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Conference draws early childhood practitioners<p>​'ECD centres play a profound role in not only shaping the behaviour of children, but they lay the groundwork for early education and contribute to the holistic development of young children.<span> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1425px;" /> ​​'Their emotional, social and physical development has a direct effect on their overall growth. For this reason, the need to invest in very young children is so important, so we can maximize their future well-being,' said the City's Portfolio Committee Chairperson for Community Services and Health, Councillor Ronel Viljoen.</span></p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1425px;" /> </figure>ECD practitioners plan, organise and conduct activities to help pre-primary school children develop a wide variety of skills including speech, reading, writing, motor skills and social interaction.</span><p>'They mould the behaviour of children through nurturing relationships with them. Working with children under six years of age can provide the most rewarding teaching experience because of the speed at which children acquire new abilities and their hunger for learning,' said Councillor Viljoen.</p><p>The conference had several goals:<br>• To equip ECD practitioners with the necessary skills and knowledge in order to implement effective and all-inclusive ECD learning programmes in line with national ECD norms and standards<br>• Build ECD practitioners’ capacity on topics that will aid their work<br>• To encourage development of innovative programmes in centres<br>• Create a platform for engagement on issues affecting the ECD sector</p><p>'We want to encourage practitioners to create an improved learning environment for the holistic development of all children and also encourage the development of innovative programmes,' said Councillor Viljoen.<br></p>2020-02-25T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#bcae615a-7b2e-4c4b-9487-84a5216143c9;L0|#0bcae615a-7b2e-4c4b-9487-84a5216143c9|ECD;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#0be3ce88-83c5-4029-aa71-8c670c5a47ef;L0|#00be3ce88-83c5-4029-aa71-8c670c5a47ef|social;GP0|#dd07ae52-464e-40dc-8948-07ef54bb801e;L0|#0dd07ae52-464e-40dc-8948-07ef54bb801e|development;GP0|#c9fccbde-2168-4eb1-afd3-ec64110a8709;L0|#0c9fccbde-2168-4eb1-afd3-ec64110a8709|children1


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