Our Director, Professor Eric Atmore's PhD Thesis!

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"An Interpretive Analysis of the Early Childhood Development Policy Trajectory in Post-apartheid South Africa" - Our Director, Professor Eric Atmore's PhD Thesis.

This year, our Director, Prof Eric Atmore, made news headlines (here, here, and here) when he graduated with his PhD from Stellenbosch University. His dissertation was entitled, "An Interpretive Analysis of the Early Childhood Development Policy Trajectory in Post-apartheid South Africa" and provides new insights into how the ECD policy trajectory shaped the evolution of ECD in post-apartheid South Africa during a period of unprecedented social, political, economic and education transformation.

To view an electronic copy of the full dissertation, click here.





'Young Leaders For Children' Conference announced!

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CECD to host 'Young Leaders for Children' Conference

The Centre for Early Childhood Development announces its 'Young Leaders for Children' Conference in Cape Town from 01 – 03 October 2019.

Please follow this link to see the conference call, which includes a call for conference presentations, abstract submissions for our 'Khawuleza' (Pecha Kucha-style) event, as well as conference registration details: Conference Call.

To register and for more information visit our 'Young Leaders for Children' Conference website on www.youngleadersforchildren.co.za

We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to our conference.

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Ramaphosa's SONA 2019 ECD comments


Ramaphosa's SONA 2019 ECD comments

Last month we watched the SONA address and were happy with President Cyril Ramaphosa's comments on ECD; the time to invest in the early education of South Africa's children is now. Work with us as we continue to put young children first by ensuring quality early childhood development for our country's youngest citizens... READ MORE.






Meet Nontembiso! CECD's Family Outreach Worker


Meet Nontembiso - CECD's dedicated Family Outreach worker

The Family Outreach Programme is a successful programme developed by the Centre for Early Childhood Development (CECD) which focuses on empowering families and improving childcare in the home environment – which is recognised as the primary place of learning for young children, with parents being the first teachers. 70% of children in South Africa are not in any form of ECD provision. Nontembiso identifies and recruits families who need her support by going door-to-door in the Barcelona community. Nontembiso provides parents with a package of services including weekly home-visits, parent education workshops on important childcare topics, and much-needed food parcels. She also supports parents to set up informal playgroups for young children in the community. The aim is to provide children with the head-start they need to succeed in formal schooling and later in life.

Nontembiso is passionate about making a change in the community, starting with Barcelona's most vulnerable residents. She is hard-working, compassionate, big-hearted, and provides love, education and care to all the children and caregivers with whom she works... READ MORE.


'Mandela and Children' Book Launched!

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Celebrating Madiba's Life and Legacy

In celebration of what would have been Nelson Mandela's 100th Birthday this year, the Centre for Early Childhood Development (CECD), together with the Cape Town Museum of Childhood, developed a Madiba and Children Book, which was officially launched on Mandela Day 2018.

The Madiba and Children Book includes a unique collection of photographs and stories from people who met Madiba as a child. These honest stories capture the essence of Madiba's character: a caring, patient man who loved people and was extremely fond of children. In addition to these inspiring stories, the book presents artworks from almost 100 children from various schools across the Western Cape. A wonderful collection of photographs of Madiba interacting with children, from the well-acclaimed photographer, Benny Gool, is also presented in the book. Nelson Mandela was a champion for children and had a huge impact on the lives of millions of children around the country. With this book we honour Madiba's legacy and his love for children.

On 18 July 2018, on what would have been Madiba's 100th birthday, the Madiba and Children Book was launched with an event of over 200 people, including the children from the participating schools, the individuals whose stories are told in the book and other important guests. Transport for the majority of the children and parents, was sponsored by Cape Town Shuttle Services. The event had live music and entertainment, speeches and messgaes from young children, and a panel discussion where a selection of individuals from the book shared their childhood memories about Madiba.

The Madiba and Children Book was developed by Bridget Kahts and Professor Eric Atmore from the Centre for Early Childhood Development. If you would like a copy of this book, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 021 6832420.

New ECD Research Study Available - ECD Centre Quality


Research on Quality ECD Centres now available

This research study explores the views of stakeholders in the early childhood development (ECD) sector on the essential components that contribute towards the making of quality ECD centres. ECD is vitally important in the South African context; however access and quality of ECD services is a significant challenge. While accessibility to ECD services is progressively being realised for young children; the quality of these services remains a challenge. This study was carried out with a sample of fifteen principals of effective ECD centres in the Western Cape, South Africa... READ MORE.

To read the full research article, click here:
Research conducted by Bridget Kahts, for the degree of Master of Social Sciences in Social Development, University of Cape Town, under the supervision of Eric Atmore.

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'

International Children's Day 2018

CaptureInternational Children's Day 2018

International Children’s Day is a day dedicated to raising awareness about child rights and well-being, and is celebrated annually on 01 June. This year, CECD was privileged to celebrate this important day with the young children at Christine Revell Children’s Home. The day was filled with fun activities including... READ MORE.


International Children's Book Day 2018

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In celebration of International Children's Book Day, we hosted a "Book Walk" with the children of Church of Christ Educare Centre, in Silvertown, Athlone, on 29 March 2018.

The aim was to empower children's journey to reading as well as foster an excitement about reading. We encouraged the children to go home and read the story from their take-home activity, to their friends and family... READ MORE.