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Parents participate in early childhood development training to help their youngsters

Oct 17, 2017
Parents participate in early childhood development training to help their youngsters

Parents of young children across Somerset East, Adelaide, Bedford and Cookhouse are actively participating in an Early Childhood Development (ECD) parental training programme aimed at equipping parents to effectively boost their children’s education.

The “Bringing Parents to the Education Table” project is funded by Cookhouse Wind Farm, as part of its Early Childhood Development Flagship Programme.

This 3-month programme has received resounding support from participating parents. 

It is based on the belief that for a child to succeed they need support from their parents because education starts at home. It includes interactive workshops, mentoring and home visits.  The programmes culminate in an award ceremony in the respective communities on 14th and 15th November 2017.

One of the unique attributes of this programme is that it goes beyond the classroom to include one-on-one mentorship.  This results in an increased ability of the parents to positively impact their children’s education.

“Follow up sessions and mentoring, which takes place within the familial home, should the parents be comfortable, is hugely impactful,” said Sizile Mabaso, Chief Community Operations Officer for Cookhouse Wind Farm.

Mabaso continued explaining, “Workshops are interactive and loads of fun, packed with interactive activities parents can do at home with their children, whilst the home visits reinforce what is learnt in the workshops and provides the extra needed support.” 

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