Covid-19’s impact on ECD programmes

New survey reveals that ECD programmes in South Africa’s most vulnerable communities need urgent financial support to survive the pandemic.

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 accessing early learning    

More than 3.3 million of our
country’s 0-5 year olds still do not
have access to any form of early
learning programme. Nearly 90%
of these children come from the
poorest quintiles,  indicating that
past inequities in access to early
learning programmes remain a
critical challenge.

6-700 000 children who access an early learning programme are government subsidised, however there are 1.5 million  children who are accessing early learning without any benefit from government subsidy.


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OP-ED:Need for State Support for the ECD Sector

OP-ED:Need for State Support for the ECD Sector

THE ECD SECTOR MUST BENEFIT FROM STATE SUPPORT By Laura Brooks (Financing and Systems Manager at Ilifa Labantwana) and Sumaya Hendricks (Dialogue Analyst at the Nelson Mandela Foundation) The President’s bold commitment on the 21st of April of R500 billion to support...

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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%