Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis


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 Sep 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 Sep 2014

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Facilitating the registration of Child and Youth Care Centres in South Africa

The new Children’s Act 38 of 2005 requires that all existing Child and Youth Care Centres in South Africa re-register with the Department of Social Development by April 2015.  For many of these Centres, the registration process is proving to be difficult and costly to navigate, thereby potentially preventing them from continuing to offer a vital service […]

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Posted on 11 Sep 2014

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Scaling-up early childhood development in South Africa: a special issue of DGMT Hands-on Learning

We seem to have reached an important junction where clearly illustrated need, political buy-in and public interest are converging to create a timely opportunity for designing programmes and implementation models that can be replicated across a range of contexts throughout the country. We have recently produced a special issue of our Hands-on Learning publication in […]

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Posted on 29 Aug 2014

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Philosophy for Children: Videos demonstrating the facilitation of early thinking sessions with young South African children

In 2013, an early thinking project was conceived within DGMT’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) portfolio, in response to our focus on increasing understanding of stimulation for early learning in the ECD sector. Developed in association with Prof. Karin Murris of the UCT School of Education (pioneer of the use of picture books in Philosophy for […]

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Posted on 28 Aug 2014

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New evidence of the positive effects of cognitive stimulation and nutrition interventions for under-2s

Written by: Fiona Burtt, 24 June 2014 An article published last week in international medical journal, The Lancet,[1] showcases new evidence of the encouraging effects of ECD interventions for young children, demonstrating that: A responsive stimulation and/or enhanced nutrition intervention works for children up to two years old; and A responsive stimulation intervention that positively affects […]

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Posted on 26 Jun 2014

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Sitting up straight!

For people working in the ECD field (trainers, practitioners, policymakers), how much do we think about how we think about children? Particularly ECD trainers, who are often given the more elevated status of ‘teacher’, and whose every word we are taught to hang onto. In a country where authority is still positional – and where […]

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Posted on 26 Jun 2014

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Why early childhood development is everyone’s business

By Bernadette Moffat, director of Elma Philanthropies South Africa (at the launch of the Child Institute’s Child Gauge 2013 Stepping up national development: Prioritizing essential services for young children) Every so often, science presents us with new evidence which completely revolutionizes the way we understand something that we thought we already knew pretty much everything about. […]

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Posted on 22 Oct 2013

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Are children’s rights prioritised at a time of budget cuts? Assessing the adequacy of the 2013/14 social development budgets for funding of Children’s Act services (summary)

The Children’s Act is South Africa’s primary law for realising children’s constitutional rights to care, protection and social services. One way of assessing government’s progress in implementing the Act is to monitor the budget that is allocated for the services listed above. This learning brief is a summary of a study that analyses the budget […]

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Posted on 7 Oct 2013

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Helping our children reach their full potential by growing the building blocks of food, love, security and stimulation

How can we fix our education system?  That question preoccupies our national mind – and not without cause. We fail to prepare enough people for basic jobs, let alone to sustain a sophisticated knowledge economy.  If that is the question, the inevitable answer is that we need good teachers, quality textbooks and enough time in […]

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Posted on 1 Jul 2013

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