Early Childhood Development(ECD)

National ECD CoP Meeting Highlights 2019-08-13

A very interesting National ECD CoP was held on 13 August 2019. The topics that were discussed include Movement Guidelines by Dr Catherine Draper from Wits Univeristy and Human Resources in ECD with a Focus on Quality. According to Dr Draper, many people do understand the importance of play and movement for children, but few realise how valuable it is, and how it relates to a child’s health and development. Thus, Dr Catherine, along with others, devoted her efforts towards creating Movement Guidelines. Linda Biesteker spoke about human resources in the ECD space, with a focus on quality. Linda made the point that quality in ECD has focused on the attainment of qualifications when in fact a more concerted effort is really needed around meaningful support delivered on sites where practitioners work. Linda provided the CoP members an analysis of challenges with regards to quality in Human Resources and also gave us examples of interventions that have made significant gains in supporting practitioners in a meaningful way.