We create thriving
early childhood development communities in low-income areas

Early childhood development is a crucial building block for children’s education. Join our community to fund teacher development or to up-skill yourself as a teacher.

We create thriving
early childhood
development communities in low-income areas

Early childhood development is a crucial building block for children’s education. Join our community to fund teacher development or to up-skill yourself as a teacher.

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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The Early Care Foundation made me realize that knowledge is the key to success!
The Early Care Foundation has made a remarkable impact in my ECD. It has made me realize that knowledge is the key to success. The C. A. R. E module was the highlight, it made me improve on my administration skills and know my roles and responsibilities as a site head. To put the cherry on top the Early childhood development Level4 was an eye opener, it was there to train us more even though it was challenging it made me realize that patience is a virtue.

- Keketso Lebuso, Progress Day Care and Development Center.
Thanks to The Early Care Foundation, I can run my school with confidence.
On behalf of Thabelang kgotso Early learning centre I would firstly like to say thank you to ECF and their best of the best facilitator Miss F Moloto from the C, A, R, E  programme. I'm now able to do my administration, I know how to do my budget, I am also able to keep records of everything at my centre. I'm now understanding the reason why it is important for kids to play (do different activities), I also have resources for them to use because of ECF. Once more with the  PPE we were able to open our centres and work in confidence, we also got trained on how to use them and thank you to ECF.

- Wendy Ramogale (principal)
The Early Care Foundation helped us get all the correct registrations for my pre-school and business!
I am so excited that Early Care Foundation helped us get all the correct registrations for my pre-school and business; and that we have qualified for DoH and DSD subsidies. I am now able to do so many things; like keeping records; managing our finances; working with parents; teaching, caring for and feeding our children.

- Refiloe Zwane, Lesedi Day Care Centre
I’m grateful for the opportunity of completing the Day Mother programme offered by The Early Care Foundation.
The programme helped me a lot. I know now how to plan my day with a daily  programme and also know how to develop  the children  mentally, socially, physically and emotionally. I learned how to create a nurturing environment for the children I look after. I now know how to monitor and support  their development. I’m grateful for the opportunity of completing the Day Mother programme.
- Annalie Joods, Day Mother
Strong, reliable and outstanding
The Early Care Foundation has been a strong, reliable and outstanding partner of the Shoprite Group's efforts to support early childhood development in the communities it trades. Ipeleng and her team have always gone over and above to assist us - a clear indication of their relentless passion and commitment to the work they do and to the people they serve. - Lunga Shoeman, Shoprite Checkers (Pty) Ltd
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