Most teachers at rural ECD centres have not had the opportunity to undergo formal training. Samara therefore runs regular teacher workshops to equip them with the skills needed to support the children at this important learning stage in their lives. The workshops are followed up by mentoring visits at the individual centres and the teachers are given resources tailored to their context. Samara also assists the teachers if they want to enrol for any other courses or support programmes. As the foundation for successful (and joy in) learning at school is laid in the earliest years, making sure the teachers are able to facilitate this in a positive, fun and structured way is an essential part of our support of the ECD centres.