Funded by the Department of Social Development, KET was tasked with initiating a series of parenting information events and development workshops. The focus of these exhibitions was to center on the benefits of Early Childhood Development to a child’s foundation years and how parents are able to support their children’s development in the home. The intent was also to expose parents whose children currently do not attend preschool, to the value of an ECD education.
By: Lesley Satchel (Career preschool teacher and SOUNS Project Leader)
Preschool education in South Africa does not reach even half of the children of preschool age who would benefit from it. Many more facilities are needed, especially in the rural areas.
I like to use the European word “Kingergarten” to refer to preschool education, as it brings to my mind a wonderful picture of a colourful garden, especially for children, still fresh and new at life, who are accompanied by special adults who are fortunate enough to work with them and walk next to them in their preschool years.
Preschool teachers have a specific teaching qualification that enables them to know how to plan the space, as well as the daily programme successfully, with the children’s developmental needs in mind. Preschool teachers are always aware that they are teaching children, not subjects, and the Whole Child is important to them. Teachers in the preschool are teaching values, and habits of learning.