Centre-based programmes focus on ECD teaching and management within the centre environment. In addition to in-person training, we provide regular site visits to participating ECDs throughout the training to ensure site heads and practitioners are able to implement their learnings in their ECDs.
Accredited Skills Programmes
CARE of Babies, Toddlers and Young Children Skills Programme.
This learning programme will equip and empower practitioners working with babies, toddlers, and young children to serve their needs holistically and provide quality care while keeping records, data and information. The selected unit standards form three (3) modules for this programme.
Money Management Programme
Financial management for ECD site heads and practioners
This programme is ideal for site heads, ECD forum members or office bearers who want to learn simple financial principles. It provides basic finance skills at a level sufficient to manage the financial affairs of an ECD centre as a small business.
Child Development Programme
Equips ECD practitioners with tools to create learning activities
An accredited learning programme to assist ECD practitioners to understand child development and the importance of creating learning activities that enhance the holistic development of children.
Learning Resources Workshop
These workshops have been developed to enable ECD practitioners to fully utilize the learning and teaching opportunities implicit in equipment usually seen as “toys”. This includes the use of resources in age-appropriate activities to enhance the development of the children in their care. In addition, the workshops are designed to encourage participants to construct and use simple but effective resources out of household and recycled materials.
These workshops use a poster campaign to deliver key messages about nutrition, rights, developmental areas, etc., to parents or guardians of babies, toddlers, and young children. The objective of the workshops is to encourage continued learning and stimulation at home through parental guidance.
National Curriculum Framework (NCF) Workshop
The National Curriculum Framework (NCF) provides guidance for those developing programmes and working with babies, toddlers, and young children from birth to age four. The NCF promotes a holistic vision of ECD which pays attention to:
- The first 1000 days which are the windows of opportunities for interventions before birth and the first two years of life after birth; and
- The third and fourth years of life and the time before the child enters primary school The NCF therefore focuses upon the child from before birth through to the time that she enters Grade R.
ECD Management Skills Programmes
ECD Governance and Compliance Programme
A compliant early childhood development centre meets the requirements of the Department of Basic Education, departments of social development, and the local departments of health. These requirements include having a valid registration certificate, meeting the norms and standards for infrastructure, health and safety, staff qualifications, curriculum and learning programmes, and being subject to quality assurance review or inspection at least once a year. The programme is designed to allow principals to self-reflect and check their progress against the requirements.
ECD Forum Leadership Training Programme
The initiation of ECD forums aim to facilitate interactions for groups of ECD stakeholders on topics of interest. Including child safety, healthy menus, ECD registration requirements, and the shift in ECD responsibility from the Department of Social Development to the Department of Basic Education. Additionally, the forums seek to improve teaching and learning in ECD centres through the advocacy of play, empowerment of ECD owners through business mentorship, and by creating a collective voice within communities to highlight the learning issues young children often face, and how to collectively address such issues
The programme aims to raise awareness on children with learning barriers in ECD centres to promote inclusive education.