The Starting Chance model is based upon the establishment of a hub Early Childhood Facility from which we operate a Resource Centre and Computer Lab. This centre provides support to the educares participating in the programme.
When Starting Chance selects an educare to participate in the full programme it is a three year commitment that begins with an independent baseline assessment. The results help us to plan training and development with the principal and her team and scopes the physical infrastructure improvements that are required for the principal to meet the registration requirements.
There are 5 key elements to the Starting Chance programme
Our primary goal is to assist principals to transform their educare from providing custodial care to offering high quality learning programmes aligned to the child development curriculum.
Starting Chance encourages and supports principals and teachers to access Learnerships and acquire formal qualifications. Our in-service training and development is designed to translate theory acquired at Further Education Training Colleges into effective classroom practice.
We support principals and their teachers to develop their knowledge and expertise through:
- Training and Development across three levels
- Computer training to acquire administrative skills and enable teams to prepare their own teaching aids
One of the most rewarding aspects of the Tech Savvy element of the programme is to witness the teachers in training reach a point of self-efficacy. It is an emotional moment and it positively changes their lives for ever, with the realisation that they truly are teachers making a difference in their community and the lives of the children in their classrooms!
In order to minimise our overhead costs we build and maintain partnerships with a variety of organisations and companies. Accessing the knowledge and expertise we require through our network as and when we need it enables Starting Chance to cost effectively make a sustainable difference and optimise donor investment.
Our reach is growing year-on-year as more educares are attracted to participate in the different opportunities that our programme offers.
Parent engagement is currently one of our key focus areas. We are running an outreach programme with the HomeChoice Development Trust to reach the parents of 950 children attending educares we support. Each parent is being offered workshop training and the opportunity to receive a HomePack containing a suite of educational games and toys to support their child’s learning at home through play.