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Early Learning Service Organisation (ELSO)

ELSO provides training and support to informal crèche personnel in order to capacitate teachers and assists with infrastructure development of early childhood development centers (ECD’s) to enable them to qualify for registration with the Department of Social Development thereby giving children hope for a better and brighter future.





Protecting children - and ensuring they have a bright future

Never in the history of our country have children been so vulnerable to abuse of all kinds – much of it beyond belief, in communities where poverty, violence, disease, hunger and depravity are rife.

The premature loss of innocence and the likelihood of a future life of crime and hopelessness underscore the importance of organisations providing Early Childhood Development services. Not only do they step in to provide a safe and stimulating environment for the little ones, they also assume responsibility for educating parents, helping them to gain parenting skills and restore family life.

Mission - To give every child a fair start in life

The challenge is to break the cycle of poverty. If parents are poor, they are unlikely to be able to provide the nutrition, environment and education needed to give their child a better life. It is vital to identify and support these children at risk. Quality pre-schools is one of the most effective means of doing this.  Assessments can be made and teachers can intervene positively in the child’s life. Having a child safely in school by day can free parents to pursue adult education courses and employment to improve the socio-economic status of their families and community.

The ‘whole’ of an Early Childhood Development (ECD) service to the community is much greater than the sum of its parts: it is not just education in a classroom; it is not just clinic visits or just meals: it strives to give a child the wherewithal to develop its full potential.

ELSO provides support and training to informal crèches in impoverished communities. The programme has been in operation since 1982 and works with approximately 30 schools each year. Every year at least 2000 children from 0-6 years benefit from quality early childhood development in order to have an equal chance at success in later schooling and reach their full potential. No child is turned away because their parents can't afford to pay the fees. 

Funds are needed to:

  • train staff;
  • assist with subsidy and government registration;
  • upgrade facilities
  • provide equipment, educational aids, clothes and food
  • monitor and evaluate

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