‘Ensure crèche safety’
Ekurhuleni urges parents to ensure that ECDs are equipped to care for their kids
PARENTS have been urged to ensure that their child’s crèche is fully equipped to take care of them.
The city of Ekurhuleni says registration with the relevant authority ensures that an early childhood development (ECD) facility is capable of providing proper care.
According to reports, about 80% of young children in South Africa do not have access to out-of-home educational care leading up to their first year in school due to social inequality and poverty.
In creating a city fit for children, Ekurhuleni’s social development health practitioners have assisted about 300 funded and unfunded ECD facilities to be properly registered.
Children who attend crèche become socialised at an earlier age and better aware of etiquette at an early age.
They are taught discipline and responsibility at a tender age, which is vital for their success in future.
This as experts have found that children who are exposed to early childhood development receive instruction and interpret requests more easily
A registered facility is confirmed by a registration certificate, which parents must ask to see before they enrol their children. There are two types of registrations, with different certificates. The first certificate is the ECD partial care facility registration certificate and the second is the ECD learning programme.
“The partial care certificate confirms that the registered facility is in a safe environment that is clean and operating in a well looked after building, with constant adult supervision,” city of Ekurhuleni spokesperson Themba Gadebe said.
“The certificate may be a conditional registration for centres that are in the process of development. Full registration is for facilities that meet all the required standards set by the social development division. The ECD learning programme certificate is for the programme that is offered by the facility.”
The city has developed guidelines for all registered ECD facilities which include ensuring that the facility employs properly qualified ECD practitioners or principals, the school menu provides nutritious meals for the different age groups, all children have access to a creative play area at their ECD partial care facility as they learn through play, the facility complies with all the bylaw requirements set by the city planning and health departments and the facility must deliver an approved learning programme.
“Despite the fact that a facility may have attained certificates confirming their registration, regular visits to the facilities are done by social workers and environmental health practitioners to assess whether the facility maintains the norms and standards of a conducive learning environment.
“The consequences of operating an unregistered ECD is that the facility may be shut down,” Gadebe said.
About the registration of an ECD facility, one may call the city’s health and social development departments on 011 999 6678 for assistance.
HIGH STANDARD: Ekurhuleni’s Themba Gadebe says the partial care certificate confirms that the registered facility is in a safe and secure environment that is clean and operating in a well kept building.