Early Childhood Development (ECD) is an umbrella term which applies to the processes by which babies and young children grow and thrive, physically, mentally, emotionally morally and socially. ECD is of critical importance as a fundamental pillar to the foundation for lifelong learning,
Early Childhood Development (ECD) is important because the kind of early care a child receives from parents, pre-school teachers and caregivers determines how a child learns and relates in school and life in general.
During the early stages of child development all the key elements of emotional intelligence, namely confidence, curiosity, purposefulness, self-control, connectedness, ability to communicate and co-cooperativeness is formed. Young children are capable learners and suitable educational exposure during the pre-school years can have a positive impact on formal schooling.
Providing appropriate stimulation, nutrition, care, and health services during these critical, pre-school developmental period, results in: