Teacher is living her dream

2018-09-26 06:01
Children attending the crèche, Little Creative Minds, in Kimberley.Photo: Supplied

Children attending the crèche, Little Creative Minds, in Kimberley.Photo: Supplied

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“My years of teaching at primary school level frustra­ted me deeply.

“You might find that in a Gr. 1 class, learners are unable to understand simple concepts used in the language of learning and teaching – and you wonder what they were taught, if at all, in preschool.”

This was expressed by Sekaeng Botha when she shared what led to the establishment of her own crèche, Little Creative Minds, in Kimberley in 2017.

She left the classroom and chased her dream, which she is confident is not a blunder.

She is grateful to the De Beers Kimberley Business Hub and the Zimele Community Fund, who have recently financed the renovation of her crèche by granting her two loans.

Botha’s passion for education is perhaps not surpri­sing given her background of over 25 years of primary school teaching experience.

She decided one day to retire and use her retirement funds to establish an early childhood development centre to take over the transition of children from preschool into the primary school environment.

In her view, children are often not prepared to adequately adjust to a new schooling environment.

The first loan worth R175 000 was utilised to upgrade the garage to a fully functional classroom and to build an additional room which is now used as an administration office.

The De Beers Zimele Hub then granted Botha a second loan worth R150 000, which she used to build three toilets, purchase mattresses, playground equipment and structures like swings and slides, and educational toys.

The crèche has suitably qualified and competent teachers and ground staff who have a genuine love for children.

Apart from being a caring, fun, neat and stimulating environment with a safe play area where children are supervised, it also offers additional value adding services like a weekly visit from a kinder kineticist who monitors the physical and cognitive development of the children.

Little Creative Minds has currently 41 children enrolled from the age of two to five.

It has six staff members consisting of two teachers, an admin officer, a cook, a cleaner and a gardener.

Fortunately for the little ones’ parents, Botha has no plans to scale down.

She hopes to, one day, build a nursery section for babies, as well as a Gr. R class.

“It would be a dream come true,” she said.

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