About CECD


The Centre for Early Childhood Development (CECD) first opened its doors in 1994. We are a national resource providing training, support and advice in the field of early childhood development. The focus of our work is on improving the education and care of children from disadvantaged communities.

We work with

  • Communities, providing technical assistance to early childhood development projects
  • Organisations, enhancing organisation efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Individuals, developing skills and increasing their capacity.
  • Parents, providing information on the development of children.


Our mission is to increase the capacity of individuals, organisations and communities in delivering early childhood development programmes and services. This is pursued through a range of programmes, projects and services.

The CECD team

Abigail Daniels – ECD Assistant

Amanda Mbali – Community Engagement Activist

Aziza Schreuder – Programme Manager

Boniswa Gquma – Office Administrator

Bridget Kahts – Programme Manager

Chanel Fredericks – Programme Manager

Eric Atmore – Director

Gloria van Rensburg – Outreach Worker

Jessica Blom – Operations Manager

Kirsty Barnes – ECD Assistant

Lauren van der Westhuizen – ECD Assistant

Lisa Jurgens – ECD Assistant

Lutfieyah Sadien – Trainer

Michaela Ashley-Cooper – Programme Manager

Najwah Mukadam – Events Co-ordinator

Navarne Wheeder – ECD Assistant

Nelisa Manyonta – ECD Assistant

Nontembiso Leve – Development Worker

Philip Banda – Gardener/Handyman

Roz Witbooi – General Manager

Sarah Atmore – Programme Manager

Tatum Dyson – ECD Assistant

Thembisa Nkohla – Trainer

Victoria Lumko – General Worker

William Kaunda – Gardener/Handyman

Yusrah Ehrenreich – Advocacy and Social Justice Manager

Zahra Manji – Funding

The Centre for Early Childhood Development strives to:

  • Advocate policies and practices that create improved conditions for young children.
  • Assist policy makers in the search for effective and affordable ways of offering early childhood development programmes.
  • Promote effective, affordable and replicable models of early childhood development.
  • Support and strengthen organisations and communities which offer early childhood development programmes.
  • Build partnerships with organisations implementing early childhood development programmes.
  • Create awareness about early childhood development by developing and disseminating resources, information and materials to the ECD sector.
  • Assist communities to establish early childhood development centres and programmes.
  • Provide training opportunities for early childhood development workers.
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