Start your own child care centre – apply now for Ngwana Pele (Child First) Project

Early Childhood Development Training

Have you successfully completed an ECD course at Siyabonga Africa? Are you passionate about running your own ECD Centre and uplifting children in your community? We are calling on all Siyabonga Africa’s previous ECD students to apply for an opportunity to participate in the Ngwana Pele (Child First) Project to run their own ECD Centre.

This is an exciting opportunity for ten aspiring ECD owners to to generate income and provide quality care to children between the ages of 0 and 5.

There are currently over 1.7 million these children living in Gauteng. More than half are deemed to be poor. Their chances of receiving the proper emotional
and educational development in their formative years are slim. They are left in the care of unskilled and ill-equipped mothers or caregivers, in environments that are not conducive to healthy growth and enhancement. Poor early childhood development is directly linked to high school drop out levels, resulting in unemployment, numerous social ills and an unending cycle of poverty.

Siyabonga Africa is launching a 12-month initiative to train, equip and mentor ten unemployed women; empowering them with skills, knowledge, tools and support to run their own, income-generating, ECD (Day Mother) centres from home. Not only will they have an opportunity to improve their own lives, but they will be helping young children to reach their full potential through proper foundational development.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 7 JUNE 2021.

About the project

The project will commence in June 2021 and continue for a period of 12 months. This is a partnership programme and it requires all parties to be fully involved and dedicated for the entire 12 months – no absenteeism, no excuses.

Successful candidates will take part in courses and workshops relating to Early Childhood Development. The training will include Home Vegetable Gardening Training and a Basic Entrepreneurial course. They will be issued with tasks that need to be completed and implemented at their ECD within an agreed period. They will receive a starter pack which will enable them to start operating their ECD Centres.

Mentorship, Monitoring and Evaluation. Successful candidates will be linked with a mentor for further training and support purposes. The mentor will conduct site visits and issue tasks that will need to be completed and implemented at their ECD within an agreed period. Incentives will be given (such as teaching tools and materials) based on each candidate’s participation in the programme and tasks completed.

At the end of the programme an awards ceremony will be held to celebrate the journey, successes and learning of the programme.

Who can apply?

The ideal applicant is one who embraces hard work and is committed to upskilling themselves in order to make a difference the lives of others, by becoming an agent of change. They should have a desire and drive to be independent and successful.

Women who are interested in this opportunity should have the following qualities:

  • enthusiasm and passion for children
  • patience and humour
  • communication skills
  • respect of differences
  • creativity and flexibility
  • emotional intelligence

Further requirements include:

  • previous, successful ECD student of Siyabonga Africa, who can show that they have used their skills in some way or another (reference required)
  • site from which to be able to run a small day care centre (proof of ownership or rental agreement)
  • basic computer literacy skills
  • South African citizenship

How to apply

Apply online at http://applications.siyabongaafrica.org.za/. Fill in your personal information and, under SERVICES, select NGWANA PELE PROJECT. You will need a certified copy of your ID, latest school results (or ECD certificate), reference letter, Tax Clearance Certificate from SARS and Curriculum Vitae (CV).
Once your application has been processed, a confirmation email will be sent to you informing you whether or not you will be progressing to part 2 of the
application process.

Part 2 includes submitting a motivational video of yourself, the work you have done, an interview with your reference and footage of the site you will be using. Further documentation confirming your application (such as a property rental agreement etc.) may be required at this point. Instructions will be given via email. Once your video and documentaton have been received and processed, a confirmation email will be sent to you informing you whether or not you will be progressing to part 3 of the application process.

Part 3 includes a face to face interview at Siyabonga Africa. Successful candidates will progress to induction and onboarding of the programme.

NB: ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE PROCESSED. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. THE SELECTION OF PARTICIPANTS WILL BE AT THE PROGRAMME COMMITTEE’S DISCRETION, BASED ON A COMBINED FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVE AND RUBERIC EVALUATION SYSTEM, AND WILL BE FINAL. FOOD & TRANSPORT ARE NOT PROVIDED.

For more information, please email mary@siyabongaafrica.org.za, call 011 744 4350 or whatsapp 072 848 8315.

5 thoughts on “Start your own child care centre – apply now for Ngwana Pele (Child First) Project”

  1. Yes I’m interested to be trained but my problem is that I’m working at a day care center I’m not the owner

  2. Please update me when there are opportunities, I am interested in anything that will empower me to be independent. I have got four years experience in day care.

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