IEDF Launches the early childhood development enterprise & supplier development programme


IEDF launched its Enterprise Development program, aimed at transitioning informal and non registered Early Childhood Development Centers into formalised registered business entities.   The program was launched in all 9 Provinces across South Africa.

“If we are to break the cycle of poverty, we need to educate the children of the poor.” – President Cyril Ramaphosa, SoNA 2018


Each day, approximately 32’000 ECD centers  provide education, care and well being to more than 2.5 million children in South Africa.  73% of these children were being educated in unregistered / informal ECD Centers.

More than 95% of all ECD centers in South Africa are privately owned, by woman, and employ over 90% of woman into the sector as early childhood development practitioners.  It is thus a shocking fact, that government has not made a more concerted effort in supporting informal ECD centers in formalising, by providing the necessary funding, training and support to this majority woman owned businesses sector, responsible for the future performance of our country.


To actively combat this negative situation , the IEDF has secured funding from various partners, and has launched the Enterprise Development Program in the ECD Sector.


All ECD institutions are strongly encouraged to contact the IEDF office, and to enroll in this program, aimed at growing their businesses.  Business owners will get training, skills development and access to funding amongst other fantastic benefits.


David Venter, The Chairperson of the IEDF , further eluded “Apart from ECD facilities providing a safe and nurturing environment for children, ECD facilities play a significant role in preparing a child to thrive in primary and higher education.  A better equipped ECD sector will result in a reduced drop out rate of youth from school.  Most of these young people end up in the informal economy, as they are unable to find formal employment.  The work we are doing today, will bear fruit in the next 10 to 15 years. when these young children become productive adults and contribute positively to the GDP of our country.”


For any further information please contact IEDF on 074 5522 891 , 087094 3501  or




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