Ensuring affordable quality in early childhood education!

“The best way to prepare children for their adult life is to give them what they need as children” (Principle 1) said Tina Bruce in her keynote address, “10 Transglobal Principles of Early Childhood Education”, at our March 2017 Early Childhood Development Conference in Cape Town. This and the other principles affirm the importance of play in a child’s life – that play is not just a pastime in a child’s life but an absolutely vital part of early childhood development.

Read Rujeko Mayo’s lively blog about the happenings and read and listen to UNICEF South Africa’s Andre Viviers. There’s more in these workshop summaries from Carole Bloch on emergent writing, Sara Stanley and Nolubabalo Mbotshwa on story telling and early literacy, Georgie McCall and Peter Hadebe on nature, Tina Bruce, Xoliswa Ndhove and Madeline Mdladla on gifts and occupations – exploring mathematics, and Stella Louis and Mandisa Nakani on observing children and schemas. Listen also to Stella on schemas!

This conference (look out for our report here soon) – was a collaboration between PRAESA, UNICEF, The Froebel Trust, the Department of Higher Education & Training, and the Centre for Early Childhood Development – offered a range of opportunities for participants to observe, experience, discuss, analyse and act to ensure the fundamentals of quality in an inclusive, principled and transformative curriculum approach in early childhood education. Through keynote talks and interactive workshops, the conference brought theory and practice together to reaffirm what quality in early childhood education means for all young children, making visible, simple but profound elements, drawing on commonly held principles, and making transformative links with the South African Education 0-4 framework and curriculum requirements of Grade R.


Issues in the development of multilingual children’s literacy and literature in South Africa – taking stock

two-day seminar hosted by PRAESA, IBBY SA and PEN SA took place on 27 and 28 March at SASNEV’s offices, 4 Central Ave, Pinelands, Cape Town.

Participants reflected on and discussed progress and tasks in the related fields of early childhood literacy and literature development.

• See the full programme. Presentations and other materials will be posted here – watch this space!