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The vision is access to a high quality, inter-sectoral, holistic and integrated ECD system for all children from birth to six. 


The promotion of an enabling environment through: 

-Participation in policy development 

-Monitoring implementation 

-Ensuring ECD quality practices

-Mobilising resources 

-Disseminating information 



-Compliance with government requirements 

-Training and capacity building programmes

since 1994

About Us

The South African Congress for ECD (SACECD) is the representative national mass-based, not-for-profit early childhood development (ECD) organisation in South Africa. 

The organization represents the interests of over 6 million young children (birth to six years old), ECD workers and the ECD sector in general.The organization operates out of a national office based in Pretoria and is represented by Provincial Executive Committee's (PECs) in all nine provinces.The organisation was launched at a national conference during 23-25 March 1994 in Port Elizabeth. It is governed by a National Executive Committee that comprises seven office bearers who are elected at a general meeting held every second year. The office bearers appoint a Chief Executive Officer who manages a staff. 

This historic launch was a result of a four-year long process of intensive organizing, mobilising and unifying of the ECD sector. As a result, the two national organizations representing the ECD sector (viz. The National Interim Working Committees (NIWC) on ECD and the South African Association for Early Childhood Educare (SAAECE) dissolved in favor of the united SA Congress for ECD.

The launching conference was one of the most representative ever held, with the participation of over 350 delegates from all over South Africa.The birth of the South African Congress for ECD was in itself part of the broad thrust for democratic transformation and reconstruction of the South African Society. In the Sector now known to be the early childhood development sector, the birth of the SA Congress for ECD signalled the initiation of an institution of a new type, within a Sector mission and mandate to "unite, mobilise, organise and democratise.


Monthly ECD Newsletter

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Historical achievements

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Training and Skills Development
ECD Centre Development Project
ECD Awards
Lobbying and Advocacy
ECD Provident Fund

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Financial Support

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International Relations

-South African ECD representative body in OMEP

-International Forum for Child Welfare (IFCW)

National Relations

  -Member of the Schooling and ECD Chamber in the ETDP SETA lobbying for the development of qualifications for ECD Practitioners working with children birth to four years 
-ETDP SETA Board member for 2019 till 2020
-Member of the Inter-sectoral Committee in the Department of Social Development working towards the implementation of the new ECD Policy   
-Member of the Advisory Council for Children within the Presidency
-Founding member of the South African ECD Awards

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