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ERIC Number: EJ922724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Practices of Early Childhood Development Practitioners for Poor and Vulnerable Children from Birth to Four Years in South Africa
Ebrahim, Hasina Banu; Killian, Bev; Rule, Peter
Early Child Development and Care, v181 n3 p387-396 2011
This article explores the practices undertaken by early childhood development practitioners (ECDPs) to support poor and vulnerable children from birth to four years outside centre-based provision. The article draws on part of a UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Fund) commissioned evaluation on family and community-based ECD (Early Childhood Development) programme in the Free State Province of South Africa. The respondents in the study were ECDPs, managers and participants in community projects. The data were produced through interviews, focus group interviews, site visits and document analysis. The findings suggest that ECDPs play an enabling and facilitating role through multiple practices to reach young children and their families both in their immediate and broader environments. Challenges emerge from a lack of recognition of ECDPs as public service workers and contextual factors in poor and vulnerable circumstances. The article concludes with policy implications.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa