When community works: Early learning playgroups in the North West

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The  Early Learning Playgroup Programme is an innovative public-private partnership, which trains government-contracted community workers in rural areas to run early stimulation playgroups for children aged 3 -5.  The benefits for the children are access to a quality learning programme, where before there was none. For the community workers, the programme presents an opportunity to work with children and take … Read More

New play-based teaching course for ECD practitioners

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There is a growing amount of evidence globally which supports that play is fundamental to learning in the first 1000 days of a child’s life.  For young children aged under 6, playing is a way to develop social and cognitive skills, as well as confidence. Incorporating play into an early learning curriculum, however, is not as easy as it may … Read More

Refilwe and the Early Learning Playgroup

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By Lisa Cohen Her name is Refilwe* and she is three years old. She lives in Ngobi village – a small, lonely fleck on the dusty North West landscape.  Refilwe and I meet in the early learning playgroup she attends three days a week.  She is the quietest child in the group and immediately gravitates to the playgroup’s ‘fantasy play’ … Read More

Paving the way for non-centre based ECD programmes

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Ilifa’s early learning playgroup programme in the North West demonstrate the value of non-centre based early learning environments – especially for children who, for whatever reason, cannot access creches and day-care centres. The playgroup facilitators are sourced from government’s Community Works Programme (CWP), which pays job seekers a stipend to do useful work on a part time basis, and are coached … Read More