Wordworks is a South African non-profit organisation that focuses on early language and literacy development in the first eight years of children’s lives. Since 2005 we have worked in under-resourced communities with those adults best positioned to impact on young children’s language and literacy development – parents and caregivers, family and community members, home-visitors, early childhood development practitioners and Grade R to Grade 3 teachers.
We offer resourced-based training and mentorship for four early language and literacy programmes:
- Through the Every Word Counts Programme, trainers are equipped to train home-visitors and ECD practitioners to strengthen the early learning component of their work with families and caregivers of babies and young children (birth to five years).
- Through the Home-School Partnerships Programme, facilitators are trained to run a series of workshops over eight weeks to empower and inspire parents and caregivers of children aged 4 to 8 years to support informal learning at home.
- Through the Ready Steady Read Write Programme, co-ordinators are equipped to train and manage a team of tutors who support pairs of children for at least six months as they learn to read and write.
- Through the Stellar Programme, trainers are equipped to train and support Grade R teachers to strengthen their teaching of language and literacy.
In parallel to our training and capacity building we develop, produce and distribute innovative, high quality, multilingual user-friendly teaching and learning materials to support early language and literacy learning. These materials are available to those who train with us, and selected resources can be downloaded from our website. Wordworks has also contributed to knowledge development in the field of early language and literacy learning through publications and presentations at conferences. We gather and share evidence on the reach and effectiveness of our programmes in order to ensure that our work is responsive to learning, and contributes to research on early language and literacy in the South African context.