The Early Learning Support Project (ELSP) supports Early Childhood Education initiatives in Masiphumelele and Ocean View, ensuring that children are better prepared for success by the time they enter primary school. The project reaches out to over 2000 children every month. This includes through the Green Curtains Preschool in Ocean view; the Masakhane Educare in Masiphumelele; support to 40 ECD partial care facilities/ day mothers; and through our Family and Community Motivation Project.
Masakhane Educare provides a warm and loving learning environment for 140 children aged between 3 and 6 years in Masiphumelele. With its committed team of 6 educators, 3 volunteers assistant teachers and 3 support staff, Masakhane provides children with a stimulating learning programme, ensuring that they are well prepared by the enter primary school. Masakhane truly is a model school in the community of Masiphumelele.
The Green Curtains Preschool
The Green Curtains Preschool in Ocean View provides partial care and education for 124 children between the ages of 3-6 years. With a team of qualified and experienced educators and volunteers, the school provides a stimulating learning programme for all children. Weekly theme planning allows children to learn about a new and exciting topic every week. Children also participate in excursions to gain a better understanding of what they learn about the world around them.
Family and Community Motivation Project
This project identifies and supports young children who are unable to access early learning services , and through early learning intervention and capacity building with primary caregivers, we are able to ensure that around 250 young children receive early learning , as well improved care and stimulation.
Due to challenges with child health in the community of Masiphumelele, the project has formed a partnership with the local clinic to ensure that young children in the project are regularly monitored. Children who are underweight will immediately be screened for TB and referred to hospital if necessary. These children will also be referred back to our organisation to receive nutritional supplements including formula and porridge.
The 10 fieldworkers in this project work tirelessly to ensure the basic needs of children; that they are protected from harm, receive love and support and participate in play and learning activities so that they may get the best start in life.