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During the State of the Nation Address earlier this year our president announced various focus areas on the Early Childhood sector. Preparation is in place to make two years of early childhood development compulsory for all children. This compulsory enrolment will apply to all South African children between the ages of four and five and will take place before the child enters grade 1.
In line with this several changes to Early Child Development (ECD) in South Africa will take place, including:
• ECD will now fall under the responsibility of the Department of basic Education (DBE), historically registration, management and ongoing certification has been handled by the Department of Social Development (DSD);
• Providing a comprehensive package of ECD services (birth registration, social assistance, parenting support and quality learning);
• Standardising guidelines, norms and standards for ECD and setting the employment targets in the sector over the next five years;
• Developing a plan to take care of the first 1,000 days of human life, from pregnancy until two years of age, in which the pregnant mother will get good nutrition, be encouraged to stop smoking and drinking alcohol and undertake antenatal care visits from an early stage. The baby should receive good nutrition, exclusive breastfeeding, immunisation and growth monitoring;
• Promoting different models for delivering home and community based ECD.