ECD practitioners complete training

2015-06-17 06:01
DASP ECD practitioners with Marion Green-Thompson (front middle), the Economic Development manager for Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power.

DASP ECD practitioners with Marion Green-Thompson (front middle), the Economic Development manager for Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power. Photo: Supplied

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PRACTITIONERS of 31 Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres commenced training during May to improve their skills.

Topics such as play-based learning, children’s rights, child development, different kinds of play and their role in language, science and numeracy, as well as language and literacy development were covered.

The participating ECD Centres that are supported by Droogfontein Solar Power are from communities in Kimberley, Barkly West, Ritchie and Riverton while the centres supported by De Aar Solar Power (DASP) include communities in De Aar, Britstown and Hanover.

According to Tina Meier from Droogfontein, solar power has contributed R800 000 towards ECD teaching aids and resources following an audit of 31 ECD centres in the Northern Cape.

“The ECD audit revealed that provision of teaching aid programmes was fundamental if we were to improve numeracy and literacy early on childhood development in this area,” Meier said.

“The study showed that many of the practitioners did not have the requisite NQF level 6 qualification. Therefore, in order to improve education outcomes, their training was crucial.”

Meier further stated that, on the final day of training, each ECD centre was presented with educational resources to ensure that they had the necessary equipment to stimulate learning and play.

The equipment included both indoor and outdoor apparatus as well as books and educational tools to aid positive childhood development.

“The equipment will assist the children in developing their literacy, numeracy and life skills. This includes vocabulary, observational skills, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving skills, logical thinking and the recognition of colours and shapes,” explained Marion Green-Thompson, the Economic Development manager for Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power.

Meier further revealed that the initial training was followed up with support and mentoring visits on an ongoing basis to address compliance matters pertaining to infrastructure and governance, health and safety and support for the use of resources.

Green-Thompson added that each ECD centre had received educational resources so it was critical that they were trained and assisted with the management and the effective use of these resources.

Stakeholders and ECD centres who benefitted were identified through consultation with the Northern Cape Department of Education.

Qualitative interviews were conducted with key stakeholders.

“The extensive number of detailed interviews conducted with the centres were carried out with NPOs, the Departments of Education, Health and Social Development; the South African Police Services; the Education Training and Development Practices Sector, Education and Training Authority (ETDP Seta) provincial office and the local municipal offices,” Meier said.

“Investment in the development, care and protection of children’s needs is a priority, Green-Thompson explained.

“It is our vision to ensure that ECD centres move from being day-care facilities to centres of education and development.”

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