MENTORING PROGRAMMEDeveloping, supporting and mentoring ECD Centres and teachers during implementation of holistic programmes.
Through a process of consultation with all stakeholders (community leaders, Early Learning Centre staff and parents), ECD Centres are identified to receive regular mentorship plus post-training mentorship is supplied. Mentorship includes assistance with strategic planning, education, regular in-service training, monitoring and coaching; resource assessment and development; management and administration; and the planning and implementation of an ECD Programme at these centres. Masikhule currently offers this service to more than 30 centres situated in the local townships and on farms within the Helderberg region of the Western Cape.
From experience we have found that merely offering training, no matter how practical, does not guarantee a carry-over of this knowledge into the classroom situation. Regular visits and spending time with the teachers at their ECD Centres is vital to ensure the sustainability and ultimate growth of these centres.
• are registered, well-resourced, well-managed and well equipped;
• have qualified and dedicated staff
• have a varied and holistic Early Childhood Development Programme in place; and
• provide children with nutritious meals in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning and holistic development.
ECD EARLY INTERVENTION
Masikhule seeks to improve Early Childhood Development in marginalised communities.
ECD EARLY INTERVENTION
In 2015, Masikhule developed an initiative to screen/assess 4 to 5 and 5 to 6 years olds at Masikhule-mentored ECD centres on an annual basis. The main objectives were to assess the children’s general development (physical, fine and gross motor, perceptual, school readiness, early literacy and numeracy, etc) and with this information, to report to the teachers and principals on the findings; to inform parents on how they can encourage developmental skills and for Masikhule to adapt and improve its training, mentorship and in-service training program according to these results. The purpose being to ensure these disadvantaged children enter formal schooling being more school-ready in all vital areas of development.
From these initial findings, Masikhule has developed and is implementing a project to offer Teaching Enrichment Workshops throughout the year for pre-school teachers and principals to highlight the challenges the children are facing (based on the assessment results); how they can be assessed in the class; why these skills are important for learning and how teaching can be adapted and enhanced to minimise these problem areas.