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Early Childhood Development

Creating the Future Today - CTECH ECD Centre Enablement

Linking Job Creation to Early Childhood Development - Community TECH facilitates the establishment and capacitating of ECD Centres (Creches)

Why ECD?

The emotional, social and physical development of young children has a direct effect on their overall development and on the adult they will become. That is why understanding the need to invest in very young children is so important, so as to maximise their future well-being.

ECD in South Africa

There are approximately 6.5 million children in the 0 to 6 year old age cohort. Of these, some 3.8 million children (59.2%) live in circumstances of dire poverty (Department of Social Development, Department of Education & Department of Health, 2004). The General Household Survey of 2009 indicated that South Africa is home to 95,000 children living in child-headed households. These children are more at risk than others of poor access to services, inconsistent income and poor living circumstances.

In a study conducted by the NDA in 2012 “Challenges Facing Early Childhood DEvelopment Sector in South Africa” it identified issues which included infrastructure for ECD, ECD practitioner capacity, nutrition, institutional capacity and norms and standards, that needs to be capacitated.

Programme Focus

The program focuses on capacitating the ECD  environment, this includes:

Infrastructure for ECD

  • Assist with establishment physical facilities or upgrading

  • Local Municipality compliance management

  • Centre registration for funding

ECD Business Management

  • Business Registration

  • Set up business management capacity through processes and systems

  • Business support, training and mentorship

ECD Practitioners

  • Practitioner training and development

  • Management and monitoring (home-based and centre-based)

  • ECD for job creation

Norms and standards

  • Implementation and support of the established norms and standards already developed by Department

  • Monitoring and Evaluation of outcomes for relevant stakeholders