Masikhule seeks to improve Early Childhood Development in marginalised communities.



In 2019 Masikhule embarked on a project to develop a theme-based curriculum for 2 to 5 year old children at their most receptive stages of development, and which is relevant for the South African population.  The content has been developed by a team of Occupational Therapists and educationists who have vast experience working within the ECD sector, and community-based sector in particular. This Early Learning Program not only provides structure to keep young children on track, but is designed in such a way as to encourage independence, problem solving, decision making, creativity and ultimately empowerment of the educators, caregivers or parents when implementing the Early Learning Program.

Theme bags have been developed and are stocked with all the resources needed for the educators to successfully implement the program. To enhance this, there is also continued access to our Educators’ Early Learning Resource Library which has grown since 2016 to supply multiple centres with relevant classroom and teaching resources including educational games, toys, age- and language-appropriated books.

Young children from marginalised communities, including informal settlements, attending ECD centres are at risk of not reaching their physical, mental, social and learning potential due to a number of factors. The most important being the dire physical and socio-economic environment in which they live, poor nutrition and attending crèches that are mostly under-staffed, unregistered, under-resourced, over-crowded and staffed by untrained women. Over the past 15 years, Masikhule has put measures in place to address these concerns, and the Early Learning Program should further enhance their impact on ECD, empowerment and employment in the marginalised areas surrounding the Helderberg. For more information please contact info@masikhule.org

Masikhule makes a positive contribution to the upliftment of communities through skills training, mentorship and capacity building in the field of Early Childhood Development.

The name Masikhule means
‘Let us Grow’ in isiXhosa.
NPO no: 050-955 | PBO no: 930025514

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