Heather Martens is a mother, teacher, childminder and granny whose years growing up in Winterton's farming community prepared her to become a farmer's wife as well as to run a second hand clothing business down the South Coast. Amongst others, these stepping stones combined with a teaching diploma have led Heather to open Agape Road to domestic Childminder Training.
This course runs from Heather's Hilton home so that trainees can have hands-on practical learning in a child friendly situation. With a fair command of isiZulu and some knowledge of Zulu culture Heather is perfectly suited to training domestic childminders. To provide a structured platform upon which to base the handover of knowledge and understanding a manual covering four modules has been printed in English and is also available in isiZulu.
Sessions will open in prayer. Attendees will be invited to share anything they have experienced in the last week so that Heather has an opportunity to uplift each person to calmer state whereby they will be fully centered and open to focus and absorb the course content.
The course has Christian based values and very close to Heather's heart is the motivating scripture from Proverbs 22:6 'Train a child in the way he should go and he will not depart from it.'
Research revealed to Heather that there are benefits to children staying home with the childminder such as the safety of an undisrupted routine, consistent 'one-on-one' caring, a reduction in germ exposure and enjoyment of a secure family environment.
Other interesting facts which Heather found supported her new venture were that in a study by The Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota it was found that children released many more stress hormones at daycare than at home. Also, a ten year study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development revealed that the more time children spend in day care from birth to age four-and-a-half, the more likely they were to be aggressive or disobedient.
This valuable course is being presented in March 2011 at a special introductory price of R800.00 per trainee. Places are limited so contact Heather and give your child a confident and responsible childminder. Agape Road to domestic Childminder Training can be contacted on 033 343 1950 or 072 459 2798.