Crèche wins national award

2016-05-19 06:00
The SA ECD Awards, awarded R30 000 to Loerieheuwel Crèche principal Yoliswa Mengu upon being named the overall winner in the Early Childhood Development Centre category.                PhotoS: MONIQUE BASSON

The SA ECD Awards, awarded R30 000 to Loerieheuwel Crèche principal Yoliswa Mengu upon being named the overall winner in the Early Childhood Development Centre category. PhotoS: MONIQUE BASSON

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LOERIEHEUWEL Crèche has been named the best Early Childhood Development Centre in South Africa at a pre-stigious event earlier this month.

The South African Early Childhood Development (SA ECD) Awards, now in their twelve year, awarded R30 000 to Loerieheuwel Crèche principal Yoliswa Mengu upon being named the overall winner in the Early Childhood Development Centre category at a gala dinner held in Cape Town on May 4. The Crèche triumphed over 34 fina-lists from all nine provinces.

The National Development Agency (NDA), an agency of the Department of Social Development, championed the awards for the second time after taking over the hosting of the awards from ABSA. The awards are hosted in partnership with the Department of Social Development, SASSA, Department of Basic Education and Health, the South African Congress for ECD and UNICEF.

The awards seek to develop and empower the early childhood development (ECD) sector by recognising excellence, innovation, best practice, dedication and participation throughout South Africa. The awards aim to promote the ECD sector and emphasise the importance of investing in early learning.

“This award shows that we are hard workers and passionate about what we do,” says Mengu. “We want to thank the community, parents and stakeholders for all their support during the year. Without them this success will not have been possible.”

According to an overjoyed Mengu, the prize money will be used towards the improvement of the crèche. First on their list is the erection of partitions in order for each teacher to have her own space.

Mengu says the crèche first opened its doors in 1990 by the former principal Francis Bexter. When she retired in March 2013, Mengu who started as a cook in April 2002, took over the reigns. Mengu completed her early childhood development training in 2007 and graduated with a level 4 and 5 diploma. “Baxter moulded me to be a better person and a better practitioner,” says Mengu.

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