Creating Beautiful ECD Spaces

If it was not for the determination and perseverance of women with a heart for young children, there would be no ECD centres in marginalised communities.

Their Story

The creche started in 2013. Their vision is: to protect children from abuse, to provide healthy nutritious food and to help children prepare for grade 1. The ECD practitioner explains that preparing the children for “big school” is important as  literacy and numeracy are poor among the children in her community.

Early on when the centre was not funded by DSD, NAG connected them with porridge from Feed the Babies. The ECD Practitioner describes the way the children’s health and growth began to change, weeks after they started giving them this nutrient rich porridge. She was astounded at the difference the porridge was making.

The ECD practitioner truly looks out for the wellbeing of the children at the centre, she regularly meets with parents and works closely with the Community Health Workers in the area. When the creche received funding from DSD, they started to save some of the school fees to buy blocks and sand so that they could renovate an old donated building and move out of the borrowed rondavel which was too small for the number of children. It is evident that the teachers at the creche are proud of the centre as they have truly made the most of what they have and created a truly beautiful ECD space.

“Go out into your community and do ECD awareness; tell the parents and the community why you exist and why it is important for children to attend pre-school.”

*names of been omitted to maintain the privacy of the ECD Centre


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Your investment can help us to give children in rural South Africa a fair start in life. You can give a general support donation or donate to one of these specific projects:

  • ECD Infrastructure
  • Playgrounds
  • ECD helpdesk

Covid-19 update

We need your help

We are currently working to support ECD centres to comply with the process set out by DSD for reopening but we need your help.  Centres urgently need water tanks, cleaning materials and personal protective equipment (PPE). Partner with us or make a contribution to reach ECD centres that do not have any water source and those who are not funded by government.

Network and Helpdesk

It is possible to improve access and quality of ECD when communities, government and the private sector work together


·         Facilitate municipal ECD Network meetings to support flow of information between grassroots ECD services, government and stakeholders 

·         Provide a help desk to assist ECD centres with registration and compliance to improve child protection and access to government subsidies.