Early childhood encompasses the period of human development from prenatal through the transition from home or ECCD centre into the early primary grades (prenatal – 8 years of age). ECCD links the young child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical processes with the care (by families, communities and the nation) required to support their development. Framed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the ECCD field is interdisciplinary in its focus.
Early Childhood Development (ECD) is an essential component of the new global development framework. Without the best start in life for all children, there is no foundation for sustainable societies. Young children have the right beyond survival to thrive and contribute to sustainable communities and the workforce.