oa Journal of Education - Ten years of early childhood development: a case study of Little Elephant Training Centre for Early Education

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-479X



The last decade has seen considerable changes in the field of Early Childhood Development (ECD). This paper focuses on change within and around a single ECD training organisation, Little Elephant Training Centre for Early Education (LETCEE). Established in 1991 in Greytown, LETCEE started as a pre-school, took on training for ECD educators, and later worked in ECD as an aspect of community development. LETCEE has been shaped by the increasing formalization and regulation of the field, on the one hand, and its evolving understanding of ECD as a part of community development, on the other. This historical case study explores LETCEE as a unique organisation with its own contextually specific history, and as a microcosm of the evolving ECD field. It draws attention to the critically important but neglected area of Early Childhood Development within South African educational research.

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