Early childhood centres grow

2019-03-14 06:01
Principal of Masakhe 2 Educare Centre during the visit from GROW with Educare,PHOTOs: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Principal of Masakhe 2 Educare Centre during the visit from GROW with Educare,PHOTOs: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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non-governmental organisation, GROW with Educare, is doing all in its power to ensure children go through a good Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme.

During his State Of the Nation Address (SONA), President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke about the importance of the ECDs. He said two years of ECD training for all children before Grade 1 is now compulsory.

GROW develops a national brand of quality, inspirational, fee-paying ECD centres in low-income areas for children between the ages of two- and five-years-old.

Last week Friday, GROW visited three of its centres Masakhe 2 Educare Centre in Nyanga, Nonkululeko Educare Centre in Gugulethu and Philippi Village Educare Centre in Philippi.

Masakhe 2 was started in 2011 by Ntombenqaba Petros in a hostel where she stays in Nyanga.

“I started the centre in my home and I had about 90 children to look after which was too much for me,” she said.

Petros said after hearing about GROW she decided to join them so she can get the help she needs.

She said they first helped her to register her centre and helped train teachers and helped to renovate the centre.

“The children are now getting good education and their teachers get good training from GROW,” she said.

Petros said when the children leave the centre to attend school she gets good feedback from schools saying that the programme they run prepares children for school very well.

Nonkululeko principal Erica Khanzi said she is grateful to GROW because her centre is now in good condition. She said it was a health hazard to the children.

“GROW helps a lot with what kind of education the children get and they helped me renovate the centre which I’m grateful for,” said Khanzi. She said that even the parents are happy with the progress they are seeing from their children.

GROW’s head of Education Lisa Voortman said they aim to partner with pre-schools to help them grow. She said they help them with their curriculum, help train teachers and renovate their centres.

Voortman said they recruit each year and that they are not rushing the process because they do not want to sacrifice quality over quantity.

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