68% of kids under 4 not in child centres

2012-02-02 21:34
Johannesburg - About 68% of children aged 4 and below do not go to early childhood development (ECD) centres, a new study has shown.

Gauteng was the province with the highest number of children (43%) attending such centres in 2010, according to the SA Institute of Race Relations' (SAIRR) latest SA Survey.

The Western Cape followed with 39%, SAIRR researcher Jonathan Snyman said in a statement on Thursday.

The Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal registered the lowest attendance figures of 20 and 25% respectively.

Centres include crèches, playgroups, nursery schools, and pre-primary schools.

"Access to ECD centres is critically important to aiding a child’s social and mental development and also helps them to prepare for foundation phase education," said Snyman.

Figures varied across race groups. The survey found that 55% of white children attended development centres, 37% of Indian children, 31% of black children, and 27% of coloured children.

The findings were based on data supplied by Statistics SA.

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