Ilifa Labantwana | Early Childhood Development
Ilifa Labantwana | Early Childhood Development

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Biological risks and toxic stress in the first 1000 days

April 8, 2014

Adverse experiences during the first 1000 days of a child’s life can have enormous and long-lasting effects which impair the child’s adult potential and ultimately contribute to ongoing inequality in South Africa, according to neurobiological research into the impact of socio-emotional experiences on the developing brain. This important area of research is introduced in two […]

ECD NPO training sector: Opportunities and risks

April 7, 2014

A ‘window of opportunity’ exists for the renewed development and scaling-up of ECD in South Africa, but this will require the harnessing of all resources. This survey of NPOs offering ECD training services for children aged 0 – 4, commissioned by Ilifa, provides much-needed information on the size, scope, capacity and geographic distribution of ECD […]

ECD Site Upgrading: Report on Findings – By Rowland Watermeyer Architect

March 16, 2014

Greater awareness about what quality ECD services are or should be has led to an increasing recognition of the importance of the design and layout of physical environments where very young children are cared for, play and learn. However, recommendations for the architectural upgrading of ECD spaces need to be considered and understood contextually. As […]

A Quantum Leap – Ilifa Labantwana Phase I 2009–2013

March 15, 2014

From the inception of the Sobambisana Initiative, a
project of the DG Murray Trust, in 2007, to the end of Phase I of its programme in 2013, the Ilifa Labantwana story is one of rapid growth, testament to the urgency with which all stakeholders view the development of effective ECD services in South Africa.  The Sobambisana […]

Philani: Paraprofessional Home Visiting to improve Pregnant Mother and Infant Outcomes in South Africa

March 14, 2014

The Philani Project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable pregnant mothers and infants from low-income households, through a strategy of home visits by specially trained paraprofessional “mentor mothers”. Collaborators: Professor Mark Tomlinson (Stellenbosch University, South Africa); Dr Ingrid le Roux (Philani, South Africa); Professor Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus (University of California, Los Angeles, […]


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