Terms of Use and Your Privacy

It contains important information to help you use the website in a safe and responsible manner. Its says, amongst other things:

  1. There are some specific things that you need to take note of when working on this site as part of your eLearning.
  2. The personal information you provide to us is private and no-one else can see it or use it. If we want to use it, then we have to ask your permission first.

We request that you please continue read the details below.

Your use of the site

This Site is for early childhood development practitioners, teachers, child minders, day mothers, play group facilitators or any person who implements programmes for babies and young children in South Africa. Any person who enters or uses PLAY acknowledges that they are a user of the Site.

These terms are an agreement between you and Cotlands. Make sure you read the Terms before you continue using the Site, as by using the Site, you are agreeing to these Terms. If you do not agree with any of these terms, please exit the Site.

Changes to this Agreement

The Site owners may make changes to this Agreement or to the content and services available on the Site. Please check this page regularly to see if anything has been changed or added. If you continue to use the Site after changes have been made, then you agree to the changes.

Ownership and Contact Information

The PLAY Site is owned by Cotlands. If you have any questions or concerns about this agreement or the Site, you may contact us by email at elearning@cotlands.org.


Protecting your personal information is our priority. When you provide your personal information during registration, you can use this Site for online training and eLearning. You allow us to use this information in connection with your use of the Site and your arising relationship with the Cotlands [and the Site community]. The Site’s owners will take all reasonable steps to protect your personal information. Your personal information will only be disclosed where you have given permission, or as required by law, or to authorised third parties.

If you do not want us to collect personal information about you, do not submit your personal information to the PLAY Site.

We collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our Site. This may include information such as your device's browser type, browser version, the time and date of your visit and other statistics. We may use third party services such as Google Analytics that collect, monitor and analyse this data.

We use "cookies" to collect information. You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Site.

Surveys and Polls

From time to time, we may invite you to participate in polls and surveys on the Site. We use this information to provide you with improved Site functionality. We may share the results with others, but your answers will remain anonymous. You don’t have to participate in polls and surveys to use our Site.

Your Use of this Site


We take all reasonable steps to prevent any harm to you or your device caused by this Site’s software or related in any way to your use of this Site. By agreeing to these Terms, you agree that you will not hold this Site’s owners or operators responsible in any way for damage, harm or loss due to your use of the Site.


The content on this Site ( text, images, training information, and any other material called ‘Content’) is intended to be informational. It is not intended to replace educational training, but qualifies the participant for the 15 CPTD credits as set out by the South African Council for Educators in terms of section 5(b) of the South African Council for Educators act 31 of 2000. Information and opinions expressed on this Site by members of this Site community should not be regarded as our official opinion.

The information on this Site is not intended as a replacement for ECD Training.

We, Cotlands, and our officers, directors, affiliates, shareholders, agents, suppliers, consultants and employees (in whose favour this constitutes a stipulation for the benefit of another) shall not be liable for and you hereby indemnify us and officers, directors, affiliates, shareholders, agents, suppliers, consultants or employees (in whose favour this constitutes a stipulation for the benefit of another) against any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential or punitive damages or loss of any kind whatsoever or howsoever caused (whether arising under contract or otherwise and whether the loss was actually foreseen or reasonably foreseeable) arising out of your use of the PLAY Site.

Ownership and Intellectual Property Rights

All Site content (not user content) is the property of Cotlands and their third party contributors or licensors. Source Code for the Site is owned by Praekelt.org and licensed under the BSD 3-clause license. Data collected by the Site is owned by Cotlands.

Your use of content

You can use the content on this Site for personal, non-commercial purposes only, provided that you do not remove or obscure any copyright or trademark notices. If you wish to use the content for any other purpose, you must first write to us to ask for permission.

Since we own all trademarks, logos, and designs on this Site, you may not use them or display them without asking our permission to do so first.

Do you see anything on the site that infringes copyright? In writing, please contact elearning@cotlands.org

Contact with advertisers, third parties and other sites

From time to time, you may see links or advertisements from other organisations on our Site for your convenience. Since we don’t own, nor are we responsible for the quality of their services, you agree not to hold us liable for anything that happens as a result of interacting with these sites. We encourage you to be aware of when you leave our Site, and to read the terms and conditions and privacy policy of any other site or service that you visit.


As part of this agreement, you agree not to hold any PLAY staff or anyone associated with PLAY liable for anything related to the content you create and post on the PLAY Site. You also agree not to hold us liable for any activity resulting from breaking the rules in this agreement.


If anybody attempts to hack this Site in order to gain access to pages they shouldn’t access or to damage the site’s code, they could be prosecuted under South African law.


Please keep your PLAY login information (including your username and password) private. Please make sure that you are the only person who has access to your account.

Modification or Suspension of the site

The Site owners have the right to make changes or to discontinue the Site without notice. We will do our best to notify our users, however, this may not always be possible.

Breach of Agreement Terms

The Site owners would like all Site users to have a positive experience on PLAY. This agreement intends to create a safe environment for users. If a user breaks the rules outlined in this agreement, we have the right to suspend that person’s account or to prevent them from visiting this Site in the future. We reserve the right to control access to the Site at our sole discretion.

Severability of Agreement

If a court refuses to enforce any of the Terms of Use described in this document, you agree to be bound by the remaining Terms of use in this document.

Applicable Law

Since PLAY is located in South Africa, the laws that apply to this Agreement are the laws of South Africa. If any legal action results between you and the Site’s owners related to this Agreement, then you agree to the adjudication of the matter by a South African court.


Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms of Use does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.