Nurturing Care framework – now available

The Nurturing Care Framework provides a
roadmap for action. It builds on state-of-the-art
evidence about how early childhood development
unfolds and how it can be improved by policies
and interventions.

This document is a joint publication between WHO, UNICEF and the World Bank Group.

Ilifa Labantwana works to secure an equal start for all children living in South Africa, through universal access to quality early childhood development.


Children 0-5 years attending any early learning programme (ELP) by income quintile 

Opportunities for early learning are still not accessible – especially to the poorest. Only about 38% of children in the lowest income households (quintile 1) are attending an early learning programme. The data shows a clear increase in attendance as income increases, but overall, the rates are still low. This means a large number of children in South Africa are missing out on a critical window of opportunity for development.

Early learning programmes can include crèches, early childhood development (ECD) centres, schools or any other learning institutions.


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Call for comments: draft Children’s Third Amendment Bill

The Department of Social Development is inviting the public to comment on the draft Children’s Third Amendment Bill, which proposes several modifications to the Children’s Act. The bill proposes to: address inconsistencies within the Children’s Act introduce new...

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2018 edition of Early Childhood Matters available

The latest edition of Early Childhood Matters is now available and features an article written by our sister organisation Innovation Edge’s executive director Sonja Giese on their inaugural Think Future event held in 2017. Early Childhood Matters: advances in early...

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Job opportunity! Technical Advisor position

The National Department of Social Development (DSD) and a consortium of organisations have formed a partnership aimed at improving the effectiveness of the early childhood development Conditional Grant (CG). The DSD and consortium are looking to appoint an ECD...

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  • There are 6 million children aged 0 – 5 years in South Africa. 100%
  • 4 million of them receive the Child Support Grant and they need subsidised early learning. 66%
  • Only 1 million of children who need subsidised early learning – or 25% – are receiving it. 25%