Application pack to assist PCR – now available

The Bhalisa Inkulisa application pack contains all the information ECD centres need in order to apply for Partial Care Registration (PCR). It guides centres on what documents they need to complete, how they can prepare for inspection by social workers and environmental health practitioners, and also provides additional documents that can improve the day-to-day running of centres.


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.

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Early learning subsidy helps ECD centre

The winter of 2017 was a tough one for Strawberry Play Centre. “As is the case every year, the fees that pay my teachers’ salaries didn’t come in as it was supposed to,” says principal Mareldea Davids. “When money would come in, I would pay the teachers first, then...

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Inkanyezi in need of infrastructure improvements

Inkanyezi ECD Centre in Amaoti, Ethekwini municipality, will be undergoing renovations as part of the Strategic ECD Infrastructure Support (SEIS) Programme. This programme allocates limited infrastructure resources to upgrade ECD centres with high potential in the...

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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 them – or 25% – are receiving subsided early learning. 25%