There are 1.3 million children in South Africa aged 4-5 years. Approximately 72% (±930,000) attend some kind of Early Learning Programme (ELP). The Thrive by Five Index 2021 is the first (baseline) in a series of surveys that will monitor trends over time in the proportion of 4- to 5-year-old children attending ELPs who are On Track for their age in key areas of development. This is the largest survey of preschool child outcomes ever attempted in South Africa. The Index was initiated by First National Bank and Innovation Edge, in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and ECD Measure. The Thrive by Five Index provides population-level data on how well preschool children in South Africa (aged 50- 59 months) are doing in three key developmental domains which are known to be associated with longer-term outcomes: Early Learning, Physical Growth and SocialEmotional Functioning.

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Quotes from participants in our recent workshop. ‘What has changed since you joined A+ training?’

  • My thoughts have changed.
  • I have build more confidence and, I started to believe in myself.
  • It gave me the spirit that I can be a teacher to the children and loving one another.
  • I am a better person.

There is a lot I have learnt because when starting here I didn’t know a thing.

  • I have learned so many things that I never could have thought of.
  •  I have learned a lot and have also learned to give children opportunities to be
  • Positief te dink (Think positively).
  • My critical thinking evolved and expanded.
  • Jy kom leeg en jy gaan weg altyd vol (You come empty and you always go away


A+ encourages teachers to actively engage children in learning through movement and play. Faith in Action Educare is playing a fun game that teaches the children about space and position, listening and following instructions, and co-operation.

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