Early Childhood Development
‘Early childhood development (ECD)’ refers to the physical, psychological, cognitive and social development that a child experiences between birth and 9 years of age. Based on various scientific studies, we know that early childhood development plays a key role in determining whether a child will reach his or her full potential. The events that occur during the early years of childhood have a lasting impact, and will affect a child’s growth and development throughout his or her life. For this reason it is important to focus on building a strong foundation in early childhood. By providing age-appropriate tools for learning, childcare workers and parents can help children to develop to their full potential.