EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENTPractical training in ECD for pre-school and crèche staff from ECD Centres in disadvantaged communities.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Education is essential to a child’s development. The economic benefits of investing in children have been extensively documented. Investing fully in children today will ensure the well-being and productivity of future generations. By contrast, the physical, emotional and intellectual impairment that poverty inflicts on children can mean a lifetime of suffering and want – and a lasting legacy of poverty.
Early Childhood Development intervention, with babies and young children being exposed to appropriate early stimulation, is critical for providing the foundation for life-long learning and productive participation in life.
An Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre is a site where the holistic development of children from birth to six years is nurtured and developed by providing a safe environment and a sound education programme in partnership with educators, parents, community and government.
Masikhule provides training courses to an average of 300 staff, volunteers and mothers of young children annually and, through them, has impacted positively on the emotional, social and intellectual development of more than 1800 young lives each year.
“For children from disadvantaged backgrounds, timely and appropriate interventions can often reverse the effects of poverty and early deprivation and maximise the development of a child’s innate potential. One way of achieving this is by increasing access to good quality Early Childhood Development programmes. Pre-schools become the focal point and catalyst for wider community development and change.”