All projects are closely monitored and mentored by our highly competent employees. Trustees review project progress monthly and provide guidance, input and support where necessary to ensure successful execution and conclusion of projects. Projects vary in duration and complexity, but are all aligned with achieving our vision and annual goals.
The Trust has found that a gap exists between the theoretical training provided by current FET training institutions in the Garden Route area and its practical implementation. Training in a second or third language, a lack of educational resources as well as catering for the needs of multilingual learners, often add to teachers’ difficulties. Teachers receive in-centre training and follow up on-site mentoring in the ECD Teacher Capacity Building programme, registered by the Department of Social Development. Training is practical and delivered in Xhosa and Afrikaans to support teacher success.
The program is aligned with the National Early Learning Development Standards (NELDS) as specified by the DSD, as well as Curriculum and Policy Statements (CAPS), as specified by the Department of Education.
This project has been operational for four years of which two years were dedicated to piloting and customising the programme, its delivery and training method to ensure success and sustainability in our affiliated preschools. The programme is successfully running in 21 preschools with a further 10 having come on line during 2013. This project by its very nature is continuous as children that started out at a young age need to continue up to and including Grade R, to ensure they are able to read and comprehend by the time they reach Grade One. The preschools also always have new children entering the preschool, some as babies and others as toddlers. The teacher training cycle is also continuous as the Trust has new preschools constantly affiliating to take advantage of the teacher training in the literacy programme. The programme requires regular onsite monitoring and mentoring to ensure best operating practices are continuously adhered to.
The mathematics programme was successfully customised and piloted within 4 preschools during 2013. In January 2014 KET introduced the Numicon Mathematics programme to 31 affiliated preschools in Knysna and Sedgefield. Numicon was developed to teach children new ways of learning mathematics and is based on 16 years of research done in the UK. The programme uses methodologies that are suitable for young children and provides the sensory, hands-on experiences that enable children to build concepts and gain knowledge through their senses. The multisensory approach is well suited to the learning styles of young children. To date the Trust has trained 77 practioners and 11 volunteers. The feedback from the preschools has been extremely positive. The teachers are finding the programme easy to administer and the children are thoroughly enjoying working with it. Mathematics is a key element in the triad of basic skills required at ECD level together with literacy and life skills.