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…
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 …
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.
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…
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…
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…
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 …
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…
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…
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…
How Donate Your Birthday works
by Lois Moodley | April 2, 2015 | Blog
Signing up as a birthday donor is simple.
Capturing Cotlands Part 1
by Lois Moodley | March 12, 2015 | Blog
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…
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.
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…
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 …
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 …
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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….