Community outreach programmes

Despite a substantial increase in the number of community based ECD centres that have been established throughout the country, these centres do not have the capacity to go to scale. Research shows that in disadvantaged communities there are still large numbers of children who are not attending an ECD programme. 

Many parents/caregivers simply cannot afford to send their children to ECD centres. Added to this, marginalised communities are unable to find the funding to establish new ECD centres - as such there are insufficient ECD programmes to reach the number of children of pre-school age.

Ntataise’s Community Outreach Programme

Ntataise’s Community Outreach Programme in the Free State is comprised of the Ntataise toy library based at the Ntataise training centre in Rammulotsi and two mobile playgroup units; one that operates in the township of Rammulotsi and a second that visits children living on farms in the surrounding Viljoenskroon area.


  • To increase access to early stimulation and child development for vulnerable young children (aged 0 – 5 years) in poor communities and in so doing support their families / parents / caregivers in providing for their emotional, cognitive and physical development.

How this objective is achieved:

  • Regular play sessions provided by these initiatives offer children a high quality, structured learning programme with activities focused on school readiness. They are presented by experienced Ntataise facilitators who assist children in their play ensuring that they get maximum benefit from the specially selected, age-appropriate educational toys and equipment.

  • Young parents, caregivers and / or grandparents often attend the play sessions with their children. During these sessions parents / caregivers have the opportunity to learn more about child developmental stages, early stimulation and child care.

  • The Ntataise facilitator is equipped to assist with advice on child nutrition, health, immunization and birth registration and refers parents to local government services. Where necessary, Ntataise facilitators pay follow up visits to the homes of those parents / caregivers who require additional support.


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