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.

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

Data

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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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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From the frontlines: Vukuzakhe’s story

Vukuzakhe in Phelezeni village, Nquthu municipality, opened its doors 30 years ago to care for children while their parents were working away from home in the cities, but lately the centre has been facing a number of issues with the building. On rainy days...

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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%