SA Early Childhood Review 2017 – now available
The South African Early Childhood Review 2017 is our annual measure of ECD service delivery using 40 carefully selected data points across health, nutrition, social security, and early learning.
Ilifa Labantwana works to secure an equal start for all children living in South Africa, through universal access to quality early childhood development.
Our graph of the month
Our survey of 516 ECD centres in 6 KZN municipalities found that only 21% of ECD centres had an adequate number of trained practitioners (1:20), shown by the orange bars on the graph. Meanwhile, only 28% had an adequate number of assistant practitioners (1:20), shown by the blue lines.
Because the data did not include the age ranges of children surveyed, we assumed that an ECD centre had an efficient number of personnel if they had a ratio of 1:10. None of the centres we surveyed had an efficient ratio of practitioners to children.
Our blog, publications, and research
We are proud to announce that we have launched the South African Early Childhood Review 2017 – our annual statistical review of more than 40 carefully selected data points measuring early childhood service delivery in South Africa across the five essential package...read more
Just over a decade ago, a senior official at national Treasury told me that government was “awash with money”. Not any more. Cost-cutting is the order of the day. Things are only going to get tighter after the medium-term budget policy statement on 25 October. We will...read more
The Seven Passes Initiative - a non-profit organisation working to prevent violence and to support and improve youth education and opportunities in Touwsranten in the Western Cape - runs an ECD-focused positive parenting programme, which helps increase access to...read more
- 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 them – or 25% – are receiving subsided early learning. 25%
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