ECD Practitioners go the extra mile

Thuli is the founder of Masibambisane ECD Centre in the kwaMadlala Area. Over the years and especially during lockdown Thuli realised that most home environments in her community do not have enough resources or means to support the growth and development of children. Parents need support since some of them are working. Thuli started to visit parents and propose that they send their children to the creche, while also advising them about the importance of ECD.

Some parents expressed that they were not keen to send their children to the Creche because of challenges at home like unemployment, transport, money to pay Creche fees, no clothes, not enough food to send for snack time etc. In these circumstances Thuli believes that the importance of ECD outweighs such challenges and to assist parents she would help parents where possible, like walking with some children to the ECD Centre or making sure there was enough food at the Centre for snack time.

For Thuli going the extra mile meant the opportunity to have as many children attend the ECD Centre and that was her main priority.

A lot of parents believe that they can keep their children at home until they are ready for school, these parents do not understood the developmental milestones. Since Thuli started to guide and motivate them on the importance of ECD, she is now getting positive messages from parents thanking her for her contribution as they see new developments in their children.


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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.