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Educ. Sci. 2018, 8(3), 117; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci8030117

Provision of Integrated Early Childhood Development in Namibia: Are We on the Right Track?

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Social Science Division, Multi-disciplinary Research Center, University of Namibia, Windhoek 12007, Namibia
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Department of Mathematics, Science and Sport Education, Faculty of Education, Windhoek Campus, University of Namibia, Windhoek 12007, Namibia
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Received: 20 June 2018 / Revised: 31 July 2018 / Accepted: 1 August 2018 / Published: 7 August 2018
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The provision of Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) positively impacts children’s futures physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially. The assessment sought to inform intervention programs to improve the status of children’s physical, social-emotional, cognitive and educational needs, as well as their health and nutritional needs. A mixed method approach was used to collect data: a survey and multiple case studies through interviews with 32 caregivers were conducted and focus group discussions were held with community members. The findings show that the Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers lacked the essential prerequisites for the provision of quality IECD education as per the requirements stipulated in the Adapted Theory of Change (ATC). The study recommends formation of smart partnerships in providing integrated childhood development services at ECD centers to meet their health, sanitation, nutritional, physical, socio-emotional and cognitive needs. View Full-Text
Keywords: Early Childhood Development (ECD); Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA); Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) Adapted Theory of Change Early Childhood Development (ECD); Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA); Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) Adapted Theory of Change
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Ngololo Kamara, E.; Kasanda, C.; Van Rooy, G. Provision of Integrated Early Childhood Development in Namibia: Are We on the Right Track? Educ. Sci. 2018, 8, 117.

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