Achievements

Over the past 23 years, the Centre for Early Childhood Development has:

  • Provided workshops on child nutrition, combatting HIV/AIDS, positive discipline, child safety, and the child support grant to 3,400 practitioners.
  • Trained over 5,000 ECD practitioners on ECD centre management, governance and financial management, ECD policies and working with technology in the classroom.
  • Assisted 1,428 young men and women in obtaining their Level 4: National Certificate in Early Childhood Development.
  • Assisted 366 young men and women in obtaining their Level 5: Higher Certificate in Early Childhood Development.
  • Trained 5,421 governing body members. This training will help them assist ECD centre staff with financial management and general ECD centre governance which will result in sustainability of their centres.
  • Upgraded 1,163 centres, enabling our youngest and most vulnerable citizens to enjoy a quality early learning programme in a safe and secure environment. We also built 6 completely new centres as part of our ISLP programme. These ‘new’ centres now serve an excess of 500 children every day.
  • Provided age-appropriate and programme relevant ECD equipment and materials to 2,989 ECD centres. We also provided training on the use and maintenance of this equipment to each of these ECD centres.
  • Assisted 3,224 ECD centres through outreach programmes, on-site support and mentoring and assistance in registering for the Provincial Department of Social Development per capita subsidy.
  • Reached 345,016 young children through the many programmes and services we provide to the sector every day.
  • Reached over 1 million families and their children through knowledge sharing, resource mobilisation, campaigns, radio programmes, activities and parent-education workshops (focused on child safety, child nutrition, child development, positive discipline, and effective parenting).
  • Provided support, advice and information to 25,106 community members through workshops, resource mobilisation, campaigns and community events.
  • Assisted over 180 organisations across South Africa through knowledge sharing, organisation development workshops, our ECD helpline and through our conferences.
  • Assisted 398 young children with special needs and their families by providing mobility aids, inclusive-education workshops and advice, information and support.
  • Trained 3,582 adults in combating HIV and AIDS in the nine provinces of South Africa.
  • Placed 629 KidSmart Early Learning computers in ECD sites across the nine provinces and trained 1200 teachers on the education software.
  • Responded to over 3,200 requests for resource materials and information annually, through our Early Childhood Development Helpline, ASK CECD
  • Served on the Minister of Education’s Co-ordinating Committee on Early Childhood Development (CCECD) and the National Committee on Teacher Education Policy (COTEP).
  • Been appointed as a contributing partner to the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
  • Been awarded the Presidential Award for Education Excellence in the Early Childhood Development category
  • Been appointed by the European Union/Department of Education to identify and survey 24,000ECD sites around the country.
  • Received a productivity merit Award from the National Productivity Institute (NPI) of South Africa.
  • Being a founder member of 'Proudly South African'.
  • Written the National ECD guidelines for the National Department of Social Development.
  • Developed an Integrated ECD Plan for then Education Minister Ms Naledi Pandor.
  • Been chosen as a runner up in 2004 for the Mail & Guardian Investing in the Future Awards for our IBM KidSmart Early Learning Programme.
  • Been awarded the 2005 African ICT Achievers Award, Civil Society category, for our IBM KidSmart Early Learning Programme.
  • Been awarded an Impumelelo Innovations Gold Award in 2005 for the ECD Enrichment Centre Project that established six ECD Enrichment Centres in five disadvantaged communities around the Cape Town metropolitan.
  • Implemented the first National ECD Awareness Week, 1 – 8 June 2006 in which 8,052 children and 7,014 community members attended ECD awareness events, 170 ECD practitioners benefited from training events, and advocacy and policy issues were highlighted in national media and debate.