18 Nov 2016

Making SmartStart count

Making SmartStart count

We know how important the first 5 years of a child’s life is. That is why SmartStart aims to increase access to early learning opportunities for children aged 3 and 4 years old in order to ensure a better future for more of South Africa's children. 

But how do we find the children? To make the most impact we need to make sure we establish our SmartStart programmes in areas where there are many children, but few ECD services currently available. 

One of our franchisors, Lima Rural Development Foundation, has been making use of the Wazi Maps tool to target their programme more effectively. Liz Brouckaert (from Lima) is using the data from Wazi-map (wazimap-ecd.code4sa.org) to make detailed spreadsheets (which she calls ‘Kiddie Finders’!) to collate per ward data such as: 

  • Number of children aged 3-5 years; 
  • Number of children aged 3-5 years in ECD Centres; 
  • Number of ECD centres (including the percentage of registered ECD centres or conditionally registered ECD centres etc). 

Although the data still has some gaps, it provides an important starting point to better target where to establish SmartStart programmes which could have the greatest impact. Well done Liz and the Lima team for helping give more children who need it, a Smart Start! 

Get involved! Find out more

To find out more about SmartStart and how you can get involved, contact the SmartStart office on 010 595 3902 or email us at hello@smartstart.org.za.