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The Conference
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College of Cape Town
Crawford Campus
174 Kromboom Road, Crawford, Cape Town

The Conference
Effective ECD programmes
Bridging the divide for quality ECD (policy, research and practice)
ECD leadership and management
ECD causes and calls for action

The Centre for Early Childhood Development (CECD) in partnership with the College of Cape Town (CCT), Crawford Campus and the South African Research Association for Early Childhood Education (SARAECE) is hosting our national ‘Quality Early Childhood Development in South Africa: A Call to Action’ Conference. The conference will take place from 27 - 29 September 2023 in Cape Town. This conference aims to connect stakeholders, share knowledge and information, inspire engagement and act for quality ECD in South Africa.


This conference is limited to 200 delegates.

We are inviting ECD principals and teachers, ECD activists, NPOs, TVET colleges, academics, researchers, education department officials and staff, as well as donors, to attend and to contribute.


The conference will cover the following themes:

Conference Details

Date: 27-29 September 2023

Venue: College of Cape Town, Crawford Campus
174 Kromboom Road,

Crawford, Cape Town

Please click                        to see a map to the venue.



Conference fees:

Early bird registration: R2,500 (deadline: 30 June 2023)

Full registration: R3,000 (deadline: 13 September 2023)

ECD centre practitioners: R2,200

Students: R2,000

SARAECE members: R2,200




Conference fees payment:

Once you have submitted your registration form, you will be sent an invoice. Please do not deposit fees into the bank account without first completing a registration form and receiving an invoice.



To register, please click on the button below:

Conference Details
Call for Exhibitions

Meet some of our presenters

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Prof. Nuraan Davids

Professor of Philosophy of Education

Stellenbosch University

Dr. Sigamoney Naicker

WCED: Chief Director Inclusive Education

Prof. Hasina Ebrahim

UNESCO Co-chair in EECD & UNISA: Department of ECE Professor

Tracey Chambers


CEO and Co-Founder

Ntjantja Ned

Hollard Foundation Trust: CEO

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Dr. Xolisa Guzula

Senior Lecturer in Applied Language and Literacy Studies
University of Cape Town

Linda Biersteker

ECD Specialist and Researcher

Dr Janeli Kotze

Sonja Giese

Acting Director for Early Childhood Development: Department of Basic Education

Executive Director and Founder:

Dr. Nicholas Dowdall

Programme Specialist: The LEGO Foundation

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Mmatsetshweu Ruby Motaung

Director: Training & Resources in Early Education

Elisabeth van Wyk

Founding Director:
 The Helix Collective

Yusrah Ehrenreich

Advocacy & Social Justice Manager: Centre for Early Childhood Development

Theodora Lutuli

Principal & Director: Khanyisa Nursery and Inkwenkwezi Educare

Call for Presentations

Call for Presentations

The conference calls for presentations that align with the themes of effective ECD programmes, bridging the divide for quality ECD (policy, research and practice), ECD leadership and management, and ECD causes and calls for action.


Instructions to those who wish to present at the conference:

Individuals wishing to present at the conference can do so in three ways:

  1. You can submit an abstract to present during a breakaway session on one of the themes;

  2. Submit a synopsis to take part in our ‘Khawuleza’ event;

  3. You can submit for both! 

Our ‘Khawuleza’ event (meaning “Go quick!” in isiXhosa), taking place on day 1 of the conference includes ten presentations of six minutes each. This event is a good way to showcase the work you do and other initiatives, in a fun and lively manner.


ECD issues which could highlight the themes include the following examples:

  • Advocacy and social justice 

  • Registration processes for ECD & partial care facilities

  • ECD funding

  • Best practices in ECD

  • Monitoring and evaluation

  • Curriculum

  • Policy, legislation, research and practice 

  • Governance (for example the shift from Department of Social Development to Department of Basic Education)

  • Leadership and management of ECD centre and organisations

  • Fathers and family involvement


Presentation submission deadline: 10 July 2023

To submit your abstract or synopsis, please click on the button below:

Submissions are now closed
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The Organisers
The Organisers
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The Centre for Early Childhood Development is a non-profit organisation committed to putting young children first by ensuring quality early childhood development for our country’s youngest citizens.


We provide training, resources and support in the field of early childhood development, enhancing individual and organisation capacity; we develop and disseminate resources; and we carry out research specifically related to the African context.

Our Partners

South African Research Association for Early Childhood Education (SARAECE) is a research association that promotes research and research development in the field of early childhood education (ECE), including teacher education and development for ECE. Research is aimed at providing improved teacher education and training in higher education institutions as well as providing mentorship, support and guidance to teachers and practitioners in the field of early childhood development.

The College of Cape Town is the oldest Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College under the auspices of 

the Department of Higher Education & Training – and is one of the largest in South Africa. The College of Cape Town provides a range of quality vocational education and training programmes, and works hard at creating an environment that is conducive to learning, offering facilities that are world class and easily accessible.

Pos Conference

Post Conference

Please visit the website after the conference has happened. We will
upload photographs, presentations and the delegate list.

Message by the Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town

City of Cape Town's Executive Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis recorded a wonderful welcome speech for all delegates at our conference, "Quality Early Childhood Development in South Africa: A Call to Action". If you are interested in knowing how the mayor of Cape Town views ECD - this is definitely worth watching! 

Contact Us

Get in touch with us to learn more about the conference and if you have any queries.

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