The ECD training programme is in it’s second week, and we have been very impressed and encouraged by the attendance of the trainees. Fourteen of the fifteen centres we will be working with have been represented, with some centres releasing two of their staff on a Thursday afternoon for the training sessions.
Yesterday our session was particularly hectic! The first hour covered the daily programme centres were expected to have, and we attempted to give a brief overview of the South African curriculum for Grade R. This proved to be very challenging, and we didn’t have time to include some practical activities that would have helped the trainees to understand the document. This is something we will revisit over the course of the year.
The second hour was devoted to explaining the weekly plan to the trainees. The topic for the week is “Me”, and once again, we struggled to keep to our allotted time, as there was so much to cover.
The sessions are to be a mixture of theoretical and practical elements, to assist the trainees in fully understanding the different aspects of running an educational programme and meeting the needs of young children. Bridging the cultural and language barriers can be very challenging, but we believe with the right approach, this will become easier over time.
At the end of the session, each centre took away a large box of supplies, including powder paint, paint pots and brushes, PVA glue, kokis, wax crayons, posters, and lego. More equipment will be given to the centres in coming weeks, to assist them in providing a stimulating, educational programme for the children in their care.
(Written by Michele McCrohan, Training Co-ordinator)