Why is early childhood learning is important?

According to World Health Organisation (WHO) early childhood development is considered to have a significant impact on a child’s development. It determines the quality of health, well-being, learning and behaviour across the life span.

Parenting expert Nikki Bush has spent a lot of time in both government and private schools. She says appreciation for how children learn and developmental needs are solely lacking from government, parents as well as teachers.

Nobody understands the nuts and bolts of how children learn in the early years… they don’t put emphasis or have an appreciation for early learning.

Nikki Bush - Parenting expert

According to Bush most children don't have a structured pre-school learning that prepares them for Grade R. This puts their young minds under pressure, she says.

The foundation phase lasts through to the age of nine. Early childhood development is what happens in those pre-school years right up to Grade R. This covers the stimulation when we have our children at home as well as what happens at day care and pre-school.

Nikki Bush - Parenting expert

What teachers need to do to inspire children to learn?

  • Blend learning and playing – make education fun
  • Children need repetition
  • Allow children to speak their mind
  • Listen to what they have to say – give full attention
  • Recognize and reward achievement

For an economy to grow and in order to change poor matric results, we need to start at the beginning of the educational cycle, says Bush. Strong academic foundations needs to be created long before children enter the formal schooling system, she says.

Listen to the full conversation on the Redi Tlhabi Show:


Read More
"We're good at creating plans, our problem is implementation" Dr. Thabi Leoka

"We're good at creating plans, our problem is implementation" Dr. Thabi Leoka

Argon Asset Management economic strategist, Dr Thabi Leoka, evaluates Cyril Ramaphosa's "The Future of the Economy" plan.

Mnangagwa vs Mugabe, distrust and political hits: roots of Zim's crisis run deep

Mnangagwa vs Mugabe, distrust and political hits: roots of Zim's crisis run deep

Historian and Zimbabwean academic Dr Miles Tendi unravels Zim's political history and the elements that led to this crisis point.

Febe Potgieter-Gqubule on pressing the reset button at the SABC

Febe Potgieter-Gqubule on pressing the reset button at the SABC

The new SABC board deputy chair chats with Eusebius McKaiser about the independence and governance of the public broadcaster.

Parental vigilance essential in averting drug-addicted kids, psychologist says

Parental vigilance essential in averting drug-addicted kids, psychologist says

Drug addiction doesn't discriminate and can affect any family. Khosi Jiyane explores difficulties parenting kids hooked on drugs.

Mugabe is the master of deception - Zim political analyst

Mugabe is the master of deception - Zim political analyst

President Mugabe has not resigned as many had hoped. Two Zimbabwean analysts weigh in on what could happen next to the president.

Technobyte: New pill records medication taken.

Technobyte: New pill records medication taken.

South Africa's latest entertainment platform called Black, swallowable medication checker, and Tesla unveils an electric truck.

Popular articles
8 things you may not know about Jacques Pauw

8 things you may not know about Jacques Pauw

We thought we'd let you in on some facts about sought after, award-winning journo Jacques Pauw, author of The President's Keepers.

UCT students invent effective shower water-capturing device

UCT students invent effective shower water-capturing device

Shower Savvy is a Jerry can look-alike that one can stand on while taking a shower which stores up to 10 litres of grey water.

The President's Keepers: PDF version is tantamount to theft - Exclusive Books

The President's Keepers: PDF version is tantamount to theft - Exclusive Books

A PDF version of the book has been doing the rounds since Sars and the State Security Agency threatened legal action.

Falling out of love? Signs and stages of romantic disengagement

Falling out of love? Signs and stages of romantic disengagement

Can you love your partner, but no longer be in love with them? Dr Eve unravels stages of disaffection in romantic relationships.

Celibacy liberated me - Amanda Ndiki

Celibacy liberated me - Amanda Ndiki

Author Amanda Ndiki, celibate for 6 years describes her journey and how celibacy helped mend her sense of self.

Investing in increasingly wealthy Mauritius (Africa’s most functional democracy)

Investing in increasingly wealthy Mauritius (Africa’s most functional democracy)

Bruce Whitfield interviews Nikiwe Bikitsha, who is on a fact-finding mission in Mauritius courtesy of Standard Bank.

'The university degree is dead'

'The university degree is dead'

Flux Trends founder Dion Chang gives five reasons why he believes getting a degree is past its sell by date.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?