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Nasou Via Afrika Publishers
Via Afrika Publishers
MacMillan South Africa
Beyond 2000

ond 2000


FORUM FOR E.C.D. HISTORY

 

 

 


 

The ECD Forum was established in 2002 ECD schools from Joburg Region
4, now known as Region B, created the ECD Forum. This Forum was
initiated by the ECD facilitator Ms. Naomi van Schalkwyk of the Regional Department of Human Development to work in unison, share programs, activities and participate in scheduled annual events The ECD Forum started with about 10 crèches, preschools and ECD Schools being involved in its activities. The Forum started with about 10
organizations. 
The ECD Forum has since grown to 30 ECD centers and associated organizations
It has an executive committee elected bi-annually, governed by a Constitution and a professional code of conduct The preschool practitioners are being empowered to develop and demonstrate their personal skills, by means of implementing their
potential, talent, skills knowledge and experience. This is a major focus of the Forums objectives.The ECD Forum for Region B is governed by a Constitution, a professional Code of Conduct and a Pledge of Trust. The Forum’s major development objectives are to empower and develop preschool practitioners by providing opportunities to be part of a professional community of practitioners. The Forum guides and mentor practitioners in their demonstration and implementation of best ECD practice through
enhancing their personal skills, potential, talent, shared knowledge and experience.
Since its inception the ECD Forum of Jo’burg Region B established a constitution as a guiding document, an elected executive to manage its function, a newsletter as a public record of events and activities, a pledge of trust to uphold the development of professionalism, a professional code of conduct for all ECD practitioners that are recognised members of the forum, affiliation certificates as recognition of membership to the forum, working relationships with a number of service providers and companies with education, training and development as their primary focus. In
August 2008 obtained its independence from Jo’burg Region B. The ECD
Human Development Unit of Jo’burg Region B still has representation
within the forum. We thank Region B and Ms N Van Schalkwyk for putting us on a pathway to success!
In August 2008 the ECD Forum obtained its independence from Jo’burg
Region B. The ECD Human Development Unit of Jo’burg Region B still
has representation within the forum. We thank Region B and Ms N Van
Schalkwyk for putting us on a pathway to success! This new year, the
executive members are aiming to involve the ECD Forum in more
developmental initiatives. The Forum for ECD has also obtained new
venues for it’s monthly meetings. The Executive meetings will be
held at TC Esterhuizen Primary School, every second Wednesday of
every month at 14h00. The Forum meetings will take place at Dowling
Primary School every third Wednesday of every month at 14h00. The
Forum for ECD currently has 23 affiliated ECD schools in its forum.

 

 




Workshops and E.C.D. Events
  
Since its inception, the ECD Forum of Jo’burg Region B established a constitution as a guiding document, an elected executive to manage its function, a newsletter as a public
record of events and activities, a pledge of trust to uphold the development of professionalism, a professional code of conduct for all ECD practitioners that are recognized members of the forum, affiliation certificates as recognition of membership to the forum, working relationships with a number of service providers and companies with education, training an, development as their primary focus

  

The ECD Forum for Region B had its AGM on the 19th March 2008 for the year
2007 to 2008. The results of the AGM were that the current executive members
that are managing the ECD Forum, were re-elected and they hold their same
roles and responsibilities as the previous year. Ms. S. Peters has been
elected for the executive management. The Forum will continue under the same
executive as the previous year. 
 

 





P r a c t i t i o n e r  T r a i n i n g

 

On-site practitioner training at Ms Motts Motherland
Practitioners were trained in E.C.D. level 1 from funding obtained through
the department of Labor. Practitioners are trained on-site at schools in the
Forum. We welcome Mrs. Michelle Kasper as a training ECD practitioner to Ms
Mott’s Motherland and would gladly support other people with this
opportunity.   
Practitioners were coached by “Sports in a Bag”,  who demonstrated sports
activities and the proper use of sports equipment for children.




C h i l d r e n  S p o r t s & E v e n t s
 
Combined child sports events were coordinated in which schools
participated in sport activities at Westbury Stadium, Bill Jardine and
at the TAG sports day. 
 
S e p a r a t e  E x c u r s i o n

 

 Children from some centers were taken to visit the Joburg Zoo and 

Constitution Hill

P a r t i c i p a t i o n  W o r k s h o p s


Nutrition presented by Kholeka Mkhize from Nestlé

An informative workshop on nutrition was organized by
Naomi Van Skalkwyk and presented by Kholeka Mkhize from
Nestlé. There was a total of 24 ECD practitioners
present at the workshop. The ECD practitioners were very
enthusiastic and described the workshop as a great and
valuable learning experience. Thank you Nestlé.  
The Singing Schools presented by Malcolm Bowie from
S.T.A.L.K. Education

 

A workshop on ‘The Singing Schools’ methodology was
organized by the ECD Forum Executive. STALK
Education presented an action-based, child-centred
experience to 13 ECD practitioners  from 8 ECD
centres. The course was presented by Malcolm Bowie.
The ECD practitioners were very motivated and
participated in all the activities. They also
discovered how to integrate singing, thinking and
listening into their daily programmes. This workshop
allowed child-care practitioners to find out about
the inner voice, development of hearing and how to
diagnose a child’s hearing ability. All participants
present requested that more of this type of
interactive workshop is valuable to them.
Practitioner support sessions were conducted in arts, music
and the use of educational material. A workshop
in First-Aid was provided by the Emergency Management
Services. A Story-telling workshop was held in some of the
crèches presented by the Library department.

 
The Triple H Concept 

Our first session on designing lessons for the ECD classroom
focused on organizing a learning experienced and the
school’s time table through an integrated approach were life
orientation, numeracy & literacy, science, arts & culture
components can be inter-woven and linked through the triple
H concept.
 
Head     Hand        Heart 

  

All these areas can be achieved in a learning programme
using a theme and linking “Heads-on, Hands-on and
Hearts-on” aspects, keeping the learners busy learning
through everything they do. Support a talking and doing
classroom through trying the triple H concept.  Keep
your eye open for the next session. The Forum is
designing their own NQF level 2, 3 and 4 ECD
practitioner training materials using this concept. 
We look forward to including any person and their
creative ideas in the process on every third Saturday of
each month.   

 

Drawing Special Characters
The teachers of the schools in the ECD Forum also
participated in workshops to help develop their skills
and knowledge in: 
– Drawing Characters using mixed media and waste 
– Integrating Mathematics, Arts and Culture, Technology,
Life Orientation, Languages and Natural – –   
  Sciences into hand-work activities 
– Using children drawings to determine and assess the
personal development of a learner 
– Facilitating group work and face-to-face work with
learners of all ages in ECD and 
– Using drawings as a  collection of evidence that
presents the development stages of a learner as part of 
  continuous assessment.    
These workshops presented by Mr M. Bowie (STALK
Education (cc)) assisted in generating funds to meet
expenses in providing support for future workshops.

 

Making Home-made Friends

A workshop on making ‘My home-made friend’ was
presented to the school teachers of the ECD Forum 
by Mr M. Bowie from STALK Education (cc). This
workshops aimed to help develop useful classroom
handwork skills, knowledge, values and attitudes in: 
•  Making home-made toys using mixed media and waste 
•  Integrating Mathematics, Arts and Culture,
Technology, Life Orientation, Languages and Natural

  

   Sciences into hand-work activities 
•  Using animation and puppetry techniques to stimulate
communication amongst ECD learners  
•  Using animation and puppetry techniques to determine
and assess the personal development of a
   learner 
•  Facilitating group work and face-to-face assessment
of learners of all ages in ECD, and 
•  Using learner-made animations as a  collection of
evidence that presents the development stages of a
   learner as part of continuous assessment.   

 

Participating E.C.D Schools

The ECD Forum Schools that participated in both the
‘Drawing Characters’ and ‘My Home-made Friend:’
workshops were: Little People; Little Achievers; St
Francis; Ms Motts Motherland; Davey Road Flats;  
Bosmont Nursary and Zamimpilo.   

 

Management Workshop for E.C.D. Educators.

 

Joburg Region B and the Department of Labour
organised an accredited management workshop
for ECD educators. 8 ECD educators from
Region B graduated from this workshop. A
special graduation ceremony was held at the
Transformation and Development Centre (TDC).

 

HIV / AIDS Training Workshop
An HIV / AIDS workshop was presented to the
teachers of the schools in the E.C.D. Forum, by
Ms Thourhaan Musson, from WEFSA on 26th July
2008 at TDC. The following aspects of HIV / AIDS
and its social problems were addressed: 
•  Stigma; Discrimination; Rights; Obligations;
Gender Dimensions; Awareness; Prevention;
Protection;
   Treatment; Care and Support.  
•  Effects on vulnerable people such as:
   caregivers, street children, refugees,
parents, expectant mothers, orphans, single
parents and the
   unemployed.
 
The ECD Schools that attended the workshop
were:  Sadie’s Daycare; Little Learners; Little
People; Ms Motts Motherland; Zamimpilo and STALK
Education.
 
Teambuilding Workshop 

 

A Teambuilding, Peace Games experiential
learning workshop was held on 2nd August
2008 at the Coronationville Recreation
Centre. It was presented by Brandon
Johnstone from STALK Education  The workshop
focused on teambuilding using communication
skills, listening skills, problem solving
skills and trust.
 
The participating schools were: LGS
Dynamics; Davey Road Pre School; Sadie’s
Daycare; Ms Motts Motherland; Little
Learners; little people; Little
Achievers and Zamimpilo ECD.

 

Child Behaviour Workshop 

Mr. John Jacobs, an ECD service
provider from France displayed his
knowledge and skills on child
behaviour at one of the ECD
workshops in Mayfair on 7th August
2008. This workshop was aimed at the
audience of Mayfair schools and
neighbouring areas. Mr. John Jacobs
also gave valuable input associated
with preschool management across the
world in other countries as well as
improving the quality of services of
preschools. 12 schools attended this
session.  
  

 

First Aid Training Workshop

 

St Johns provided a First Aid training
workshop for the ECD schools within the ECD
Forum. There were 3 training sessions held,
2 sessions at St John’s training venue and 1
training session held at Riverlea Recreation
Centre. The training workshop was pitched at
levels 1 and 3.  
  
The ECD Schools that attended the workshop were:
Sadie’s Daycare; Little Achievers; Little
People;  
Little Sunshine; Bosmont Nursary School; Ms
Motts Motherland; Busy Bees; STALK Education;
HIPPY; 
LGS Dynamics; St Francis,  St Elizabeth; and
Davey Road Flats.
  




C h i l d  P r o t e c t i o n  W e e k

 

 2007

 

The E.C.D. Forum celebrated Child Protection awareness
at the Highgate shopping centre on the 9th June 2007,
where 15 crèches were on display with their stalls and
the children with their parents in tow, were involved in
a variety of events.  They spent a lovely day having
fun, doing things and watching exciting entertainment. A
big thank you goes to all who participated and ‘got
their hands dirty’.  A number of Service Providers in
our community greeted all with big smiles and cheerful
guidance, enthusiasm and fun.To acknowledge a few
members: Emergency Management Services deals with burns
and poisoning prevention, etc.; Colgate- Palmolive;
Local Libraries with their children gift bags; SABC
Urbanbrew; Together Action Group (TAG); Netcare911;
Medical Research Council (MRC). Stalls with educational
material and live entertainment groups graced the
occasion: Eskom, Dream of the Nation (D.O.N.); Teenage
Star Models; Monkeynastix; SAATME and many more. Join us
next year, again for more fun. Let’s make it bigger and
better. 

2008

  

The ECD Forum celebrated  and hosted an event
for Child Protection Awareness, on the 05th 
June 2008 at the Bill Jardine Stadium. There was
a total of 8 ECD schools and 276 kids ranging
from the ages between 3 and 6 years old. There
were 5 service providers who supported this
event namely, Monkeynastics, SPCA , SAPS, Zinto
Productions and Joburg  Region B. The event was
a great success and all the children enjoyed the
various activities that were held on that day.
On behalf of the ECD Executive and the Forum
members, we would like to thank all the service
providers, the executive and Forum members,
educators, ECD schools, the management of the
Bill Jardine Stadium and most of all the
children for a great event. After all, the
children were the VIPs of the event. 

 





C h i l d  P r o t e c t i o n — S e r v i c e 
P r o v i d e r s

 

N a t i o n a l  C h i l d r
e n ’ s  D a y  E v e n t s 

 
National Children’s Day was celebrated on the 2nd November.
A number of schools from the Forum  celebrated the day in
exciting ways showing their dedication and commitment
towards the development of children: St Francis, St
Elizabeth’s, Ms Motts Motherland and HIPPY— Fire Engine
Demonstration;  Little Achievers—Trip to Santarama Miniland;
Bafana Le Bonyana – Fire Engine Demonstration; Simmunye,
Davey Road Flats – Kiddies Olympics at the Danie Van Zyl
recreation centre.