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The ECD Landscape in South Africa


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What is early childhood development, why is it important, and how can you study a ECD course and start your career in this field?

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The ECD Landscape in South Africa

  1. 1. The run lanllscane in South Africa What is ECD? Important aspects of ECD: Nutrition Health care Age—appropriate physical activity Love and affection Social interaction Opportunities for learning place in a child between I» I birth and school—going age. C? Benefits of ECD: Children who are given a strong foundation in early childhood are: More likely to overcome developmental problems. - More likely to be school—ready when they reach school—going age. - More likely to be physically healthy. - More likely to reach their full potential. - More likely to grow into responsible citizens. - More likely to become economically active adults. - More likely to have a positive effect on the next generation through good parenting of their own children. Informal Providers: Formal Providers: In terms of the Children's Act 38 of Parents, family members, and other caregivers such as nannies provide 2005, all facilities that provide care for children with opportunities for early pre—school age children must provide childhood development in an informal ECD programmes. manner through, for exam ple: These facilities must: - Giving them educational toys to play with. - Be registered with the Department of Social Development. Must be run (and staffed by) suitably - Providing them with healthy meals and adequate medical care. ° - Showing them love, care and qualified and experienced ECD practitioners. E? I 3 I ECD in terms of the Children's Act 38 of 2005 | The Children's Act regulates the provision affection. of ECD Services and ECD Programmes in various. childc»are'facilities, including partial care facilities such as Creches and pre- schoolls. ECD Practitioners: ECD Services: (s91(2) of the Children's Act) - Aimed at promoting childhood deve| opment. t Provided on a regular basis by someone other ECD Programmes: (s91(3) of the Children's Act) Programmes that are provided in the context of an ECD service, and that are designed to ”provide Suitably qualified individuals who work in ECD Centres and who run ECD programmes. ECD practitioners are often learning and support than a child's parent or employed as: _ appropriate to the child's caregiver. ° d I I d Provided to children eve opmenta age an ‘ t III below school—going age. 5 age ° Playschool teachers Pre—schoo| teachers Pre—schoo| directors u . ,-5 V, ..-1,11,. _, .“: ,, .1, V -. ’. .s. ‘. .K. .‘ . #L-': "-. v To be able to apply for the To become an ECD . . registration of an ECD practitioner, you need to: programme, you need to: Undergo training in implementing ECD Have a National Certificate in ECD at NQF 1-6 level, OR programmes. Be able to identify serious childhood illnesses and know how to respond to Have an appropriate ECD qualification, them. OR ° Undergo first aid training. Have at least 3 years’ experience in implementing ECD programmes South African ECD qualifications include: National Certificate: N4 Educare National Certificate: N5 Educare National Certificate: N6 Educare National Diploma: Educare Bachelor of Primary Education in ECD (NQF7) BEd in Early Childhood Development — Foundation Phase (NQF8) lnfographic by: Oxbridge Academy —