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course fees
  • R600 per person. (Halfday sessions;  R75 pp/day = R600 for 8 sessions)
  • 8 half-day sessions can be done over the course of 4 or 8 weeks

In-person (South Africa)
Online can be considered (anywhere)

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A declaration of completion will be awarded on completion of the course. This is a non-accredited course
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A very large number of primary school children attend aftercare centres on a daily basis.

Children of today are facing many challenges. One of those challenges is the reality that both parents often need to work for an income. As a result, despite the efforts from the parents, many children experience a lack of daily mental and emotional support at home. The challenge also exists in terms of coordinated support networks to address the problem.

The Dutch Reformed Congregation Sesmylspruit, Centurion, South Africa, has decided to do something about this situation. During some informal research at the schools in the Hennopspark area, the church found that there were many children whose homes were no longer a safe haven for providing daily mental and emotional support. The idea emerged to make the aftercare centres aware that they can, to a large extent, meet this need and that aftercare centre staff can make a difference in children's lives.  

As a direct result, Petra Institute developed this After-School Care Centre Course in 2014. The curriculum is mainly founded on our other courses: Entering the World of Children and Relational Children’s Ministry

Key outcomes of the 8-week training (one 3-hour session per week)

Participants will:

  • Develop as leaders to set the example in their aftercare centres.
  • Establish values and act as role models to demonstrate these values.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the value of relationships to create a better working environment.
  • Express their own emotional needs better to grow their relationships.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the value of relationships to enter the world of children.
  • Apply play, listening, stories, love languages and boundaries to build relationships with children.

Course Content

  1. Importance of Relationships
  2. Emotional Control
  3. Importance of Boundaries in Building Relationships
  4. Importance of Play in Building Relationships
  5. Importance of Listening in Building Relationships
  6. Importance of Stories in Building Relationships
  7. How to Stand Up Against Bullying: Building a Culture of Respect
  8. Closing Ceremony

Who can enrol?

  • Any school, after-school care centre or community 
  • A minimum of 12 participants are required for enrolment

Please note

This course is presented in person, although online presentation will be considered. Please get in touch with any queries.

Course Coordinator

Lize Pieterse
Training Facilitator l Coordinator: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

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