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Ntataise Free State Operations

The Ntataise operations based in Rammulotsi, the township adjoining Viljoenskroon, work with pre-schools and communities in the north-west region of the Free State and in the North West province of South Africa.

Ntataise Free State offers accredited Early Childhood Development training programmes for pre-school practitioners as well as development and community outreach programmes that work directly with pre-schools, pre-school aged children, their parents and the broader community.

Accredited training

Accredited training for practitioners working in ECD centres/pre-schools has been identified as one of the crucial issues of early childhood development in disadvantaged, mainly rural areas of South Africa.

Ntataise Free State offers a full ECD qualification at Level 4 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Training programmes have been designed for in-service training with short periods of intensive workshops that are interspersed with on-site, hands-on support and mentoring. These programmes are intended to address critical and scarce skills within the ECD sector.

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Community outreach programmes

A significant challenge to ECD provision in poor communities of South Africa is one of access. Research shows that large numbers of children still have no opportunity to attend ECD programmes.

Ntataise’s Community Outreach Programme in the Free State comprises the Ntataise toy library based at the Ntataise training centre in Rammulotsi and two mobile playgroup units; one that operates in the township of Rammulotsi and a second that visits children living on farms in the surrounding Viljoenskroon area. The primary objective of these programmes is to increase access to play and learning opportunities for pre-school aged children not in a pre-school or home based ECD programme.

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Enriching learning in the playroom

In recent years it has become apparent that few ECD centres provide an optimum learning environment for pre-school children. Practitioners working in these centres may have a qualification but often do not have the practical know-how, support or equipment to ensure good quality, consistent daily learning programmes.

The Ntataise Enrichment Programme was introduced to improve learning in the playroom for children in community and home-based ECD centres by building on the knowledge and skills gained by practitioners during their qualification training.

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Latest News

2019 Ntataise Annual Report

Ntataise is delighted to share our 2019 Annual Report with you. Last year was another exciting year for Ntataise and the Ntataise Network as we continued to work together to increase the quality of early years services in largely marginalised communities in 7 of South Africa’s 9 provinces. We trust you will enjoy reading about our programmatic highlights and the many milestones reached in our 39th year of operation.

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Food relief in times of Covid-19

The sudden and stringent national lockdown imposed by Covid-19 left many families deprived of work and hence income in areas where Ntataise operates. Recognising the urgent need for food in communities in the Northern Free State, North West and Gauteng provinces where we work, Ntataise became instrumental in various hunger relief initiatives, and arranged for the distribution of 2000 food parcels.

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Piloting the digital delivery of the Ntataise Training and Support Programmes

On July the 6th 2020, almost four months after ECD facilities were required to shut down, the Gauteng High Court passed a judgement for ECD programmes to resume with immediate effect, on condition that they adhere to Covid-19 operating protocols.
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