Centre celebrates 1st birthday

2015-11-25 06:22

BETHLEHEM. – The Jabulani Day Care Centre was a hive of activity on Friday (20/11) when the kids and the teachers celebrated the first anniversary of the centre.

Jumping castles and other things that kept the kids happy, were all over the place and little ones could choose what they wanted to play with.

The fun day was wrapped up when the birthday cakes were cut and shared amongst them.

Ruth du Toit landed in Bethlehem from Bloemfontein 18 months ago. After just six months in the Dihlabeng Local Municipality, she launched a day care centre and called it Jabulani.

Jabulani started on 15 November 2014, with seven kids and five staff members.

But now, the centre is celebra-ting its first anniversary with 89 kids in total. They just added two members to the staff to make it seven.

According to Du Toit, she started the centre because she wanted to show other centres that they could do more than just teaching the kids. The can also expose them to other areas of life.

“When I arrived in Bethlehem, I felt like something new was needed in the area, especially education-wise. I wanted to show people that there are many ways of making the kids happy without asking lots of money and by so doing, giving them the education they need,” she said.

She said Jabulani is a most cost effective centre and added that they do not only teach kids in the class, but they also take them for visits to different farms, amongst other places, to come in contact with animals.

“I think it is nice for every child to see a tiger from a close range.

“We also do arts and crafts,” Du Toit explained.

She said they will be introdu-cing gr. R next year.

“Although it means taking on more esponsibility, I am looking forward to have 138 kids next year,” she said.

She said she would like to thank all the parents who have entrusted their kids to her. It serves as encouragement to work harder

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