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17 Oct 2018

First 1000 days – Reading to babies from the day they’re born prepares them for life

It may seem an anomaly: how could infants, who can’t even focus their eyes properly, benefit from their parents reading to them. Even older babies seem more interested in exploring their worlds and are easily distracted when read to. It’s therefore no surprise that in a general household survey conducted in 2016, only half of […]

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02 Oct 2018

2018 ITLA newsletter

Hello Fellow Toy Librarians. Welcome to another opportunity to learn! Learn from attending conferences, learn what other toy libraries are doing, and then please share your news with us so that others can learn from you! For more information on upcoming events and toy library news – Follow the link to see the full newsletter […]

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02 Oct 2018

Literacy Day this year focuses on how to match skills to the future of work

International Literacy Day (ILD) was celebrated on September 8. The theme, Literacy and Skills development, aims to raise awareness about how to ensure that literacy skills match the skills required for the world of work. In order to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #4 (Ensuring equitable and quality education that promotes lifelong learning for all), […]

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02 Oct 2018

SA’s youngest children are not read to enough

SA’s youngest children are not read to enough

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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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