The South Africa Research Association for Early Childhood Education, founded in 2011, is a research association that promotes research and research development in the field of early childhood education (ECE), including teacher education and development for ECE. Research is aimed at providing improved teacher education and training as well as providing mentorship, support and guidance to teachers and practitioners in the field of ECD. SARAECE has built capacity in establishing relationships with NPOs and NGOs as well as other associated interest groups in the discipline who currently contribute substantively to the aims and benefits of the SARAECE. To find out more, please visit our website: www.saraece.org.za

The Centre for Early Childhood Development, started in 1994, is a non-profit organisation committed to putting young children first by ensuring quality early childhood development for our country’s youngest citizens. We provide training, resources, and support in the field of early childhood development, enhancing individual and organisation capacity; we develop and disseminate resources; and we carry out research specifically related to the African context. Our training includes Level 4 and Level 5 ECD qualification training; as well as a variety of ECD skills training for principals, teachers, and caregivers from under-resourced communities. To find out more, please visit our website: www.cecd.org.za

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology is a university at the heart of technology education and innovation in Africa. An internationally acclaimed institution, it is the only university of technology in the Western Cape and is the largest university in the region with an enrolment of more than 30 000 students. The university has six faculties offering a wide range of accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of Applied Sciences, Business, Education and Social Sciences, Engineering, Informatics and Design as well as Health and Wellness Sciences. To find out more, please visit our website: www.cput.ac.za/

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The “Theory of Loose Parts: An important principle for design methodology, 1972” was developed by an architect, Simon Nicholson in the 1970’s. He stated that children need loose, moveable parts to extend their imaginations and thinking: “In any environment, both the degree of inventiveness and creativity, and the possibility of discovery are directly proportional to number and kinds of variables in it.”  – A+ applies this approach as a key part of our teacher training.

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