ERIC Number: ED432404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Development Policy for Beginners. Booklet 1.
National Educare Forum, Cape Town (South Africa).
The goal of this booklet is to provide stakeholders in South Africa's early childhood development (ECD) system with information about the government's Reception Year Pilot Project and to help them understand ECD as part of a wider education and training policy. The booklet is divided into two sections. Section 1 describes the Reception Year Pilot Project and discusses how young children, the people who care for them, and organizations working in ECD can become involved in the project. (The "reception year" is defined as the first year of formal schooling.) Issues addressed in the first section include implementation of the reception year and distribution of project funds in five areas: (1) subsidies for community-based ECD services; (2) contracts for ECD training organizations; (3) accreditation of ECD practitioners working in the services that are involved in the project; (4) development of the interim policy for ECD into a final policy; and (5) a publicity and information campaign. Section 2 provides a bigger picture of policy development for national education and training, introducing the National Qualifications Framework and explaining how ECD fits into that framework. Information in both sections is presented as a discussion between a person from the National Educare Forum (producers of the booklet) and a group of parents and ECD practitioners. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Educare Forum, Cape Town (South Africa).
Identifiers - Location: South Africa