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Building blocks of Early Childhood Development – essential elements

19 April 2018
12:15 - 14:00

Date: 19 April 2018    

Time: 12:15 – 14:00

Venues: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town

In November 2016 PAN Children hosted the first in a series of workshops on the centrality of bonding theory and attachment in ECD programmes. Ububele Educational and Psychotherapy Trust and Jo’Burg Child Welfare presented case studies of projects that have been implemented in Gauteng. The possible replication of these approaches in other municipal and healthcare settings will be explored.
On 19 April 2018 we will host a further seminar where Katharine Frost from Ububele will present on the theoretical underpinnings of the approach taken to further build up our understanding of these projects. South Africa’s ECD policy is progressive but there remains a gap between policy and intervention/implementation. The centrality of relationships i.e. attachments in the first 1000 days of a child’s life is acknowledged, but this knowledge needs to be translated into practice. A case example will be presented where attachment theory has been integrated into a project and where there is now some evidence to support its effectiveness.

In partnership with Ububele Educational and Psychotherapy Trust and Jo’Burg Child Welfare

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Contact : Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:

Cape Town: HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. Contact : Carmen Erasmus, Tel: (021) 466 7827, e-mail:

Durban: The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001. Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel: (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786, e-mail:

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST

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