Why use Wordworks’ programmes?

At Wordworks we believe strongly that the crisis in children’s literacy in South Africa requires all those who work with babies and young children to consider how they can make a difference. Our programmes have been developed to support Foundation Phase and Grade R teachers, ECD practitioners, home visitors and parents to build strong language and literacy foundations for the children in their care.

We also partner with schools and districts, ECD centres and forums, NGOs and networks to work collaboratively to extend the reach and impact of this work. The intention of our work with partners is not that they become Wordworks’ branches or franchisees, but that they are supported in building our early language and literacy programmes into their broader work.

Please note that our training is currently mostly available in the Western and Eastern Cape, and to a lesser extent in KZN.  As we would need to translate materials, in order to consider training in other provinces, we would need to know there were a substantial number of people/ schools/ organisations interested in this work.  We encourage you to engage your professional networks about this possibility and to get back to us.

 

 

If you are interested in training on Wordworks Programmes, please

complete this EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM.

 

 

Training update for 2020/2021

 

Home-School Partnerships 

Facilitator training is fully subscribed for 2020 in the Cape Metro. If you are interested in training in 2021, your school or organisation’s management will need to attend a Wordworks information session which will be held in October this year.

To go on a waiting list to attend this session, please complete the EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM. If you are not based in the Cape Metro, we will try, where possible, to link you up with partners in your area.

If you are not based in the Cape Metro, tell us more about yourselves and we will try, where possible, to link you up with partners in your area.

You may, in the meanwhile find our resources useful. See the Wordworks Resources catalogue and order form here.

Ready Steady Read Write 

Co-ordinator training is fully subscribed for 2020 in the Cape Metro. If you are interested in training in 2021, your school or organisation’s management will need to attend a Wordworks information session which will be held in October this year.

To go on a waiting list to attend this session, please complete the EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM. You may, in the meanwhile, find our resources useful. See the Wordworks Resources catalogue and order form here.

If you are not based in the Cape Metro, tell us more about yourselves and we will try, where possible, to link you up with partners in your area.

Stellar Home Language

MATERIALS UPDATES

If you are using the Stellar story-based materials, you may be interested to know that the Teacher Guides have been updated since they were first distributed in  2016, and now include a wider range of activities for each day to ensure full CAPS coverage.

Find more about the Stellar materials here: catalogue and order form

FIRST TIME TRAINING

If you are a Grade R teacher in the Western Cape and have not yet received WCED Emergent Literacy Training (ELIT) with the Stellar story-based materials, please get in touch with your HOD and Curriculum Advisor to find out what plans your school and District has for training in the months ahead.

Please also note that the following organisations have trainers that have been accredited by Wordworks to offer Grade R Stellar training: 
• In the Western Cape: Schools Development Unit (SDU), Primary Science Programme (PSP), Early Learning Resource Unit (ELRU).  
• In the Eastern Cape: ITEC, Early InspirationLebone Centre, Knysna Education Trust, Khululeka, 

Please approach these partners directly to see if an arrangement can be made for training. Click on the organisations’ name above or email them directly. 

You can also purchase materials independently. See our catalogue and order form here.

BECOMING A STELLAR TEACHER TRAINER

If you are a teacher trainer based at a district, NGO or tertiary institution, and would like to build capacity to train teachers in your network on the Stellar programme, please complete the EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM and tell us more about your interest in Stellar training. We will send you information about the date and venue of our next Training of Trainers course. Please note that Wordworks will not be in a position to pay you for any teacher training that you undertake after the course, but you will become part of a network of trainers that receive updates and refresher engagements and that stay in touch to reflect on our work.

Every Word Counts 

Please note that the training below has been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. The schedule will be re-visited down the line and we will communicate any changes here, through our social media, and our network.

We will be offering a Training of Trainers course for partners in three provinces in the first half of 2020.

Durban:  19 and 20 February          Cape Town: 17 to 19 March       Eastern Cape:  4 to 6 May 

We are happy to include trainers who trained with Wordworks previously, as well as new trainers. 

This course will include an orientation to the new Every Word Counts materials which you will be able to use in your work with ECD Practitioners and/ or Home Visitors.  We will focus on key aspects of content, different applications of the materials and will provide plenty of opportunity to learn from other partners.  We will also introduce the Little Stars pre-Grade R classroom materials, and the guidelines for supporting ECD practitioners to run workshops for parents. 

If you are interested in attending a Training of Trainers course,please complete the EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM, stating the course you wish to attend and we will contact you.

If you are not able to travel to these locations, tell us more about yourselves and we will try, where possible, to link you up with partners in your area.

You may, in the meanwhile,  find the Wordworks App to be a useful resource in this area.  Find out more about our free app here. See also the Wordworks Resources catalogue and order form here.

Little Stars

If you live in Cape Town and want to train to use the Little Stars programme in your pre-Grade R classroom, please complete the EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM.

You can also purchase materials independently. See our  catalogue and order form here.