South Africa Calls for a Children's Commissioner

childrens commissionerSouth Africa Calls for a Children's Commissioner

Since the start of the year, more than 60 children have been murdered in the Western Cape. It is clear that as a country, we are not effective in protecting and advancing the rights of children. To address these challenges, stakeholders in the children's sector are unanimous that a Children's Commissioner is necessary, and that we urgently need to explore the role, scope and powers of such an office. In September this year, the Draft Western Cape Commissioner for Children Bill 2017 was gazetted. The Bill is currently under review with non-profit organisations (NGOs) and stakeholders in the sector submitting comments for the improvement of the Bill, where a central concern is the lack of independence afforded to the Commissioner in the Bill. The Centre for Early Childhood Development is part of a committee who are drafting a joint NGO submission on the Western Cape Commissioner for Children Bill... READ MORE.

The Story of Sinethemba Educare

This story is the first in a series of inspiring case studies of some of the wonderful ECD principals and centres that CECD has worked with over the years.

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Grace Duko runs an ECD centre in Wallacedene, Kraaifontein in the Western Cape. The story of her work in ECD with her centre, Sinethemba Educare, shows what determination, passion and a love of children can achieve.

Grace first opened her doors in January 1998. Grace started off by looking after 6 to 10 children in a room in her house. Over time she realised that she thoroughly enjoyed working with children and watching them grow. Grace decided to take on more children and converted her house into Sinethemba Educare, which accommodated 29 children. In 2013, Sinethemba Educare managed to purchase a larger piece of land from the City of Cape Town in Wallacedene in order to accommodate more children. Working with numerous supporters, construction on a new ECD centre started in 2014 and was completed in 2016. Grace’s new centre can now accommodate 125 children.

Grace and her team of dedicated staff offer a quality education to the young children in her community. It is this quality education that will set the children at Sinethemba Educare up for future success in their lives. The Centre for Early Childhood Development is honoured to work with women like Grace, in order to ensure the best education for our country’s youngest citizens... READ MORE.

Celebrating Women's Day 2017

Womens Day HeaderWomen's Day 2017: Honouring women in the ECD community

In celebration of National Women’s Day, the Centre for Early Childhood Development presented gifts to some of the wonderful women working in the ECD community across the Western Cape, to thank them for all they do in the lives of young children in our country.

We selected 10 inspirational ECD principals and 4 ECD specialists, who we have worked closely with over a number of years. We took a day to drive to various communities in Cape Town to hand deliver these gifts, including Ocean View, Nyanga, Philippi, Samora Machel, Athlone and Ottery... READ MORE

Notes from our Director - Sustainability through Investment

CaptureSustainability through Investment - 01 August 2017

It is essential that NPOs sustain themselves in the long term in order to be able to provide the much needed programmes that they provide. If NPOs are not sustainable then they close, and vulnerable communities lose out on much needed social development services. Over the years many, many thousands of NPOs have closed in South Africa. In fact, probably more than half of the over 120,000 NPOs registered on the national department of Social Development database are dormant or closed... READ MORE

Mandela Day 2017

mendela day 2017Mandela Day 2017 - With the children of Sunshine Educare

The Centre for Early Childhood Development celebrated Mandela Day this year with the children of Sunshine Educare in Wolwerivier, a temporary relocation area in the Western Cape. With the support of POCO and Anchor Industries, much-needed resources, educational equipment and furniture was donated to the centre, to further promote the holistic development of the children in their care. Our Mandela Day event was both the official handover as well as a celebration for the 250 children.

Sunshine Educare was originally started in Skandaalkamp, an informal settlement located on the Frankdale Waste Disposal Site outside Tableview. In June 2015, the community, along with six other settlements, were moved by the City of Cape Town to an even more remote location called Wolwerivier. It was here that Sunshine Educare re-opened its doors in August 2015... READ MORE

International Children's Day 2017

int child day 201701 June is recognised as International Children's Day around the world. This is a day to celebrate and honour children. The Centre for Early Childhood Development spent the day at Oasis Asset Management celebrating with 128 children from Nantes and Bridges Educare (from Bridgetown) and Kiddies Joy Educare (from Bonteheuwel) in the Western Cape. The children enjoyed the day with balloon making characters, jumping castles, a classroom set-up which included arts and crafts, a play dough station, construction area, a story telling session and a teddy bears picnic.

 

New Research Report on ECD Released

'Effective Early Childhood Development Programme Options Meeting the Needs of Young South African Children'

- By Lauren-Jayne van Niekerk, Michaela Ashley-Cooper and Eric Atmore

A new research report with the support of the Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development (PSPPD), was released in March 2017. This research report details twelve best-practice ECD programmes currently being implemented throughout South Africa, including both centre-based and non-centre-based ECD programmes. This research study was conducted with the aim to describe and analyse ECD programme options, which work towards increasing access to ECD programmes and improving the quality of ECD for young children in South Africa. Each case provides a detailed description of the programme; the number of beneficiaries reached; a cost breakdown; as well as how best to implement the programme.

This research supports ECD service providers and government departments to implement the National Integrated ECD Policy approved by Cabinet on 09 December 2015, providing children with greater access to quality ECD programmes thereby reducing inequality and poverty. It ensures that the correct information is available for decision-making, that systems are improved, and that high numbers of children are effectively reached through a range of quality ECD programme options. This research is of benefit to children, families and communities because government, the ECD non-profit sector and communities now have guidance providing much-needed, quality ECD programmes. By providing South African policymakers with guidelines based on empirical evidence, the quality of ECD programmes can be enhanced, and those children presently excluded can be reached.

To download an electronic copy of the report, click here: Research Report PDF to download.

To view the report as a e-publication, click here: Research Report e-publication.

An opinion editorial on the research was published in The Mercury Newspaper on 13 April 2017. The article can be read here: 'Starting Them Young'

The State of CSI in South Africa - A Summary

The Trialogue CSI Handbook provides insight into the spending patterns of corporate investment in social development in South Africa each year. It serves as a great resource for NPOs to consult. The Centre for Early Childhood Development has summarised the key findings of the Trialogue 2015 CSI Handbook (18th edition), which can be downloaded here: The State of CSI in South Africa 2015 - Key Findings from Trialogue 2015. Hard copies of the handbook can be found on the Trialogue website here.

A joint effort is needed to put an end to deprivation

Despite the global recognition of the importance of upholding children’s rights, millions of children in South Africa still suffer from poverty, homelessness, abuse, neglect, preventable diseases, and unequal access to education. In order for our country to flourish, it is these basic human rights that need protecting.

In this article, we explore key areas affecting the lives of young children. Some areas show positive progress, with others showing less successful results.

The above information was taken from 'A joint effort is needed to put an end to deprivation' by Lauren van Niekerk and Michaela Ashley-Cooper; you can access a full copy of this here.