About The Conference

The 4th Annual ECD & Basic Education Conference 2024 takes a cross-sector approach and is relevant for many professionals working with children from birth to 12 years including early childhood educators, healthcare professionals, child protection professionals, family support workers, child and family counsellors, community workers and program managers to engage in work and dialogue to impact the futures of young children.

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

In addition to presentations of research and development projects about ESD, and in digital competence, in the early years, there will be study visits to preschools and modern primary schools. The theme will be, “Sustainability from the start: Innovations, Connections, Inspirations,” and will highlight the creativity of early childhood professionals through innovations in programming and management.

Sustainability from the start

The 4th Annual ECD & Basic Education Conference 2024 will bring together teachers, researchers, student teachers and policy makers with a genuine interest in Quality Early Childhood Education and Care and in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Early Childhood.

The event is an exciting opportunity for early years practitioners to improve their understanding and skills in supporting the development of the most disadvantaged children between the ages of 0 – 12.

Who Should Attend?

  • Principals/Headmasters/Headmistresses
  • Head of Departments
  • Instructional technologists
  • Educators/Teachers/Sub-Teachers
  • Virtual Education Specialists
  • Course designers
  • ECD Directors
  • ECD Centres Principals/Teachers
  • Grade R Coordinators
  • Intermediate Phase (Grade 4-6)
  • Primary School Education Teachers/HOD/Principals
  • Primary School Education: Foundation Phase(Grades R-3)
  • Department of Basic Education
  • Basic Education Researchers
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Education Administrators
  • Blended Education Specialists
  • Government Education Personnel
  • International Education Development Cooperation
  • Learning Support
  • ICT Programme Directors
  • E-Learning Specialists
  • M-Learning Specialists
  • Learning and Development Managers
  • Curriculum Designers
  • Education Policy Makers
  • Teachers & Instructors
  • Technology and Service Providers
  • e-Learning Software Providers
  • Consultants
  • Health Professionals
  • Vertical Companies/Organisations
  • Parents/Guardians
  • Journalists/Writers/Authors
  • Network Providers
  • Coding & Robotics Professionals
  • School District Administrators
  • School Governing Bodies
  • Foundations
  • Oversight and Monitoring Officials
  • Banks
  • Insurance
  • Corporates
  • NGO’s
  • Trust Funds
  • Social Workers
  • Advocacy

Themes & Topics:


  • Evolution of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Policy in South Africa: Legislative Processes and Reforms for Children Ages 0–12
  • Thinking Slow: Taking the longer view about young children, early childhood education and the planet
  • Advancing Education for Sustainable Development for All: The Contribution from the Early Years
  • Study visits to preschools and ECD settings
  • Digital technologies for children with disabilities
  • Innovative pedagogy of subject-matter teaching and learning skills
  • Curriculum design, innovation, and enhanced learning
  • Sensitivity to students with special needs
  • PANEL : Comparison of Child Education in Different Countries
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • “What IF we could have our own curriculum”: possibilities of having a reflexive curriculum developed
  • Centering child and educator wellbeing in evaluations of early years leadership development
  • Layers of exclusion: Developing nature engaging and enhancing pedagogies with infants and toddlers
  • Identifying and overcoming barriers to Outdoor Learning
  • How do (or can) Early Childhood Education and Care practitioners promote young children’s health?
  • Playtime with Books: Transforming Effective Early Educational Interventions for Virtual Delivery
  • Pedagogical reconnections: Past, present and future
  • Funding and publishing the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Visual and performing arts
  • Integrating technology effectively
  • Designing effective instruction
  • Special needs education
  • Bullying Prevention and Awareness
  • Digital Divide and Technological Exclusion
  • Game-based Learning and Gamification
  • Blended Learning and Flipped Classroom
  • Impact of AI on Education
  • Educational/Serious Games and Software
  • Educational Programming & Robotics
  • Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Conference Themes

  1. Early childhood education and care for sustainability – play, teaching, learning and development
  2. Conditions for research in ECD: theory, methodology and ethics
  3. Quality aspects of organising for ECD – place, space, and time
  4. Children’s health and well-being, education for peace
  5. Technology in the classroom
4th Annual ECD & Basic Education Conference 2024

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