Abstract South African students’ poor mathematics performance on national and international tests can be attributed to the gap the children begin schooling with from different socio economics homes. Wright et al assert that this gap continues to grow the longer students are in school. Early childhood research highlights the significant educational gains of exposing young

Abstract This paper critically reviews what we know about the long-term effects of parental leave and early childhood education programs. We find only limited evidence that expansions of parental leave durations improved long-run educational or labor market outcomes of the children whose parents were affected by them, perhaps because benefits are hard to measure or

By: Jenny Shumba, Symphorosa Rembe, Goje Pumla   Abstract This paper sought to explore parental perception on ECD provisioning at early childhood centres. The key questions asked were: What are the perceptions of parents on the role of ECD centres? What are the perceptions of parents regarding participation in ECDC Activities? Four parents, two from

  By:  Simangele Mabena   This article will explore an innovative way in which Visual Theatre can be used to overcome educational barriers. This is accomplished by establishing access to literacy and quality education for Deaf children. According to the Deaf Federation of South Africa, one out of three Deaf people are functionally illiterate. To

Abstract   The aim of this study was to determine the influence of school readiness on school performance in Grade 1 and Grade 7 with specific reference to Home Language and Numeracy. The empirical study was conducted by means of quantitative research, specifically a longitudinal panel study. Through a purposive method of sampling, one school

Abstract The acquisition of reading skills of 100 monolingual English and 100 bilingual Zulu-English third-grade learners was investigated by measuring their phonological- and reading skills. Little research exists on how the presence of a spoken-only Zulu (L1) could influence the English (L2) reading acquisition process. PA tasks were correlated with reading measures in English as

From smart phones to tablets, from Mxit to Facebook to Twitter to Pinterest- mobile technology is rapidly transforming the way we live, study, play and communicate.   Mobile education provides unparalleled access to information, raising the quality of education and enhancing learning outcomes worldwide. Mobile Education or ‘mEducation’ is defined as any technology-enabled learning solution that allows learners to access educational

By: World Health Organisation   Executive Summary Young children are dependent on the care they receive from others. In this sense, there is no such thing as a baby on its own. There is always a baby in the care of someone. All the child’s physical and psychological needs must be met by one or

By: Michelle Neuman and Amanda Devercelli   In recent years, increasing priority has been placed on the development of national intersectoral early childhood development (ECD) policies in Sub-Saharan Africa. This paper reviews the role of national ECD policies to promote young children’s access to key early childhood services. We discuss the proliferation of national ECD


By: Shelley O’Carroll Wordworks   Abstract: This paper explores one aspect of early literacy development in a low socio-economic context in South Africa. Assessments conducted with a sample of children from two disadvantaged communities in Cape Town indicated that in this context, almost half of the learners entering Grade One were unable to recognise any