On 2nd September 14 students registered for the ECD Level 4 course. This is our third course and brings the total number of students doing Level 4 at Siphakeme to 40. Thirteen of these students have completed or are currently doing the Educare course and are now keen to add more theoretical knowledge to their practical training.
After just two lessens the students have settled into some serious studying under the guidance and encouragement of Di Stephen. Di, like Naidene and our other facilitators, is a qualified, experienced teacher of pre-school children and keen to pass on her knowledge and experience. Classes are kept small (13 to 16 students) and all teaching is through discussion and interaction with each other and the facilitator.
With small classes there is time for the facilitator to offer individual coaching where necessary, and she can give time to review all assignments and ensure maximum learning for each student. Our emphasis is on quality of teachers in training, not quantity.