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Thought Leadership – Early Childhood Development (ECD)

The first one thousand days in a child’s life could hold the key to unlocking his/her life-long potential. By the age of 5, almost 90% of a child’s brain will be developed. Early childhood development plays an essential part in these formative years, and this is exactly where Kishugu Training invests a great deal of its time and effort.

Written By Kishugu Training

On 06/06/2022

The first one thousand days in a child’s life could hold the key to unlocking his/her life-long potential. By the age of 5, almost 90% of a child’s brain will be developed. Early childhood development plays an essential part in these formative years, and this is exactly where Kishugu Training invests a great deal of its time and effort

“If we are to break the cycle of poverty, we need to educate the children of the poor.”President Cyril Ramaphosa, SoNA 2018

According to Tony Mancos, CEO of Kishugu Training, early childhood typically ranges from infancy to the age of 6 years old. During this period, development is significant, as many of life’s milestones, such as first words, learning to crawl, and walking take place.

Mancos refers to STATS SA’s latest report on Early Childhood Development in South Africa, where there were close to 7,2 million children aged 0 – 6 in South Africa whereof almost 60% didn’t receive any development.

These children received suboptimal stimulation, as 31% were never encouraged to imitate daily activities and 35,2% were never given answers when they pointed at objects and asked for explanations.

Change is needed – Kishugu Training is leading the way:

The environment in which our children grow up also plays a role in their cognitive and psychosocial development. Activities that involve playing, singing or reading stimulate the brain through all the senses and can help improve their ability to think and communicate. Children living in poor households, where parents are less able to spend time or money to feed and educate them, may grow up in a less stimulating home environment. But, Kishugu Training is doing extensive studies and research to partner with ECD centres and educators to change this.

“The more ECD facilitators we can train and develop, the more children can grow and learn in an environment that will teach them something valuable. We are calling on ECD centres and soon-to-be-educators who are willing and eager to make a change in our country, to step up and be the change. We can give our children a brighter future!”

At Kishugu Training, we are in the process of making an asserted effort to drastically address the shortage of ECD practitioners and schools/facilities in our country, starting with the Mpumalanga Province. Mancos stated that being change agents and leaders in our field, ECD should be taken seriously. “Therefore we have to spread our wings in this direction and train ECD educators.”

“With the opening of the Treeside Academy in Lydenburg last year, almost 60 children are formally going through our ECD programme – in just one school. We are in the process of partnering with more schools and educators to develop our children.”

ECD Courses Kishugu Training offers:

We are calling on you. If you are a teacher or have the dream to become an ECD educator, you can sign up with Kishugu Training today. Our ECD Educator’s course will teach you to plan and prepare early childhood activities and facilitate and mediate learning.

You will learn to observe and assess the progress of children and reflect on learning in an inclusive, play-based environment to support the holistic development of children, from conception to school going – in different centre-based or non-centre based settings.

He explains the qualifying learner will be capable of planning and preparing a broad-phase learning environment and creating stimulating activities that meet the holistic needs of all children. You will be able to facilitate and mediate all aspects of the daily programme and observe, assess and record each child’s progress according to their age and stage. “This course will teach you to compile a report of each child’s progress and maintain and promote the well-being, health, nutrition, safety and protection of children.”

YOU will form part of the change as ECD develops the following:

ECD provides a foundation for learning both socially and academically that will help children succeed in primary school.

Through ECD, children will grow, develop socially and emotionally, follow structure, learn to take care of themselves and others, and promote language, motor, curiosity and cognitive skills.

In order to learn, children need to feel cared for and secure with a teacher or caregiver. A 3-year-old child is able to spend time away from parents and build trusting relationships with adults outside the family. Children’s sense of competence and self-worth grow as they learn to take care of themselves and help others.

ECD children’s language skills are nurtured in a “language-rich” environment. Between the ages of 3 and 5, a child’s vocabulary grows from 900 to 2,500 words, and their sentences become longer and more complex.

Young children are in motion for a good part of the day. ECD creates endless opportunities for children to grow mentally and physically.

Take a step in the right direction, change a life and educate a child.

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