Resourceful Young Children

Resourceful Young Children

The life-long potential of individuals depends largely on the capacities established during the first few years of life.

If young children manage to attain a critical trajectory of growth and development early on, most will stay on-course for life. That upward curve is exponential, because accumulated skills and knowledge keeps compounding the returns on investments in early childhood.[1] Those who fail to reach that trajectory tend to fall further and further behind over the course of their lives. And their children are likely to experience the same cumulative disadvantage.

If we can develop the resourcefulness of young children in South Africa over the next decade, we will likely achieve greater equality,[2] better health outcomes, better education,[4] a stronger economy and higher productivity,[5] and a better, safer society.[6] The essential capabilities of a resourceful child are emotional self-regulation and social skills, sensorimotor development, and cognitive, language, literacy and mathematics aptitudes. It sounds complex, yet it depends on the simple and fundamental inputs of love, food, safety and stimulation. You can read more about this portfolio here…


  • Models of ECD service delivery that can be replicated and taken to scale in South Africa
  • Strengthened ability of caregivers to develop and protect their children by supporting the implementation of key aspects of the Children’s Act
  • ECD programmes that systematically develop strong and sustainable nutrition-support components
  • Development of human resources for ECD
  • Show how government resources can be accessed by ECD service providers and how sustained and systematic access can be achieved

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