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Second chance at education: Shakespeare’s story

Our playgroup programme in the North West is successful because of the passionate SmartStarters who identify opportunities to fill early learning gaps in their communities.  Here's one of their stories...   Growing up, Shakespeare dreamt of becoming a Chartered...

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PHOTO ESSAY: Early literacy in the Free State

Khayalethu is an ECD centre for 120 children aged 0-5 in Vrede - a small town in the heart of the agricultural Free State. Two years ago, Khayalethu was invited to participate in the Nal’ibali StoryPlay project. Nal’ibali is a national literacy programme and StoryPlay...

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Setting the ECD facts straight: teen pregnancy

You have probably come across these common misconceptions about Early Childhood Development in South Africa at some point. Maybe on social media, maybe in the comment section of a news website, or maybe during a heated argument at a social gathering. We decided set...

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New play-based teaching course for ECD practitioners

There is a growing amount of evidence globally which supports that play is fundamental to learning in the first 1000 days of a child's life.  For young children aged under 6, playing is a way to develop social and cognitive skills, as well as confidence. Incorporating...

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Setting the ECD facts straight

You have probably come across these common misconceptions about Early Childhood Development in South Africa at some point. Maybe on social media, maybe in the comment section of a news site, or maybe during a heated argument at a social gathering.  We decided set the...

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