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


This article is based on part of a Bernard Van Leer commissioned study which explored the contributions of 4 family support programmes for early childhood development in poor communities in 3 provinces in South Africa.