Learning Briefs: Resourceful Young Children


Understanding Quality Assurance in a social franchising context

In the nonprofit sector where critical knowledge is often tacit, the process of ensuring consistent delivery of a quality service can be challenging.  This learning brief considers how Quality Assurance might be understood in a social franchising context.  It introduces processes and tools that one might expect to see included in a quality assurance system and […]

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Posted on 19 February 2015

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aeioTu: an example of an Early Childhood Development social franchise in South America

aeioTu has designed a high-quality and comprehensive Early Childhood Development (ECD) package for 0-5 year old children in Colombia, with the specific aim of increasing ECD service provision to low income families.  In this learning brief they offer useful ideas on programme design and the development process.  Read the article here.

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Posted on 19 February 2015

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Growing young readers and writers: underpinnings of the Nal’ibali National Reading-for-Enjoyment Campaign

The Nal’ibali Reading-for-Enjoyment Campaign aims to revive and deepen our appreciation of stories and narrative as being not only essential as the primary way we as human beings remember and organise our thoughts and conceptual worlds, but also the basis for critical thinking and meaningful education for all children. In this learning brief, the work of Nal’ibali […]

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Posted on 19 February 2015

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Developing potential: How technology can help to scale-up provisioning of early childhood development in South Africa

This learning brief reviews some of the possibilities inherent in technology and the potential that this has to improve service delivery. Space4Development shares some of their insights gained through the design and implementation of technology solutions for ECD Non-Profit Organisations. Read the article here.

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Posted on 11 September 2014

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Taking early childhood development services and programmes to scale: exploring the potential of social franchising

This learning brief considers the characteristics of the South African ECD sector and reflects in detail on what a replication strategy like social franchising would need to offer to achieve scale-up. Read the article here.

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Posted on 11 September 2014

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The DG Murray Trust Early Thinking Project: Developing early thinking with Philosophy for Children

Reflective thinking is important for democracies and society in general, but even more so in seriously polarised societies such as South Africa – where communities are still divided and where violence is common in dealing with social conflict.  The ability to think reflectively and critically is a skill that can be cultivated through education and […]

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Posted on 2 June 2014

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Working with government services: Lessons from the Perinatal Mental Health Project

The Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) develops and advocates for accessible maternal mental health care that can be delivered effectively at scale in low resource settings. Working within public health facilities, they hope to demonstrate the need for maternal mental health services within the state health and welfare system, and to provide a model of […]

Posted on 2 June 2014

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National Association of Child Care Workers: Development of a Service Delivery Model for Community Based Professional Child and Youth Care Services

The care of Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) is an ongoing challenge in South Africa and the Isibindi “Circle of Courage” child and youth care model has been specifically developed by NACCW as a comprehensive community-based response to this problem.  In this two-part learning brief NACCW describes the development and scale-up of the Isibindi […]

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Posted on 4 March 2014

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Much More Than Counting: Supporting mathematics development between birth and five years (summary)

Historically, the purpose and importance of mathematics learning in the early years has not been properly understood or valued in South Africa. This is in part because there is not a general understanding of how mathematical ideas and skills are developed between birth and five years, nor of how best to approach the teaching and […]

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Posted on 7 October 2013

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Mother-infant booksharing: Stellenbosch University shares their implementation experience

Research from economically developed countries suggests that book sharing between a caregiver and an infant may be especially effective as a means of promoting infant cognitive and language development. There has, however, been little work on the impact of promoting booksharing with infants in low and middle income settings.  For this reason the Stellenbosch University […]

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Posted on 7 October 2013

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