Early Childhood Development To Become Part of Basic Education

Big changes in the Social Development and Basic Education sector are coming as Early Childhood Development will now form part of Basic Education. The new development comes after a number of reasons were discussed, read further to learn more.


Early Childhood Development (ECD) will no longer fall under the Department of Social Development, the new development means the ECD will now be part of the Department of Basic Education (DBE).

The announcement comes when the DBE recently started the vaccination of teachers, and will now have to take more numbers from ECD teachers as the country battles with third wave of covid-19.

It is however mentioned that the vaccination of ECD teachers will only start from Grade R to Grade three, but teachers of children from birth to four years will not form part of the roll-out. This move has not yet been confirmed as the ECD is still not part of DBE just yet.

The change follows the outcry of the ECD workforce need to be counted as essential workers for vaccination programme because they also come into contact with children on a daily basis.

The Social Development sector has been suffering with a lot of challenges facing the ECDs and getting criticism from communities about people who practiced as the ECDs without the necessary qualifications.

The department has been accused of not caring enough for children to protect them against the abuse from their centres of learning.  

The Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu announced, that the handover will officially be finalised on 1 April 2022. 

This change was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in the 2019 State of the Nation Address. The main reason was said to improve the development of children and quality of their education.

It remains to be seen if the Basic Education sector is ready to cope with this big change under the challenges that comes will covid-19.


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