ATTENTION ALL ECD PRINCIPALS!
Please review this important checklist for registration of your ECD facility with the Western Department of Education. Please make sure that all these boxes are ticked.
For further information - and especially for ECD sites in Khayelitsha - please contact our Sikhula Sonke Coach and Support workers who will gladly assist you step by step to meet the registration requirements.
Download or view the checklist here
Noluvuyo Makeleni, our coaching and support worker, exhibited Sikhula Sonke's work at the ECD center registration drive that was organized by the City Of Cape Town. The ECD drive ran at Thusong Multi-purpose center In Khayelitsha this week to assist all unregistered ECD facilities with registration requirements.
There were lots of "happy jumpers" at Harare Library, thanks to a generous donation by Eskom Foundation who handed over two big jumping castles to Sikhula Sonke yesterday. It seems that not only kids enjoy jumping castles; we snapped photos of two of the Eskom delegates bouncing, as well as some of our staff. There's definitely nothing like a good jump to bring a smile to everyone's faces!
Did you know that bouncing, jumping and moving are extremely important to early childhood development? Learning to tumble and balance help important neural networks to form which help children later with spatial tasks and concentration.
Thank you to Eskom Foundation for this wonderful, most useful and inspired donation!
Women's Day is celebrated on August 8 in South Africa. This year we held our Women's Day celebrations two days later, and invited caregivers and teachers to join us at our hall in Harare Square.
First up was a planning session to set up the event details. Mdebuka and Winkie met our communications team member Kerry at CottonOn Body at Blue Route Mall, who kindly gave us a discount on their lovely CottonOn Foundation tote bags. HillTop Spar joined in with donations of sanitaryware and other items to fill the tote bags, and then the team set to with great enthusiasm and creativity to set up the hall, decorate tables and prepare to host 350 ladies.
It was a special day for all involved! Stories of hope, courage, a few tears and lots of laughter. Delicious food, and a tribute to the lovely ladies who are the heart and hands of our communities.
The Sikhula Sonke Crew staged celebrations of Mandela Day in a different style this year, all with the aim of making a tangible difference.
On of our first stops was Khayelitsha Hospital, where the team spent time with 23 children, playing with them, bringing along stimulating toys, games and activities, and praying for the sick children.
Another team headed to Khayelitsha Mall to educate the public about the importance of Early Childhood Development. This campaign reached 95 children and their caregivers.
And our newest Emthonjeni site, UT Gardens, hosted 81 children.
All these children enjoyed playing with a variety of toys. Many also received shoes, beanies, story books and party packs which were prepared and donated by the Sikhula Sonke Team.
Well done Sikhula Sonke Team, may the wonderful Lord richly bless all you did.
To move S.A forward Sikhula Sonke has taken a bold step to resource a beautiful structure that has been erected by Happy Child Foundation for children of Enkanini Community. This toy library resource was launched today with the message of protecting children at all times. Thank you to all the stakeholders involved, parents, children and CBO's!
Anna and Noah, together with the Home Choice Foundation, donated crates of children's books and toys to our Sikhula Sonke Toy Library. The children who visit the library really love their visits, and being able to take part in the handover was extra special. Several of the children opened up their readers straight away and started reading - leaving the "big people" to chat.
Our first Cluster workshop took place at Khunqu yesterday. Elizabeth, our Social Worker, facilitated the topics of "Getting to know yourself" and "Getting to know each other." Both new and old caregivers are so excited about the programme.