The ward 79 Early Childhood Development sector benefited from a week-long training, on the National Curriculum Framework for children from birth to four years, last week. The training was facilitated from Monday 25 to Friday 29 June, with all participants receiving a certificate and educational resources on completion.This project was funded by the ward allocation aimed at empowering teachers in the field to provide the children in the facilities with development that is on par with national level. “It is long gone where ECD facilities are daycare centres without a curriculum. Children in Mitchell’s Plain coming from our centres must be able to compete with any other child on a developmentally appropriate level,” says ward 79 councillor Solomon Philander.“What our children learn today will contribute to their growth and development throughout their life. “The teachers should be able to assess the children earlier and identify learning areas for the child, and together with the parents assist the learner.“During the evaluation, educators were extremely positive as this participatory learning benefits the participants.”He adds the participants felt they could take the techniques back to their ECD centres, teach children through play and identify the development and growth of the children. All ECD representatives received the National Curriculum Framework manual. “As a ward councillor I hope that the tools given to the ECD centres benefit them but more so get the child school-ready. The intention is clear that our primary schools get a child who is able to cope with the school curriculum once they start school,” says Philander.The participating ECD centres from ward 79 were Smith Educare, Metropolitan Educare, Ebenezer, Beacon Valley Educare, Janine’s Educare, Spine Educare, Ring a Rozy Daycare, Mizpah Educare, Montossori Base Educare, Beaconridge Daycare, Val’s Educare and Mitchell’s Plain Educare.“I am looking forward to an ECD sector that can help children to develop to their full potential. As a community agent this will contribute to redress and more so reduce the social inequality,” says Philander.