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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

The South African National Curriculum Framework for children from Birth to Four

Type :
Research reports & papers
Author :
Department of Basic Education and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Published :
2015
Document(s) :

This National Curriculum Framework (NCF) provides guidance for those developing programmes and working with babies, toddlers and young children from birth to age four; and is based on the National Early Learning and Development Standards (NELDS). The NCF promotes a holistic vision of early childhood development (ECD) which pays attention to: the first 1000 days which are the windows of opportunities for interventions before birth and the first two years of life after birth; and the third and fourth years of life and the time before the child enters primary school. The document is aimed at adults working with from birth to four and includes: parents and caregivers, early childhood practitioners (in centres, family and community support services, child minders), practitioner/educator and support staff and monitoring personnel (government and civil society) who visit the ECD programmes.