One of TREE’s mandates is to provide quality education and training to individuals from communities across South Africa.

TREE ensures that our trainers are the best that they can be by encouraging constant growth and development of their skills through further training and workshops, as well as offering continuous resource support for optimum training quality.

It is non-negotiable that all trainers are suitably qualified for the programmes and training that we run.

Children Learning
Our Commitment


TREE prides itself on conducting continuous quality assurance through various methods such as onsite support visits to ECD sites, quality assurance checks on all TREE training centres and venues as well as continuous resource support to both trainers and practitioners.

The quality assurance of all TREE’s curriculum and training programmes ensures that we are always in a state of readiness to provide the highest level of education and training to our target groups.

Training and Graduation
Our Centres
Our training centres are in:
  • Durban
  • Richards Bay
  • Port Shepstone
  • Ladysmith
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FET Certificate in Early Childhood Development

SAQA ID 58761;
FET Level 4

12 Months

12 month duration for Full Qualification Entry Level Qualification for those entering the subfield of Early Childhood Development. Enables recipients to facilitate all round development of young children in a manner that is sensitive to culture and individual needs (including special needs), and enables them to provide quality Early Childhood Development services for children in a variety of contexts.


Interact with Babies, Toddlers and Young Children

SAQAID 244262;
NQF Level 2; 5 credits

4 days and 1 onsite assessment visit and practical application.

Aimed at practitioners who work with babies, toddlers and young children. By the end of this course, practitioners will be able to plan and prepare for interactions with babies, toddlers and young children; engage in a variety of interactions; help babies, toddlers and young children develop a sense of self and reflect on these interactions.

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SAQA ID: 244255
NQF Level 2; 10 credits

5 Days and 1 onsite assessment visit and practical application.

The objective of this training programme is to provide caregivers with enough information and skills to enable them to provide care for babies, toddlers and young children in a way that will result in the baby, toddler or young child being both happy and well cared for.


Orientation Course in ECD

5 Days

To expose and orientate learners to Early Childhood Development and provide basic, general knowledge regarding ECD. This is a basic introduction to the field of ECD.

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Basic Course in ECD

5 modules over 4 days (total days: 20)

This course lays the foundation for good ECD teaching practice, through the content and activities laid out in this course, practitioners will learn:

1. To encourage active learning in the ECD programme.
2. To support health and safety in the ECD programme.
3. To implement the ECD learning programme.

By the end of this course, participants should be able to assist an ECD
teacher very effectively or even take a group herself if the need arises,
provided a basic ECD programme that meets the needs of the learners is
put in place.

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Classroom Practice Workshops

2 modules of 4 days (total days: 8)

Provides the facilitator with detailed guidelines for a series of 10 themes with supporting themes, linked discussions, puzzles and learning activities, creative activities, ideas for music and movement rings, physical activities, experiments and other ideas related to each theme around which a whole
years’ programme can be organised.
The programme is based on sound theoretical principles of learning through activities – activities that enable learners to fully experience and cognitively structure their world.
This course also focuses on practical application that recognises the value of inexpensive and easily made educational material and resources.

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ECD Toy and Resource Making Course

2 Modules of 5 days each
Total of 10 days

To introduce educators working with young children to the creative and functional uses of waste and natural material in the ECD environment.
To collect waste materials and produce toys, resources and equipment suitable for the special areas in the classroom across all ages.
To focus on toys that will stimulate the holistic development of young children keeping their developmental levels in mind, focusing skills, exercising eye muscles, hand-eye coordination, developing an awareness of self etc.
Provide basic knowledge on the importance of play within the ECD setting as well as the basics of setting up the different areas according to resources required.

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Parenting Workshops

2 modules over two weeks (total days 8)
1 module over 3 days

To encourage parents (caregivers) to have confidence in themselves as the child’s primary caregiver and educator, to promote a quality home environment in which the young child can develop and thrive. Parents/caregivers should gain and understanding of the importance of
their role in the early development years of the children
Outcomes: The parent/caregiver will:

  • Gain an understanding of the role and responsibility of the
  • Display a basic understanding of the stages of development of a child.
  • Have knowledge of the rights of the child and how they can meet these.
  • Have knowledge of the four areas in which a child develops.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of play in the life of a
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Parenting Programme Facilitator Training

3 Modules of 5 days each.
Total of 15 days


To enable all facilitator’s of the TREE Parenting Programme to provide participants with a practical, memorable and fun way of learning vital information that will improve the quality of life of themselves and their children.

  • This course should be completed by anyone who wishes to facilitate
    the TREE Parenting Programme Workshops, whether it be TREE
    trainers, supervisors of ECD Sites and crèches or parents wanting to
    run their own parenting workshops in their community.

Outcomes: You will learn:

  • About TREE, its mission and objectives and how your role will fit in with
  • How to approach leaders in your community; this supports your
    facilitation of a Parenting Programme and helps ensure that your
    Parenting Programme Workshops are well attended.
  • How to prepare for the date, time, venue and catering for your
    Parenting Programme workshops.
  • How to prepare for and facilitate your Parenting Programme
    workshops, including:
    – the content of the course, facilitation skills, ideas for discussions, role
    play, group work; make and take for each age group; brainstorming,
  • How to make time for parents/caregivers to report back on what they
    have practiced, at the beginning of each session.
  • How to administer, keep records and report on your Parenting
    Programme workshops
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Social Grants and Health Care

3 Days covering 10 sessions

To provide the participants with knowledge and skills that will help support families of children in ECD sites and the wider community to:

  • Access required documentation – birth certificate, ID, death
    certificate etc.
  • Access state grants for which they are eligible – child support
    grant, foster care grant, disability grant and care dependency grant.
  • Access state health services- Road to Health Card, growth
    monitoring, immunizations, vitamin A, de-worming etc.
  • Promote C-IMCI and the key family practices around breast
    feeding, health and hygiene, nutrition and infant feeding, early
    stimulation, danger signs of childhood illnesses etc.
  • Know their own and their children’s HIV status and managing ART
    programmes for self and children.
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C-IMCI (Community –
Integrated Management of
Childhood Illnesses)

Over 4 days (total days: 8)

The sessions and the workbook used in this course aim at helping family and community members find out more about helping babies and young children in their families or community with regards to preventing illnesses and possibly saving the lives of these young children.
IMCI is based on the ‘whole child’ approach to early childhood development. In the workshops one will look at the third component of IMCI, which is C-IMCI, being the household and community component of IMCI.
There are 16 Key Family Practices (KFP) covered in this course. Each KFP focuses on an important message and these messages can help parents keep their children healthy.

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Introduction to the Road to
Health Booklet Course

3 Days covering 12 sessions

Department of Health launched a new Road to Health booklet in 2011. This course aims to prepare and assist parents and caregivers to understand and use this booklet, so as to support young children in their rights to accessing health care.

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Managing a Small Scale ECD

4 days  (total days: 8)

To be able to administer, run and manage effective community-based small scale ECD services, either working with a parent/community committee and/ or a support structure of some kind. The five main training goals for this course are:

  1. A functioning ECD site is maintained.
  2.  The effective functioning of the organisation is evident and maintained.
  3.  Staff are supervised and their development is supported.
  4.  Available material resources are effectively managed and additional
    resources are sought as needed.
  5.  Required administrative systems are maintained.
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Site Committee Skills Course

4 days

This course provides learners with information regarding setting up a functional Site Committee. It equips them with the general knowledge in terms of how to organise and set up a committee and what is needed for it to function effectively. It incorporates aspects such as finances, policies, how to incorporate children’s rights, how to run meetings etc.

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Positive Living

4 Days (3 days of theory and 1 day practical garden demonstration)

This course aims at helping those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS by providing knowledge and ways of coping in day to day life with HIV/AIDS. The workshops are based on active learning and group participation and encourages living positively. There is a strong emphasis on trench
gardens and nutrition whereby practitioners will practically demonstrate the digging of trench gardens and will be supplied with garden tools to create their own food garden at their ECD Sites.
General Outcomes: Participants will:

  • Have a clear understanding of HIV/AIDS.
  • Know how to assist and advise the infected and affected.
  • Have knowledge of what resources to use.
  • Learn simple, basic counseling skills.
  • Learn how they can take responsibility for their own health.
  • Prepare and grow a food garden.
  • Learn that fresh healthy vegetables are important to overall nutritional
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Supporting Children and
Adults Living with HIV/AIDS

4 DAYS (total days: 8)

To equip learners with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes required to deal with the challenge of HIV/AIDS within various ECD settings.

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WASH (Water, Sanitation and
Hygiene for Children 0-4

3 Days

The WASH Programme aims to create awareness around positive water, sanitation and hygiene practices within the ECD sites and communities by educating ECD practitioners and community members on these good practices. The vulnerable child is the centre of this programme and by educating ECD practitioners it helps to ensure that our children have access to safe drinking water, good hygiene and sanitation. The programme also has strong components of human rights, special needs, HIV/AIDS, safety, health and hygiene – these issues go hand in hand with WASH and allow every child equal and fair access and opportunities to the best possible start to life.


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