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Special Needs Facilitation - Assisting Differently Abled and Learning Disaled Children to Learn and Flourish

Special Needs Facilitators

What is a Special Needs Facilitator?

A special needs facilitator is a trained professional person who is contracted to assist a child, generally in a main stream school or special school environment, where the child has certain learning difficulties which are manageable with assistance. The facilitator may help the learner with specific academic tasks, as well as with social skills and behavioural issues. Usually parents are given permission by the school their child attends to have a facilitator present with the child in class throughout the school day in order to assist the child to learn in the classroom environment at the same pace as those children who do not have learning or physical disabilities. In other parts of the world, facilitators are also called para-educators, special needs assistants, teaching assistants, para-educators or learning support assistants.

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Minimum Requirements for Special Needs Facilitators

Our facilitators subscribe to a rigid mandate, they are all experienced. They must have a degree and/or other certified tertiary education related to the subjects they teach or be in the process of completing one. They have immaculate credentials and a genuine interest and passion for teaching.

Our Facilitators have:

  • Experience: Tutor and/or teaching and/or facilitation experience with contactable references other than friends or family.
  • Education: A minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or are in the process of completing one.
  • Vehicles: Their own reliable child safe vehicle and a valid South African driving license.
  • Personality: We prefer working with candidates who are dedicated, organized, friendly, energetic, creative, patient, active and caring. All have a friendly, outgoing and caring personality, a passion and genuine interest in assisting their students to achieve the best results possible.
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How do we screen our Special Needs Facilitators?

  • Facilitators are personally interviewed and skills assessed by a trained Sitters4U Recruiter.
  • Applying applicants submit copies of ID, drivers license, proof of address, first aid, tertiary certification and criminal clearance which are checked.
  • References are checked by a Sitters4U recruiter or representative.
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What do Special Needs Facilitators earn?

Rates are dependent on the experience and education level of the facilitator and expertise required to facilitate the child in class, the grade of the child requiring tutoring, the school hours and if traveling is required.

Rates Range from R 3000 per month for 1 day a week at Grade R level to R 28000 per month at full school day, 5 days a week for a grade 12. For an accurate quotation please complete our quotation form here.

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What are the duties of a Special Needs Facilitator?

The role of a facilitator is to guide , prepare , teach and help the child navigate through academic and social environments, to make them comfortable within themselves and with others. A facilitators role may include but is not limited to;

  • To provide coaching to the student through the difficult part of school social behaviour, and help him/her reach their academic potential.
  • Facilitating dialogue and team work
  • Designing learning and learning materials
  • Differentiating for diverse learners
  • Presenting skills
  • Following up with learners
  • Page turning
  • Assistance with Reading and writing if necessary.
  • Acting as a bridge between teacher and learner.
  • Assisting children to learn through play.
  • Adapting the teacher's instructions in such a way so that the child is able to cope.
  • To help break down the child's work for him/her for them to understand it better.
  • To give the individual a chance to learn on the same level as the typical child.
  • To build up the child's confidence in themselves that way they become independent individuals.
  • Teach the child good habits, social skills and ways of learning.
  • To show how important inclusive education is, for the child with challenges as well as for his/her peers, and to have inclusive education in main stream schools instead of more "special" schools. 
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