LETCEE started training women from the area, who were involved in community based early childhood development centres, in 1993. This response to an identified need in the communities has blossomed from the training of 6 women in the first year to the current 300+ annually.
LETCEE offers both training accredited by the Education, Training and Development Practices (ETDP) SETA at NQF Level 4 as well as various short courses. LETCEE's training consists of a series of 5-day modules on site at the training centre, interspersed by periods of 4 - 6 weeks. The interval allows the trainees to return to their community ECD sites to implement and practice their newly acquired skills and complete the follow up assignments. It also allows for support visits to these centres from the LETCEE training staff to monitor progress and give advice where necessary.
A great advantage to the LETCEE training is that the trainees are housed in the residential block at the training centre during each 5-day module. This allows the students to concentrate more fully on the course content as they do not have to contend with distractions of everyday life and they also do not have to travel each day between their homes and the training centre. The residential model allows time for the students to make educational equipment and toys from recycled waste. This instruction forms part of the curriculum and is continued after hours in a more relaxed and informal way. These less formal gatherings foster group cohesion, the development of friendships, sharing of ideas and learning from each other.
Each level takes approximately one year to complete and the trainees are continuously assessed according to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) specified outcomes, using a variety of methods.