Cotlands was founded in 1936 and is 80 years old this year. The toy library in Lydenburg, the learning hub, was established in 2012 and became fully operational in 2013.
The Cotlands model is a non-centre based delivery model of an integrated, holistic programme of ECD which includes play based education, health and physical intervention as well as nutritional support.
The Toy Library Hub in Mashishing serves as the depot, from where the mobile toy library goes out to different playgroups. With this approach they service children without expensive infrastructure and educate wherever the children are in need, be it at a homestead, a hut, under a tree, in a church or a shack. The Toy Library consists out of 6 ECD practitioners.
Approximately 40% of young children in South Africa grow up in conditions of abject poverty and neglect. Children raised in such under-resourced communities are most at risk of stunted growth, poor adjustment to school, increased repetition of grades and school dropout
To give children and practioners access to a collection of carefully selected educational play materials, play sessions and training on how to use the toys to encourage development.
Article by Nicholas Munzhedzi