P­res­chool te­a­ching: a gro­wing and mu­chnee­ded pro­fes­si­on

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News | Nuus -

Em­ploy­ment of p­res­chool te­a­chers is pro­jected to grow 17% from 2012 to 2022, which is fas­ter than the a­vera­ge for all occu­pa­ti­ons.

The im­por­tan­ce of e­ar­ly child­hood e­du­ca­ti­on is star­ting to get its just emp­ha­sis. E­ar­ly child­hood de­ve­lop­ment (ECD) is seen as one of the most cost-ef­fi­cient in­ves­t­ments in hu­man ca­pi­tal which le­ads to a coun­try’s sus­tai­na­ble de­ve­lop­ment. Ad­di­ti­o­nal­ly, the po­pu­la­ti­on of child­ren a­ged three to fi­ve is ex­pected to in­cre­a­se, furt­her heig­h­te­ning the de­mand for qua­li­fied p­res­chool te­a­chers.

Knys­na E­du­ca­ti­on Trust (KET) is in their thi­rd y­e­ar of pre­sen­ting FET-accre­dit p­res­chool te­a­cher qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons. With a strong ser­vi­ce pro­vi­der, pro­fes­si­o­nal chil­d­ca­re col­le­ge, KET of­fers part-ti­me cour­ses for stu­dents to work whi­le si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly acces­sing qua­li­ty trai­ning within the Gar­den Rou­te.

We ha­ve stu­dents sho­wing in­cre­di­ble ent­hu­si­asm, pas­si­on and de­di­ca­ti­on in their as­sig­n­ments and practi­cal ap­pli­ca­ti­on.

“The KET trai­ning cen­t­re is so far the be­stop­por­tu­ni­ty c­hoi­ce I ha­ve ma­de. They are very help­ful and un­der­stan­ding of spe­ci­fic needs for e­ach s­tu­dent. I en­joy being in class be­cau­se our lec­tu­rer An­ge­li­na S­mith is very c­le­ar, help­ful and sup­por­ti­ve throug­hout lec­tu­res.

The KET trai­ning cen­t­re is con­ve­nient for me, due to the fact that they are lo­cal­ly si­tu­a­ted. I find gre­at va­lue in the trai­ning cen­t­re, not just to be ca­reer dri­ven but it al­so helps me with my per­so­nal li­fe and rai­sing my two child­ren. I feel con­fi­dent that in the fu­tu­re I could ma­ke a dif­fe­ren­ce in so­meo­ne’s li­fe and be a­ble to te­ach so­meo­ne el­se by be­co­ming the be­st te­a­cher I can be. All t­hanks to KET and their per­son­nel.” – S­tu­dent Na­di­ne van der Walt, May 2018

From left: Ja­ni­ne S­mith, Es­mel­dia Jo­nas, Lu­chain Vaal­tyn, Pat­ty Lees (lec­tu­rer), Ta­nya Pe­dro, E­de­li­ne In­nes, Non­ko­si Zin­de­la and Gay­la Dla­mi­nie

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