Thanks to the support of MySchool and Old Mutual; GROW kicks off its first Educare Centre in Lombardy East! The renovations started at the beginning of August and to the great relief of the teachers and children, the dust settled at the end of August to reveal a much-transformed learning environment.
The school transformed from one room to two rooms, providing a spacious area for 30 children who can attend an ECD that now complies with the norms and standards set out by the Department of Social Development. Having funds available meant that we were able to convert within budget, a car- port into the much needed second classroom for the 2-3 year olds. In addition to space, this provides the 3- 5 year olds their own area to set up the required learning stations.
The principal and teachers agree that the process was absolutely worth it as was the children’s excitement when packing out the brand new resources.
The GROW with Baby Bears is one of four Early Childhood Development Centres selected from Gauteng in 2018 for a full curriculum roll out next year. The teachers and principal are currently attending training every second Saturday, not only to learn how they will link these new resources to their learning plans in 2019, but understanding how these fun but appropriate toys link to every child’s area of development. The training is holistic, ensuring that teachers understand all aspects of play, from Art to the Arts with music and drama, Outdoor, Educational including Maths, Puzzles and Language providing a foundation to develop Social and Emotional skills. A teacher-training schedule would not be complete without Positive Discipline with Nutrition and First Aid, and all teachers and principals attend an accredited First Aid course.
Within the next weeks, a detailed marketing strategy will be finalised with the principal to ensure maximum enrolments for 2019