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South African Early Childhood Development Awards

The South African Early Childhood Development Awards (SAECD Awards) have been in existence since 2003.

The Awards aim to recognise excellence in the ECD sector; innovations in ECD training methods and practice; best practice; and to encourage the pursuit of excellence in the early childhood development service delivery. The Awards are championed by the National Development Agency in partnership with the South African Congress for Early Childhood Development, Department of Basic Education (DBE) and Department of Social Development (DSD) and UNICEF. 

The Awards take place on an annual basis, provincially and nationally, to recognise best practice and outstanding participation in ECD through the following six categories:

  • Best ECD Centre of the Year
  • Best ECD Practitioner of the Year
  • Best ECD Programme for babies and young children with Disabilities
  • Best ECD Trainer of the Year
  • Best Publication of the Year for babies and young children from birth to five years
  • Best ECD Non-centre based Programme of the Year

Enter Now!

Opening Date: 7 August 2015 and the deadline for submission is 30 September 2015, 14h00. (No extensions will be granted).

National Award winners stand the chance to receive monetary awards of scholarships.

Download applications here [PDF]:





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