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National Integrated Early Childhood Development Policy 2015

Republic of South Africa; UNICEF & Department of Social Development Country Resources Child and Youth General Policies, Laws, Strategies & Plans, Service Standards South Africa 9 December 2015 Policy document

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This National Integrated Early Childhood Development Policy is aimed at transforming early childhood development service delivery in South Africa, in particular to address critical gaps and to ensure the provision of a comprehensive, universally available and equitable early childhood development services.
The Policy covers the period from conception until the year before children enter formal school or, in the case of children with developmental difficulties and disabilities, until the year before the calendar year they turn seven (7), which marks the age of compulsory schooling or special education.
The purpose of this Policy is: (1) To provide an overarching multi-sectoral enabling framework of early childhood development services, inclusive of national, provincial and local spheres of government; (2) To define a national comprehensive early childhood development programme and support, with identified essential components; (3) To identify the relevant role players and their roles and responsibilities for the provision of the various components of early childhood development services; and (4) To establish national integrated early childhood development leadership and coordinating structure.


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