Category: Latest news

30 Aug 2018

Alcohol consumption poses a serious risk during pregnancy

Women who ingest large amounts of alcohol while pregnant cause irreparable damage to their babies. In South Africa, over 6-million people live with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder – this is the highest in the world. The country’s long history of trauma incurred by ruthless racial segregation continues to affect the lives of many people. Alcohol […]

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30 Aug 2018

School readiness begins at birth

The South African government has made Grade R (the year before Grade 1) compulsory for all children. Simultaneously, policy makers directed by extensive research, aim to strengthen the systems that support the earliest years through evidence-based early childhood development (ECD) programmes. For context, readiness is defined as a child being able to learn easily, effectively […]

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27 Jul 2018

Lina’s living her dream

Lina Mthombeni has always dreamed of being a teacher. But when she matriculated in 2015, she was devastated not to get a university pass. She didn’t have money for college either, and took a gap year. But in October 2016, Lina received a call that would change her life: Cotlands had accepted her application to […]

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27 Jul 2018

A message from Monica

I’m always on the lookout for opportunities for children to learn through play. Play is not only a child’s favourite pastime, but it’s a natural way for children to learn the building blocks for maths and language, to socialise and learn problem-solving skills. But there aren’t as many opportunities for play-based learning as you’d expect! […]

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27 Jul 2018

A new opportunity to reach remote villages

Cotlands has spread its reach to 350 children living in remote rural villages in Mkhondo, Mpumalanga. The villages are surrounded by farms and forestry, and Cotlands has been included in an innovative pilot project to provide these children with much-needed services. The initiative is spearheaded by Mondi and its strategic partners are Cotlands, TTN and […]

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27 Jul 2018

Cotlands’s Calendar of Celebrations

July 18 Mandela Day Celebrate Madiba’s birthday by making a difference in your community. Collective action makes the world a better place. August 1 Cotlands’s Birthday Cotlands was founded in 1936 as a baby sanctuary and today helps children thrive by providing high impact, play-based early learning opportunities. We share our 82nd birthday with all […]

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27 Jul 2018

Thank you for helping to smash the hunger roadblock

If you’ve ever watched a famished child trying to concentrate in class, then you’ll know why nutrition is so important to education. A hungry child simply can’t learn properly – and malnutrition upsets sleep patterns too, which makes learning even harder. That’s why Cotlands’ innovative early learning programme goes hand-in-hand with the provision of nutrition, […]

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27 Jul 2018

A tribute from Vicki!

Dear Monica, My Cotlands’ story begins more than 60 years ago, when my parents did charitable work for the institution. They were unable to have children and were hoping to adopt a baby. In 1954, I was finally given a home with my wonderful new parents. I remember visiting Cotlands with my mother as she […]

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27 Jul 2018

Temo takes two

When four-year-old Temo* joined Cotlands, his early learning facilitator (ELF) noticed that he didn’t like using his left hand. She got permission from his mother to spend extra time doing activities that use both his hands. Two months later, Temo is using both hands with ease. Well done to both our ELF a for taking […]

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27 Jul 2018

The future starts now

When you see two children huddled together with their play dough; what do you see? Do you see two children playing, or do you see two children learning? We see learning. Because even though formal school only starts at age six, learning starts way before this. It starts at birth. The first 1 000 days […]

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27 Jul 2018

Another happy Cotlander moves on

Three-year-old Nqobile* was severely malnourished when he joined our Mbipha playgroup in 2015. Thanks to our donors, we stepped in with a monthly food parcel; and urgently placed Nqobile in our extended feeding programme. The results were remarkable. After eight months, he blossomed from a reserved, underweight child to a healthy little boy who plays […]

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27 Jul 2018

In it for the long haul

It’s said that some friends come into your life for a season, and others a lifetime. Vicki Wepener is one of the latter. Vicky’s been supporting us for 20 years – but her relationship with Cotlands goes back much further, to when Matron Dorothy Reece was running Cotlands as a baby sanctuary. While we’re grateful […]

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