‘En­sure crèche safety’

Ekurhu­leni urges par­ents to en­sure that ECDs are equipped to care for their kids

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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.

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