 current learners can excel in their ECD career.

Year after year UCO is committed to training in the most cost effective way.

UCO is training 145 ECD groups in six provinces at 35 training sites.

Each group is in a different phase of the training. The printing and development department is printing 100 000 pages of learning material per week.

Current active learners are: Free State (1 195), Gauteng (189), KwaZulu-Natal (1 602), Limpopo (487), Mpumalanga (403) and Northern Cape (80).

UCO is very proud of the good report and feedback that their qualified learners received from the different stakeholders in the ECD field.

They are creating a change in the lives of young children and the country will benefit from it.

They had three successful verifications with the ETDP Seta over the past three years - 1 238 learners in 2014, 634 learners in 2015 and 669 learners in 2016.

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