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Children's Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005)

Chapter 6 : Early Childhood Development

91. Early childhood development


(1) Early childhood development, for the purposes of this Act, means the process of emotional, cognitive, sensory, spiritual, moral, physical, social and communication development of children from birth to school-going age.


(2) Early childhood development services means services—
(a) intended to promote early childhood development; and
(b) provided by a person, other than a child's parent or caregiver, on a regular basis to children up to school-going age.


(3) An early childhood development programme means a programme structured within an early childhood development service to provide learning and support appropriate to the child's developmental age and stage.