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A milestone worth celebrating

by Jackie Schoeman | April 7, 2016 | Blog

Cotlands turns 80 this year – and that’s a milestone worth celebrating! It’s worth taking a glance back at…

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Eighty years’ on and we’re still evolving – thanks to friends like you!

by Cotlands | March 17, 2016 | Blog

It’s been 80 years’ since Cotlands founder Matron Dorothy Reece took an abandoned baby into her home and poured …

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Playful learning

by Monica Stach | January 10, 2016 | Blog

At Cotlands we use a model called playful learning which are based on best practice and years of research. 

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The situation of play in South Africa

by Monica Stach | December 11, 2015 | Blog

South Africa’s key child related policies explicitly states that play is an important element when working with, and p…

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Monitoring and evaluation

by Mealang Van Heerden | November 10, 2015 | Blog

In May 2014 Cotlands launched the early learning play groups in communities where we already had a foot print. This transiti…

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Should I be doing more to protect my child?

by Mealang Van Heerden | October 12, 2015 | Blog

As a mother of 3 young children, child protection week is always a grim reminder of all the terrible things that happen to c…

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Baby steps for birth to four curriculum

by Mealang Van Heerden | September 10, 2015 | Blog

In 2003, 1 252 071 children embarked on their formal school career, these children would become the class of 2014 where the …

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Themba’s story

by Lois Moodley | August 19, 2015 | Blog

Ducats like many townships in South Africa battles high levels of alcohol and drug abuse.

Children in this co…

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Senzo’s story

by Lois Moodley | July 8, 2015 | Blog

Thank you to all our sponsors particularly Greener Pastures

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World Play Day 2015

by Cotlands | June 1, 2015 | Blog

Over 2000 children participated in World Play Day activities arranged by Cotlands on 28 May.

Games ranging fr…

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Setting up in the North West province

by Mealang Van Heerden | May 19, 2015 | Blog

I’m not sure how much you are willing to sacrifice for your job but this week I realised that I was privileged to be p…

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How Donate Your Birthday works

by Lois Moodley | April 2, 2015 | Blog

Signing up as a birthday donor is simple.

Step 1:

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Capturing Cotlands Part 1

by Lois Moodley | March 12, 2015 | Blog

I recently had the privilege of visiting our projects in Gauteng with our resident photographer,

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Why Early Childhood Development is a critical component of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

by Jackie Schoeman | February 26, 2015 | Blog

In 2000, all 189 (at that time) United Nations member states adopted eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and committed…

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World leaders urged to invest in early education

by Lois Moodley | January 26, 2015 | Blog

It is encouraging to see world leaders take note of the importance of education and early childhood development.

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Annual national assessments fail to address core issues

by Jackie Schoeman | December 9, 2014 | Blog

As in previous years, the Annual National Assessments (ANA’s), released earlier this week, have come under fire from v…

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Cotlands brings #GivingTuesday to South Africa

by Lois Moodley | November 26, 2014 | Blog

Cotlands is putting the FUN in fundraising.

We are excited to be participating in an awesome global movement …

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Selecting the right toy

by Mealang Van Heerden | November 18, 2014 | Blog

Toy shopping can be daunting for anyone let alone choosing the right one. When choosing toys for your child it is important …

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The economy of education

by Jackie Schoeman | November 4, 2014 | Blog

Economic power in an increasingly globalised environment is pertinent to any country’s survival.  Brazil, Russia,…

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Creating safer ‘centres’ for early learning

by Jackie Schoeman | October 6, 2014 | Blog

Over the past 5 years there has been significant growth in government’s spending in the early childhood development (E…

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Learning to love

by Mealang Van Heerden | September 12, 2014 | Blog

Social and emotional development has a lasting impact on a child’s wellbeing and often determines a child’s scho…

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From South Africa to South Korea

by Monica Stach | August 28, 2014 | Blog

13th International Toy Library conference hosted by Korea Toy Library Association, Seoul, Korea from 18-22 August…

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The situation of children in South Africa

The situation of children in South Africa

by Monica Stach | July 15, 2014 | Blog

I was horrified when I heard that more than 30 000 child abuse cases were reported in last decade. And this year, we were al…

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Holidays don’t have to be horrible!

Holidays don’t have to be horrible!

by Mealang Van Heerden | June 25, 2014 | Blog

The upcoming holidays can cause more anxiety than a visit to the dentist, so here are my tips to surviving the holidays….

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