The Early Childhood Development Programme has been going from strength to strength, with new Programme Manager, Jessica King, ready to take the reigns and lead it into the next season of growth.
Jessica King is more than qualified for the position and brings her unique learnings from a Bachelor of Social Science in Organisational Physiology & Industrial Sociology and Foundation Phase teaching, into her new role.
Past programme manager, Toni Wilkens, who helped build, establish and nurture the programme from the ground up, has decided to focus her attentions solely on counselling and life skills. We wish Toni only the best in her endeavours.
On the ground, the ECD programme is hoping to move into the area of Waterloo, just north of Durban, to bring quality education and training to fifteen new crèches.
Another exciting new venture is moving into the ushobeni community of Port Shepstone. With the support of the JT Ross Group our ECD programme is aiming to increase active learning and school readiness for five crèches in the area.
As the Amaoti crèches reach the end of the successful ECD programme our trusted field workers will start working in the new community of Waterloo and uShobeni, meeting with crèche owners and teachers and understanding how they can help implement active learning.
One of programme’s goals is to help the crèche become more than just a babysitting service and teach them how to put stimulated learning into practice. This prepares children for ‘big school’, giving them the best chance at a successful schooling career. The ECD programme also aims to empower creche owners to be successful small business owners, giving them the tools and knowledge to take control of their business.