The Educare Programme
Philani has Educare classes at each of the Nutrition Centres where children can participate in a stimulating ‘Learn-and-Play’ programme.
In the 1980s, as Philani started to expand, with mothers becoming involved in the Income Generation Programme, it was recognised that there was a need for a place where Philani’s pre-school children could play and learn in a safe environment. This was the beginning of what is now the Educare Programme. At each Nutrition Centre, a space was made available specifically for the children, and the mothers took it in turns to care for them. Over time mothers who were interested were sent for training in Early Childhood Education.
Philani now has eleven Educare classes across our centres serving more than two hundred and forty children between the ages of three and six. All of our teachers have formal training with qualifications varying from a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) level 4 to degrees in primary education.
The Educare Programme is consistent with our mission of promoting good child health and development knowing that children who play not only enjoy developmental benefits, but also recover faster from illness and malnutrition.
Our Educares have now become the primary focus of our Nutrition Centres.