First Children is a 10-year programme started by the Auburn House Trust in 2013 to provide critical child development programmes to communities at risk.
Auburn House has a 25-year history of outreach initiatives and formal training programmes.
The specific objectives of the programme are –
starting and stabilising sustainable quality preschools in vulnerable and deprived areas;
providing children with foundational skills to ensure that they will enter and succeed in formal schooling;
training and developing local practitioners and mentors.
Laying The Foundation
Mqanduli District, Eastern Cape
(Coffee Bay, Kujonga, Ejojweni, Luqolweni, Sidabadabene, Mawotsheni, Hole in the Wall, Mapuzi)
What We Do –
- We run ECD training programmes at Ikhaya Labantwana Montessori school in Coffee Bay.
- We develop mentoring skills in the teachers to train and guide new trainees.
- We provide mentoring and support for a cluster of schools in local villages.
- We assist teachers and trainees in setting up new preschools.
Cape Town Groups
What we do-
We focus on improving understanding of child development and meeting the child’s needs, through
- support for trainees on accredited ECD training courses;
- building on traditionally-trained teachers’ knowledge and skills;
- workshops to develop practical hand skills and structured classroom materials;
- structured discussion groups with childminders and classroom assistants;
- ongoing mentoring in preschools and ECD centres.
We have –
- established and maintained strong emotional ties with the Khomani Bushmen families over many years through field trips and educational initiatives.
We wish to –
- support the community’s intention to establish a formalised setting within which the young children can receive cultural knowledge and skills, with literacy and numeracy;
- develop the adults’ skills towards maintaining an effective and sustainable learning environment.