A message from our Patron, Dr Tshepo Motsepe
Early Childhood Development Matters
The World Health Organisation (WHO) positions early childhood as the critical years because this is the period in life when the brain develops most rapidly and has a high capacity for change, and the foundation is laid for health and wellbeing throughout life.
A good foundation in the early years of development is crucial in providing the right building blocks that are necessary for adulthood and providing the next generation with the necessary start in life. Educated and healthy people participate in, and contribute to, the financial and social welfare of their societies.
As a long-term advocate for early childhood development, I am honoured to be involved with organisations such as Early Foundation, whose initiatives and programmes make a difference in the development of our children and empower women who are involved in pre-schools with skills and knowledge. These pre-schools are also important resources in communities as they vehicles of local employment and create safe spaces for children within close proximity of their homes.
I am also encouraged by dedication and commitment put towards the early childhood development by other stakeholders within the sector. Let us continue working together for the success of all our children.
4.5 million South African children receive poor education during their early developmental stages
Early childhood has been shown to be the most effective period for educating children. Our job is to ensure that the people teaching them are sufficiently skilled to create rich and stimulating preschool environments.
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ECD Centeres Impacted
Early Childhood Development Practitioners Trained
- Keketso Lebuso, Progress Day Care and Development Center.
- Wendy Ramogale (principal)
- Refiloe Zwane, Lesedi Day Care Centre
- Annalie Joods, Day Mother