ECD ACTION AREAS

network & helpdesk

Our ECD network and helpdesk enables knowledge sharing and organisational support at scale. Our goal is to:

  • 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.

ECD centres access helpdesk.
Municipalities in Eastern Cape and UGU District reached.
ECD centres attend network meetings.

Data & Resource allocation

Government support to ECD centres ensure sustainability and child protection. To combat this we: 

  • Identify and profile unknown ECD services to develop strategic partnerships and lobby for support from government and stakeholders.
  • Administer nutritional support to ECD centres that are not subsidised by the Department of Social Development (DSD) to improve child nutrition and health.
ECD centres across UGU and Bizana are on our database.
Children receive nutrition through our partnership with Zero2Five Trust.
ECD centres receive training and resources through our partnership with Unlimited Child.

Training & Mentoring

We have identified the need for ongoing mentoring to help teachers with practical ECD implementation, therefore we:

  • Facilitate ECD learning groups for teachers to support centre driven improvements towards holistic excellence.
  • Monitor implementation of the Unlimited Child Programme to support use of resources and activities.
  • Implement holistic onsite mentoring programme to improve child learning outcomes and school readiness.
Local learning groups hosted by ECD centres.
Teachers attend local learning groups every month.
Early Learning Outcome Measure (ELOM) assessments conducted.

Impande has a strong commitment to improving access to infrastructure and resources for ECD centres.

infrastructure improvements

Our low cost ECD infrastructure model has been developed with scalability, functionality and learning in mind. Our goal is to: 

  • Construct safe ECD centres with adequate space to improve children’s learning environments.
  • Construct safe classrooms to provide additional space at existing ECD centres.
  • Install playgrounds to provide optional learning opportunities outdoors
ECD centres receiving new buildings and classrooms.
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Invested in infrastructure improvements.
Single classrooms to be built in 2020 with Breadline Africa.

Registration & policy

Work towards the registration of more ECD centres and consult on a wide variety of projects including:

  • The Vangasali campaign to scale up ECD registration across the country in partnership with DSD and Nelson Mandela Foundation.
  • The finalisation of the national ECD registration framework and national census in ECD.
  • Policy insights to government to improve the implementation of equitable ECD policy and systems.
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Of new yearly ECD subsidies leveraged from government.
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Of ECD centres in Bizana (Eastern Cape) are registered. Total of 260 centres.
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Of ECD centres in UGU District are registered. Total of 440 centres.

Youth development for ecd

Local unemployed youth have skills and capacity that are needed at ECD centres. Therefore we:

  • Facilitate placement and bursaries for youth to work at ECD centres to strengthen the ECD work force long term.
  • Utilise youth interns at ECD centres for data collection, administration and organisational development.
Youth interns have participated in the programme to date.
Youth benefitting through internships or bursaries in 2020 in partnership with YES and Impande Norway.
Bursaries provided for youth to pursue higher education.
“I am passionate about ECD because in our communities parents have little time for their children. I want children to attend an ECD centre so that they can be safe and healthy”.
"The ECD Learning Group is a beautiful place. It gives us an opportunity to keep our minds active and think about all different areas of children´s development".
"Since I joined the learning group I am trying to get my learners to love maths. When I am teaching, I just include maths most of the time."
“I am passionate about ECD because in our communities parents have little time for their children. I want children to attend an ECD centre so that they can be safe and healthy.”

INCUBATION PROJECTS

In partnership with Impande Norway we provide infrastructure development and support to selected grassroot projects that work to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families.  

WHAT WE DO:

  • Governance support for Siyamthanda who provide a shelter for abused women and children.
  • Incubation and mentoring of Isibani who provide legal and therapy services to survivors of gender based violence.
  • Implementation of pilot Science Technology Art and Maths (STEAM) centre for students and construction of science labs.
  • Facilitate access to information and resources for HCBC centres that provide nutritional and psycho-social support to vulnerable children.

 

Governance support for Siyamthanda who provide a shelter for abused women and children.
Incubation and mentoring of Isibani which provide legal and therapy services to survivors of gender based violence.
Implementation of pilot Science Technology Art and Maths (STEAM) centre for students and construction of science labs.
Facilitate access to information and resources for HCBC centres that provide nutritional and psycho-social support to vulnerable children.

More about our work

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challenges of registration