Early Childhood Development


Finding the ‘ordinary magic’ that made me resilient

Photographer Wandie Mesatywa is incredibly resilient as you will read in this essay, in which she shares her story from being a youngster in rural Eastern Cape to becoming a teaching and exhibiting artist. What makes a person resilient?  Are we born that way?  Do you have it or you don’t?  Wandie takes us on […]

Posted on 5 Nov 2019

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The Human Factor 2

We are proud to release the second issue of our Human Factor publication. Entitled ‘The heart of parenting – how the alchemy of love, hope and fear prepares children for life’, this issue explores the power of parents as their children’s first educators and their right to continue to champion their children’s education throughout schooling.

Posted on 23 Oct 2019

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‘I love the feeling of keeping them safe’ – Men as early childhood development practitioners

“I’m the one that’s struggling here, not her.” This was a father’s response to my umpteenth reassurance that his daughter was okay in her new playgroup. At that moment she was happily arranging mud cakes on a log under the plum tree. I realised later he was observing me to be sure that his daughter […]

Posted on 16 Oct 2019

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Hands-on Learning Issue 14 – Building communities free of violence

Violence against children has long-term effects that impact not just the development of our children, but the development of our nation. A costing study commissioned by Save the Children South Africa estimated that early exposure to violence during childhood resulted in the loss of R238-billion in human capital – the equivalent to 6% of the […]

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Posted on 10 Jul 2019

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Commentary on the proposed migration of ECD functions from DSD to DBE

The commentary below was delivered by DGMT CEO, Dr David Harisson, on the proposed migration of ECD functions from DSD to DBE at the NECT 2nd Education Dialogue on ECD on 12 April 2019 Time of opportunity The President’s SONA announcement of a transfer of responsibility for ECD centres from DSD to DBE and the […]

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Posted on 17 Apr 2019

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Embrace

EMBRACE A movement for a supported motherhood – for and by mothers All love begins with motherhood. Mothers are stronger together. What Embrace is a national movement that promotes a connected and thriving start to motherhood for every new mother in South Africa. Its vision is based on the understanding that an empowered and embraced […]

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Posted on 19 Mar 2019

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Nourishing the future we want

Without proper nutrition, children will never learn – or earn – as much as they could have if they were nourished correctly in their first 1 000 days of life. There are simple ways we can start to tackle SA’s stunting crisis to help our children reach their full potential – and, in so doing, […]

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Posted on 25 Feb 2019

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Connecting South Africans around motherhood: Three strategic insights that have shaped the mission of Embrace

The transition into parenthood is a vulnerable time for women. A mother’s mental health can negatively affect the development of her baby and this can be especially problematic during the ‘First 1 000 Days’ of her child’s life, which plays a vital role in allowing him or her to grow up to be happy, healthy and […]

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Posted on 20 Feb 2019

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Risk and opportunity as early childhood development moves to Department of Basic Education

This year’s State of the Nation Address may have radically changed South Africa’s prospects for education and economic growth. For the first time, there is a clear commitment to early childhood development (ECD), which is globally recognized as the most powerful investment in human capital that a country can make.[1],[2] At last there is real […]

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Posted on 11 Feb 2019

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What it’s really like to be at school in South Africa

As a country, we have committed to greater access to education for all children. The importance of early childhood education (the first five years of a child’s life) to improve children’s capacity to learn and thrive is now firmly on the national agenda. Even the significance of prenatal care is making inroads in our attempt […]

Posted on 26 Nov 2018

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