Category: Latest news

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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27 Jul 2018

Battle of the rattles

Children will enjoy making their own rattles from empty water bottles – and will have even more fun trying to see whose rattle makes the loudest noise. To make plastic rattles, you’ll need: • Water bottles • Glue • Paint or kokis • Turpentine • Paint brushes • Rice/beans/popcorn seeds • Glitter, confetti & small […]

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26 Jul 2018

Playing is the key to success in reading, writing, math and excellent matric results

Reading, writing and maths are one of the first things children learn when they get to primary school and critical skills required to pass and excel in matric. And yet, mastering these skills begins at birth and through play. Play is increasingly recognised as the foundation for all learning. In a world where 755-million adults […]

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25 Jul 2018

Obama, Mandela and others that have recognised children

On the day that iconic statesman and political activist Nelson Mandela would have been 100 years old, former US president Barack Obama gave a speech in Johannesburg in his honour. Obama reiterated Mandela’s legacy of universal freedom for all and pointedly mentioned the role of young people. Mandela and Obama are two of a handful […]

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25 Jul 2018

Play Conference 2018

The 2018 Play Conference hosted by the Department of Basic Education, UNICEF, Cotlands and the LEGO Foundation took place between 9 and 12 July. It was held in 3 provinces – Freestate, Gauteng and Eastern Cape and was based on the theme ‘Back to the Basics for Life-Long Learning’. Please see below the Keynote address […]

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21 Jun 2018

Future of work

HERE’S HOW TO PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR THE FUTURE WORK ENVIRONMENT As we celebrated Youth Day this past weekend, we reflected on this country’s traumatic past, while imagining thriving communities for its youth. There are many programmes and projects needed to unlock young people’s potential, and there’s little doubt that much is happening in this […]

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11 Jun 2018

Nelson Mandela Day Activities 2018

BE THE LEGACY THIS MANDELA DAY “Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth who care for and protect our people” – Nelson Mandela Approximately 40% of young children in South […]

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07 Jun 2018

MySchool and Cotlands

Help raise funds for what matters most to you. Get your free MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card today and swipe to support Cotlands. Download the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card application form here

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30 May 2018

Monica Stach – CEO of Cotlands receives her doctrate

Dr Monica Stach, CEO of Cotlands received her doctrate at a graduation ceremony at the University of Pretoria on 25 April 2018. The title of Monica’s thesis: “The role of toy libraries in the provision of play-based learning opportunities for young children” Follow the link below for Monica’s thesis: Final_M Stach_Thesis_070218_FullVersion

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