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What is ECD?

Early Child Development or ECD refers to the way a child grows and learns from birth to age eight; it includes many different areas such as learning to walk and talk. Did you know that the brain grows the fastest whilst in the womb and in the first few years of life.

In this time the brain becomes “wired” to enable specific abilities. Helping a child’s development during these years is critical as it sets the foundation for their future.

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Why is ECD important?

How a child develops in the early years affects their ability to reach their full potential and succeed throughout their life. The better the learning environment early on, the better the foundation for a child’s future skills building abilities. Parents and caregivers play an important role in shaping this environment by interacting with their children.

Brains are built and grow through touch, talk, sight and sound in early childhood experiences. This experiential learning starts as a baby and is strengthened through regular interaction and stimulation in the home and in quality early learning settings.  Helping a child’s development during these years is critical as it sets the foundation for their future.

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