New ELOM website

South Africa’s first Early Learning Outcomes Measure has launched a new website. Read more about this standardised, culturally fair and simple to manage tool, which indicates whether an ECD programme is effective in preparing children for school.


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

On average, 63% of South African children aged 3 – 5 are attending some kind of early learning facility. However, this “coverage” rate varies considerably across provinces, offering opportunity to maximise the impact of subsidised programmes where the concentrations of 3 – 5 year olds is at its highest. KwaZulu-Natal has the most compelling investment case – it’s home to 21% of children aged 3 – 5, but only 54% of them are attending formal group learning.

More data on KwaZulu-Natal.

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ELOM: a programme monitoring and evaluation tool

The ELOM (Early Learning Outcomes Measure) - South Africa’s first population level pre-school child assessment tool, which is funded by Ilifa Labantwana’s sister organisation the Innovation Edge - was started in 2015. Over a two year period the project underwent...

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Think Future: a new kind of ECD conference

Our sister organisation Innovation Edge is hosting South Africa’s first innovation conference - Think Future dedicated to early childhood development later this year. Think Future, which takes place 6-8 November in Cape Town, is bringing together change makers from...

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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%