South Africa’s 2030 Strategy for Early Childhood Development Programmes

March 2023 – South Africa’s National Department of Basic Education published its National Development Plan 2030. The purpose of the 2030 Strategy for ECD Programmes is to provide a road map towards the goal of providing universal access to early childhood development by 2030, including two years of quality preschool. These are ambitious goals, and their achievement will depend on new models of co-operation, collaboration and co-ordination, not only across departments and spheres of government, but also with the ECD sector, social partners, business and donors – and just as importantly, with families and communities. The 2030 Plan provides the basis for a new social compact between all ECD role-players, in order that effort and resources are aligned behind a common strategy.