Why was the home based education program for toddlers and pre-schoolers developed?

Due to the coronavirus outbreak and the lock down laws applied on ECD centres, parents of SEAT Academy requested management to research and develop an easy to use educational tool, which will allow parents and caregivers to continue the age appropriate stimulation of their children, at home.

The following reasons added to this request :

  1. Many household incomes were severely affected by the lockdown.  A more affordable solution had to be developed as many parents could no longer afford paying normal school fees, considering their children were being cared for at home, and not at school.
  2. Fear of contracting the virus : With no clear sight as to when ECD's will re-open, many parents indicated that they are not comfortable to send their children until they felt safe to do so.  Amidst the fact that ECD's will be taking all precautionary measures to ensure the child's safety as far as possible, many parents who have the option of a caregiver, indicated their preference to continue with the home based program, with support from the school.
  3. Many parents felt they lacked the know-how and understanding to carry out the work of the ECD teacher at home.
  4. Significant concerns that children would not be receiving appropriate stimulation to ensure that developmental milestones are adequately reached.

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The solution

Having carefully listened to the concerns raised by our families; SEAT Academy, together with partners, developed South Africa's first online Home Based support educare program for parents of toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Here are the benefits of the Home based support educare program:

  1. Considering that learners were not getting the full service and support at their ECD centres, we developed a tool that significantly reduced the monthly costs linked to educare services.
  2. Understanding that many parents would rather not take the risk of sending little ones into public spaces over this period, but yet still needing to ensure the development of their child; we have designed a tool to assist parents in reaching these goals with the added confidence of their children's safety at home.
  3. Being aware that most parents are not equipped and trained to teach little ones on a daily basis, we are focused on empowering parents to have the confidence and basic knowledge to work effectively with their children.  It is for this reason that we have developed a user-friendly and home friendly program centered around play, to make it easy for any caregiver to follow with ease.
  4. By considering specific developmental milestones for each age group, as well as all the learning areas, our goal is to facilitate the process of achieving the necessary developmental outcomes.

Please take note that attendance at an educare centre does provide a holistic approach for child development.  Active participation in such programs will have many benefits for your child in the long run.  Factors such as socialisation and becoming familiar with predictable daily routines, serve to benefit your child in countless ways.  This tool serves to meet stimulation and specific developmental goals, however, it cannot replace the holistic approach offered by registered early childhood development centres.

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Age appropriate, easy to follow, daily lesson plans developed by an Occupational therapist and a team of qualified early childhood development educators

Each day is packed with carefully designed activities structured around the six main development areas of your toddler:

  • Language and Literacy Development

    Use one or two words to label objects and express needs and wants; build an understanding of words through interactions including reading books; imitate reading behaviors like turning pages and babbling while looking at pictures; explore writing with scribbles on paper

  • Executive Function

    Remember the location of objects like a specific toy; follow simple rules some of the time; watch and imitate how others use objects or complete tasks; control impulses some of the time.

  • Social and Emotional Development

    Show increased interest in interacting with familiar adults; show increased interest in interacting with other children; manage emotions independently or with the help of a familiar adult; notice when other children are upset and try to help them feel better

  • Physical Development and Wellness

    Learn to walk and start to run; play games that develop throwing and kicking skills; show an increasing ability to control their hands; start to communicate at mealtime using simple words

  • Cognitive Development

    Show interest in counting and start to identify one, two, or three objects; learn words like up and down and differences in size and volume; sort and classify objects like helping parent or caregiver make piles of different colored toys; explore cause and effect by discovering new ways to play with toys

  • Creative Expression

    Create art using materials like crayons and clay; move creatively with other kids to learn body awareness and build social skills; enter the world of make believe with simple props like toy phones and puppets; interact with music through games and simple songs

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