ECD (Early Childhood Development) is recognised globally as the most critical building block in a child’s successful path through school and life. Investment in ECD is quite simply the most powerful investment in human capital that a country can make. Identifying crucial levers and optimising that investment to make the biggest impact is what we do best.
Women are integral to the delivery of ECD. In order to to reach more children - especially those children not currently accessing any form of quality ECD - South Africa needs more women in every corner of the country owning and running successful ECD enterprises. The KYB ECD Enterprise Incubator works together with government and ECD ecosystem partners to provide the right package to both kickstart ECD businesses as well as stabilise existing ECD businesses.
Building blocks come in all shapes and sizes, and it’s not just the colourful kind that paves the way to a child’s education. The ones that provide practitioners with safe spaces to run their ECD programmes are just as important. Government funding is available to ECD practitioners whose sites are registered and deemed safe spaces for children, but the requirements for compliance, while necessary, are costly. Private funding enables ECD practitioners to upgrade their facilities to comply with the comprehensive list of health and safety requirements, which in turn unlocks government funding and helps the ECD practitioner to build a sustainable business for themselves.
INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS to make the ECD space safe for children e.g., windows, fire extinguishers and, where applicable, testing mobile structures as ECD classrooms
SEED FUNDING to kick start new ECD enterprises e.g. start up subsidies
CAPACITATION OF ECD BUSINESSES e.g. enabling ECD enterprises to deliver quality early childhood development, such as non-centre programme package
Successful women-owned businessesdeliver quality ECD
Government is closer to theiruniversal quality access goals for ECD
Corporates earn Enterprise Development points
Have a look at what we’ve achieved to date:
120 infrastructure investments completed
460 practitioners given start-up funding
1 000 practitioners trained in early learning activities, PLUS over 1 000 play kits (working capital) distributed to new ECD practitioners
ECD (Early Childhood Development) is the portfolio of policies and programmes for children (under the age of eight years of age), their parents and caregivers. Its purpose is to protect and deliver the child’s rights to develop his or her full cognitive, emotional, social and physical potential.
Only 20% of South African children have access to ECD. The ECD ecosystem is complex so our public private partnerships are focused on unlocking and unblocking the system so that the remaining 80% of children get the early start they deserve.
Expanding access to ECD in community provides an opportunity for both woman-run businesses and the delivery of much needed ECD social services.
ECD enterprises are a fantastic opportunity for women running their own businesses and earning a salary while also providing a much needed social service for children - hitting the sweet spot of enterprise development.
The Department of Social Development per child subsidy of R15 per day, is R300 a month. On average parents in poor communities are paying fees of R150 – the addition of the subsidy allows for improved delivery of ECD such as quality and quantity of food.
For more information, contact Bianca Bozzone
or call 011.351.1551