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Social franchising for early childhood development … insights into good practice, key themes and areas of emerging concensus

The DG Murray Trust, South Africa in partnership with other donors recently launched the Social Franchising for Early Childhood Development (ECD) project. The project aims to reach large numbers of children by increasing access to early learning opportunities through informal playgroups, and improving the quality of existing early learning provision by training and supporting unregistered child-minders at municipal level. This will be supported by a national awareness campaign that drives improved home learning environments and early learning programme participation and initiation.

Partly to inform the project design, a literature review was commissioned on research relating to early learning programmes and parenting interventions. The review offers signposts and insights into good practice, key themes and areas of emerging consensus.Earlier this year, DGMT also published a special issue of the Hands-on Learning Publication in which explored approaches, opportunities and lessons for scaling-up ECD provision in South Africa.