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Early Childhood Development

142 teachers and 1239 learners



The events which occur during early childhood has a lasting impact and will affect a child’s growth and development throughout his or her life. We have identified various ways in which to ensure that the children in Bitou get the best out of their early childhood experience.

ECD Capacity Building

Capacity building workshops were facilitated weekly by local best practice and experienced principals/managers – Margi Friedman, Sharon van Hyssteen, Inge Basset and Kim Matter to empower other principals/managers from historically disadvantaged areas to improve the quality of their facilities, practitioners, resources and equipment. Workshops were focused on leadership and business management training including: 

  • Curriculum Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources
  • Office Administration
  • Policy and Procedure
  • Computer Training
  • Level 1 First Aid Training

Early Childhood Development Bursary Programme 

Six students are currently completing the second year Level 5 ECD training at the Klein Karoo Bronne Sentrum (KKBS) in Oudtshoorn. The bursary covers the total cost of tuition, accommodation, meals and transport.

Occupational Therapy

This programme was designed by the occupational therapists to meet the needs of the children selected for the programme.  The programme was based on the understanding that development follows a general sequential pattern, but that there may be some fluctuations in the process, depending on the individual learner’s strengths and previous exposure to similar activities.  Activities were carefully selected to be appropriate for multilevel teaching so that they could be used therapeutically for learners with varying abilities.  The main goals for the OT sessions are related to gross motor, fine motor and visual perceptual development.  These goals were selected based on the needs identified during the screening as well as the therapists’ knowledge on typical development.

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