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Full house at the next #ECDDialogue2019 hosted by @NelsonMandela Foundation. The topic "Where does pre-grade R belong" is an important one, and will be addressed by @DBE_SA, @StatsSA as well as Dr Tshepo Motsepe, our first lady. @PresidencyZA #ECD #earlyyears
Dr Tshepo Motsepe speaks about #first1000days now, saying this stage of children's lives offer us opportunity to nuture and protect them, which is why as a nation we need to do all we can to create systems that are integrated. Now giving us successes in SA #ECD #ECDDialogue2019
@Samuels2312 is up now to explain further on behalf of @DBE_SA and @The_DSD about the function migration. She makes the point that #ECD programmes is included in the President's statement at the #SONA ie non-centre based ECD programmes.
She makes the point that there are expectations that practitioner salaries will be paid, and nutrition will be provided by @DBE_SA. But these components are unfunded currently. So this will take time to implement. #ECD #ECDDialogue2019 #earlyyears
This makes it very clear what will happen in the function shift, and follows the National Integrated #ECD Policy. #ECDDialogue2019 @Samuels2312 @DBE_SA
Did you know that there are 29 government departments implicated in the National Integrated #ECD Policy? That's a lot of coordination #ECDDialogue2019

Below are the work streams. @Samuels2312 @DBE_SA
Status quo remains until the Presidential proclamation and these other formal events. #ECD #ECDDialogue2019
@The_NECT's Duncan Hindle explaining their involvement in this process.

Time frame given by the president to @dbe is one year to finalise this transfer of function. #ECD #ECDDialogue2019
Here are the role clarifications. @The_NECT stakeholders are government, business and labour. My opinion: Critical and urgent to their dialogues must be #ECD civil society especially organisations like the National ECD Alliance and SA ECD Congress. #ECDDialogue2019
The issue of qualifications has come up in question time. The minimum standard for @DBE_SA is a Level 6 so #ECD practitioners need this in order to be employed. #ECD #ECDDialogue2019
"What does a Grade RR child need" @cotlands asked this question to some #Children. Some said milkshakes, some said cars but look at this video... #ECD #ECDDialogue2019
Dr Seble Worku from @StatsSA presenting now on their excellent #ECD Report 2016. 8.2 million #children in 2016 aged birth to six comprising 15% of the population! We cannot ignore nor neglect them!! #ECDDialogue2019 #earlyyears
One third of all children live in a home without a single employed family member. How devastating is that? @StatsSA #ECD #poverty #ECDDialogue2019 #earlyyears
49 out of 100 #children aged 3 do NOT attend any kind of #ECD programme. And it is the lowest quintiles that are most affected. This has a huge impact on many things including matric pass rate. @StatsSA #ECDDialogue2019 #earlyyears #EarlyMomentsMatter
Grade R attendance is high. We've done well here BUT we need to attend to quality. #ECD

The 2nd slide shows attendance of Grade RR. Too low. @StatsSA #ECDDialogue2019
We're hearing now from a very important constituency the #ECD Forums. They claim that #children are safer in community centres than at primary schools.

Centre owners offer employment opportunities and a caring, supportive, learning environment for children. #ECDDialogue2019
This is the #ECD Forums' final statements. Powerful plea from a powerful constituency. #ECDDialogue2019 #earlyyears
Zaheera from @IlifaLabantwana up now. She says the shift needs to be sensitive to the existing services provided by #ECD community centres.
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