What is Early Childhood Development?
Early Childhood Develop ment is the all-round development of our childre n to help them to further develop into childhood and adulthood. The development of babies, toddlers and young children form the foundation for all further development that a child undergoes. Childcare services (day-care, pre-school, etc.) represent much more than a drop-off location for working parents, they play a very important part in the development of children. They give children an opportunity to engage in a variety of educational and social activities . During early childhood rapid development (physical, cognitive and emotional) takes place, this development is crucial in readying children for school . Children who are ready for school will be friendly, confident, and social; they will have good peer relationships, language skills and they will communicate well. School-ready children will be less likely to fail a grade and will perform better overall.
In South Africa Early Childhood Development (ECD) is a priority and is supported by legislation, national policies and strategies.
In what context can I use Early Childhood Development (Pre-school facilitator)?
- Community-based services
- ECD centres
- Home care
- Learning institutions