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


SA children 0-5 being read to    

Reading is an important form of stimulation and teaches babies and children about communication; introduces them to numbers, letters, colours and shapes; develops their listening, memory and vocabulary skills; and enables them to understand the world around them.

Despite evidence supporting that babies should be read to from day one, data collected during the General Household Survey 2016 shows that half of children under 2 are never read to. The good news is that the regularity of being read to does increase as children get older – but not by enough. A third of South African children under 5 don’t get read to at all.

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New resource: Evidence base for early learning programmes

We have just published a new public resource: a literature review of the global evidence base for early learning programmes. This analysis is especially useful in the current South African context, where both the National Development Plan Vision 2030 and the National...

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Quick access to ECD resources

As a learning organisation working in the early childhood development space, we are always looking to contribute and add value to the sector and one of the ways we do this is through our resource hub on our website. We believe that open and free access to quality...

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