Nutrition is a Basic Human Need

Children need the right foods at the right time to grow and develop to their full potential. However, meeting children’s nutritional needs in early life can be challenging for many parents, particularly in poor and under-resourced communities. The reality is that many infants and young children are not receiving the nutrition they need to survive […]

Facilitating Quality ECD Programmes

Learning Groups are the heart of ensuring quality programmes at Impande. Since 2014 the Learning Groups in UGU District have provided a mechanism for ECD teachers to come together to motivate each other, learn new skills and practice implementation.   In 2023 Impande aim to start learning groups in Winnie-Madikizela Mandela, Nthabankhulu and Umzimvubu municipalities in […]

It’s Not Every Day The President Visits

In January 2022, the Nelson Mandela Foundation approved grant funding for the construction of three new Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in WM-Mandela Municipality in Eastern Cape. The source of the funds for the Little Flower Pre-school was from President Ramaphosa who committed to donate half of his presidential salary when he took office. Little […]

Implementing the Social Employment Fund

Over the last few months, we have been incredibly busy implementing our Social Employment Fund (SEF) project, after being selected as a strategic implementation partner by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). Under this fund, teachers who previously earned close to nothing while working at unfunded Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres will receive a monthly income […]

Function Shift

Function shift – we have been hearing this term for three years. Government responsibility for Early Childhood Development (ECD) is moving from the Department of Social Development (DSD) to the Department of Basic Education (DBE) on the 1st April 2022. It has been a turbulent few years as there have been some mixed messages and […]