Ntataise meaning to lead a young child by the hand is an independent, nonprofit organisation founded in South Africa in 1980. The organisation was founded with the objective of helping women in disadvantaged rural communities to gain the knowledge and skills needed to establish and sustain Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes. Over the years Ntataise’s training and development work has spread from farm worker communities to towns and villages. Today Ntataise’s operations are divided between its training and development programmes in the Free State and its national network capacity building and support programme.
One of Ntataise’s greatest success stories is the development and growth of a network which includes some of South Africa’s leading ECD organisations. This Ntataise Network has developed over 20 years and has made its mark in areas where there would otherwise be no ECD provision for young children. Today the Network is one of the strongest of its kind in the country and its 17 self-sufficient and independent member organisations which spans over seven of South Africa’s nine provinces. Ntataise offers the Network accredited training programmes which include learning and resource materials, assessment and moderation systems. Ntataise also runs a comprehensive training programme for Ntataise Network trainers and offers organisational development workshops and capacity building support to directors of Network organisations.
Ntataise’s work in the Free State has spread from establishing pre-schools on farms in Viljoenskroon, to training and supporting women involved in ECD programmes (both centres and home-based) in an increasing number of towns in the northern Free State and surrounding areas. Ntataise’s Free State training and development programmes work directly with pre-schools, children, parents and communities, with a pivotal focus on the child.
The Ntataise Further Education and Training Certificate (FETC) in ECD Level four training programme provides accredited training and carries a vocational qualification. There are 75 pre-school practitioners who have graduated from the programme in March 2013, and a further 75 are currently in training. On completion of the Level four training programmes participate in the Ntataise Enrichment programme which provides intensive on-site support, monthly theme-based workshops and provision of a carefully selected set of educational toys, equipment and books.
Ntataise‘s Free State community outreach programme includes a toy library and two mobile playgroup units. The objective of these programmes is to increase access to planned play and learning opportunities for pre-school aged children not in pre-school or home-based ECD programmes. These initiatives which reach 410 children and 42 parents / caregivers are presented by experienced Ntataise facilitators who offer a structured learning programme consisting of activities which focus on school readiness.
Though its programmes, Ntataise has empowered thousands of women who in turn have reached approximately 500 000 children in some of South Africa’s most disadvantaged areas. These programmes have had a considerable impact on ECD in South Africa and significantly improved the standard and quality of learning programmes offered to young children.
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