Special educare training

AN EAST London-based training company, The Training Academy, has just introduced a new early childhood development training programme entitled Basic Educare Teacher’s Training, to better equip teachers to meet the ever- growing demand for quality education, essential for all children before entering the formal school system.

EQUIPPED TO TEACH: Rolandie Webb, Nolonwabo Klass and Samantha Ihlenfeldt are some of the students who have taken up the Basic Educare Teacher’s Training

With many matriculants not able to get into university or not knowing what to do after school, becoming a pre-school teacher may be an option.

“Even though it is currently not a legal requirement for all educators to be trained as educare teachers, The Training Academy has taken up the challenge of reaching the community of pre-schools to equip their staff with the necessary skills,” said course developer and academy member Kerry-Jade Genders.

Kerry-Jade has a Bachelor of Education degree, is a qualified assessor and moderator, and recently achieved distinctions in the TESOL program.

“There is a tremendous shortage of skilled educators in the pre-school environment, a reality that The Training Academy endeavours to change.

“Many pre-schools employ under-qualified persons as teachers, which has an impact on the development of children, often leaving them ill-prepared for formal school.”

With the introduction of the new course offered by The Training Academy, current “teachers” can be upskilled to equip them for better educational delivery.

It is likely that a qualification will become a prerequisite for all prospective pre-school educators in the future, something which the industry desperately needs in order to raise the standards.

For further information about the training offered by The Training Academy, please contact Kerry-Jade on 073-140-0007 or e-mail kerry@thetrainingacademy.co.za



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