|Meanwhile, GDE with MGSLG are also rolling out the ECD Birth to 4 Curriculum|
The ECD NQF Level 4 practitioner training is progressing well in various community centres around the province. The 16 month long training programme is all about equipping practitioners about their roles and responsibilities in the classroom and equips them with understanding the holistic development of children, age appropriateness, domains and different developmental stages of children. For John Moroa who is a practitioner at Reatlehige Preschool in Kokosi near Carletonville this training has been helpful as it is very informative. “Now I feel like I can take the world head on. I am well informed and I believe I will be able to implement all this,” said Moroa.
The current training is for the third cohort and it started in January 2015. It is offered by the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE): Early Childhood Development (ECD) directorate in partnership with Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance (MGSLG). There is currently a high demand for training in the province and unfortunately budget constraints limits the number of practitioners to be trained yearly. In addition, the challenge of ECD centres which are mushrooming all over Gauteng compels children to be stuck with unqualified practitioners and this denies them their right to quality education.
Meanwhile, GDE with MGSLG are also rolling out the ECD Birth to 4 Curriculum. This curriculum equips practitioners with a skill to develop holistically such as physical, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual.
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