Training :

Accredited training for ECD practitioners at NQF Level 4 core course and Level 1 core course.
Accredited training in Care for Babies and Toddlers as a core course at NQF Level 1 and as an elective.

Community Development :

Playgroup Programme - working in non-formal sites.
Income Generating Projects.
Whole community development
Financial Training
Organisational Development

Accredited training for ECD practitioners at NQF Level 4 core course and Level 1 core course
Grassroots implements accredited in-service training programmes for ECD practitioners, facilitators, and managers at National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 4 and NQF Level 1.

Through its training programmes, Grassroots aims to:
•provide access to training and recognition of prior learning for many experienced people, mostly women, who work with young children but have been excluded from education and training opportunities.
•address the need for enlightened, skilled adults needed in the ECD field. In addition, training begins to address issues of illiteracy, life-long learning, unemployment, poor health and poverty, HIV/aids, Children’s rights, Child Abuse and Protection, Minimum Standard for ECD Provision, Women’s rights and Worker’s Rights.
•enable learners to understand and respond appropriately to the needs of young children in all areas of their development.
•Improve the quality of early childhood development services for young children and their families.
•provide skills for employment, job-creation and income-generation in the context of ECD.
•Our aim is to integrate vital issues affecting women and children e.g. HIV/Aids, Children’s Rights, Child Abuse and Protection, Minimum standards for ECD provision, women’s rights and worker’s rights.

Accredited training in Care for Babies and Toddlers as a core course at NQF Level 1 and as an elective. Grassroots is very concerned with the care of babies and toddlers (0-3 year olds). Given the plight of this group of children, Grassroots developed an initial course focusing on the psychological, emotional and social development of babies and toddlers.

Playgroup Programme - working in non-formal sites.
This programmes is a partnership between Grassroots and communities, aimed at addressing the needs of the 84% of children outside Early Childhood provision by providing a safe, secure and stimulating environment.
The initiative is managed by communities and supported by Grassroots. The programme is designed to benefit 0-6 year old children of unemployed parents who fall outside of early childhood service provision. This programme aims to assist in providing a safe, secure and stimulating environment for all children through setting up playgroups.
The children are reached through organising and training unemployed parents (mainly mothers) to provide care and educational stimulation to their own and their neighbours’ children on a rotational voluntary basis. These playgroups are located in homes and hours and times are flexible and organised by each parent group – there are a variety of models and parents determine the model or design a new model that best suits their needs and community.

Income Generating Projects
This work is linked to the Playgroup Programme and is aimed at the unemployed parents of the children in the playgroups. In these session parents are taught various entrepreneurial skills which assist them with career path.

Whole community development
The whole community development concept is underpinned by the vision to provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment for all children in a specific community. It is a concept that acknowledges and mobilises all stakeholders in a given community in a consultative process.

Together stakeholders explore a plan of action for the community, with Grassroots playing a facilitative role and providing the necessary support. The approach is ECD-focussed but challenges other sectors into an intersectoral relationship, thus developing a holistic and integrated approach to Early Childhood Development and provision.

The strategy aims to initiate process, which result in communities exercising more control over decisions and resources that directly affect the quality of their own lives and those of their children, while moving towards an understanding of development in which empowerment is the foundation.

Financial Training
In preparation for the role of Treasurer of governing bodies.

Organisational Development
In preparation for a role on a governing body.

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