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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Audit of the early childhood development centres

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Impact assessments and evaluations
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Department of Social Development
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The DSD’s  Audit of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres, conducted in 2014, provides information on the nature and extent of ECD provisioning, services, resources and infrastructure across all nine provinces in respect of registered, conditionally registered and unregistered ECD sites.  The audit is particularly important from a policy perspective as it will serve as a baseline for future audits, inform the establishment of national benchmarks for the variables used, and will inform ECD infrastructure policy and planning. The audit report confirms that the bulk of unregistered centres are located in low income urban areas and that the biggest obstacle to their registration is their failure to comply with the onerous norms and standards prescribed by the Children’s Act. Go to this blog by Patricia Martin to get an interesting overview of the report.