Choos­ing the best early care for your child

Vuk'uzenzele - - Yoeudutchaftoiocnus -

THIS IS THE time of year when it's back to school for most chil­dren. But for some, it will be the first time they leave the com­fort of home for school.

Early child­hood devel­op­ment (ECD) is a pro­gramme of­fered to chil­dren from birth to school-go­ing age that fo­cuses on the phys­i­cal, emo­tional, men­tal rea­son­ing and so­cial devel­op­ment of a child.

Chil­dren go through re­mark­able growth with brain devel­op­ment at its peak at this stage. It is there­fore im­por­tant that they re­ceive the cor­rect stim­u­la­tion.

The Na­tional Devel­op­ment Agency (NDA) of­fers ex­pert ad­vice on what par­ents should look for when en­rolling their chil­dren at ECD cen­tres in line with com­pli­ance mat­ters, such as regis­tra­tion, safety and se­cu­rity, learn­ing meth­ods and teacher train­ing.

The NDA is an agency of the Depart­ment of So­cial Devel­op­ment.

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