On 7 and 8 October 2020, Department of Social Development (DSD) Minister Lindiwe Zulu and eight MECs are to appear in the High Court for their role in the near collapse of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) sector.

In a survey of 8,500 ECD providers in April 2020, 99% of providers reported that caregivers had stopped paying school fees on which ECD providers depend due to the lockdown. Most ECD providers in South Africa are situated in vulnerable communities and are not eligible for income protection programmes such as the Temporary Employment Relief Scheme.

We Speak to ECD Practitioner Eric Atmore to understand more.

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