If children are exposed to learning opportunities at home with their parents, then their potential for learning at school will also improve. With this in mind, the Rotary Club of Breede River Winelands hosted a training workshop for 21 teachers from Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres in Langeberg Municipality, equipping them with the knowledge and resources to facilitate a child development and pre-literacy programme with the parents of children who attend their ECD Centres.

[CAPTION]: An ECD teacher participates in a child development and pre-literacy workshop arranged by the Rotary Club of Breede River Winelands.

The seven session programme, which the ECD teachers will facilitate with parents of their charges, is known as the Home School Parent Partnership (HSPP). Each session focuses on aspects of child development and shows parents how to encourage and support their young children as they learn to speak, play and interact.

HSPP is a course devised by Cape Town based literacy and learning organisation called WordWorks. The Rotary Club of Breede River Winelands has spearheaded the project, together with funding support from the Rotary Club of Claremont and the Rotary Club of Swansea in Wales. Last year three exceptionally talented ECD principals from Bonnievale travelled to WordWorks in Cape Town to learn more about the HSPP course, there they were equipped with new knowledge, skills and resources in order to present the HSPP training course to their ECD colleagues in the Langeberg region.

“This one workshop will have a profound impact on the learning outcomes for many children in the area, as ECD teachers will continue for years to come to use all that they learnt to encourage parents to create learning opportunities at home with their young children,” says Monique Stuart-Fox, Chairperson of the Rotary Club of Claremont Outreach Committee. The Rotary Club of Claremont partners with many other Clubs in District 9350, providing financial support for various projects. In the past six years R1.5 million has been distributed by the Outreach Committee.