Category: News 2016

05 Dec 2016

Almost a thousand Cotlands children gear-up for Grade R

As 2016 draws to a close, Cotlands is bidding farewell to 928 children who attended our playgroups programme across South Africa as they get ready to enter Grade R next year. These children are part of the total 11 363 reached with Cotlands’ play-based early childhood development (ECD) programmes in six provinces in the year […]

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25 Nov 2016

Cotlands bags another good governance award

Cotlands has won another Integrated Reporting Award 2016 in recognition of its good governance and transparency by the Chartered Secretaries of Southern Africa (CSSA) and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). The Non-Profit Organisation Category Merit Award, which was Cotlands’ sixth award since 2011, was presented to the organisation during a ceremony held at Montecasino in […]

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07 Nov 2016

Over a million SA children at risk of being underdeveloped

As South Africa commemorates National Children’s Day on 05 November, more than a million children aged birth to six in the country are not in early childhood development programmes. This is despite government having prioritised access to early childhood development as stipulated in the National Development Plan 2030 to support optimal development of South Africa […]

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25 Jul 2016

Cotlands embarks on multi-year partnership to improve ECD in SA

Cotlands together with the Department of Basic Education, UNICEF and The LEGO Foundation hosted a 3 day conference to highlight the importance of play in a child’s development. The conference partners are now embarking on a multi-year partnership to radically change pre-school teaching in South Africa. CCTV’s Sumitra Nydoo filed this report.

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14 Jul 2016

Play-based learning takes centre stage

PRESS RELEASE Play-based learning takes centre stage The Play Conference, Johannesburg, 12 – 14 July 2016 The critical need for training and the implementation of play-based learning has been highlighted as priorities at a three day conference held in Johannesburg. The Department of Basic Education, early childhood experts Cotlands and the United Nations Children’s Fund […]

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19 Jun 2016

Celebrating 80 Years of Serving Children

On 01 August 2016, Cotlands will turn 80 years old. Those of us who work at this grand old organisation don’t know a lot about its long history – just information gained from newspaper articles, hearsay and old records. In fact, we are not even sure if 01 August is the actual day it all […]

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05 Apr 2016

Play Conference 2016

In July this year Cotlands hosted a national PLAY conference together with the Department of Basic Education and UNICEF. The conference, aimed at highlighting play-based learning in South Africa, was supported by the LEGO Foundation. The conference led to a multi-year partnership that will see 150 000 teachers trained in play-based learning. This project is […]

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06 Jan 2016

Back to Basics

Entering big school can be daunting for any child, but it is particularly daunting for children who have never held a crayon or paged through a book. More than 60% of children entering Grade 1 this year have not been afforded quality early learning opportunities. This means that the majority of these young pupils have […]

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