City breaking new ground for new ECDs

2015-09-22 06:00
Mayco Member Suzette Little is flanked by councillors Raelene Arendse and
 Phindile Maxiti.

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Mayco Member Suzette Little is flanked by councillors Raelene Arendse and Phindile Maxiti. PHOTO: City of Cape town

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Ground breaking on three Early Childhood development centres (ECD) has started.

The City of Cape Town formally signalled the start of its latest Early Childhood development centre of excellence construction project with a sod-turning ceremony on Thursday 17 September.

The Nantes Centre of Excellence in Athlone is one of three ECD construction projects starting in the current financial year with construction due to begin in the last week of September.

An initial capital outlay of just over R2,8 million has been budgeted for the work in this cycle, with the total budget for the project set at R7,8 million.

The anticipated date of completion for the construction project is July 2016. The centre will be able to accommodate approximately 120 children.

The City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate has constructed a number of ECD Centres of Excellence in recent years – some on its own and others in partnership with private entities.

Areas of construction have included Strandfontein, Ocean View, Fisantekraal, Elsies River and Netreg.

“Our construction efforts have been guided by a study we commissioned in 2009 to identify areas of need for early childhood development,” said Suzette Little, mayco member for social development and early childhood development.

“We have another centre earmarked for Delft in this financial year as well as the construction of the Netreg ECD that is currently underway. Private donors are also constructing two ECDs in Masiphumelele. The infrastructure is owned by the City but leased to private operators to run ECDs.”

In addition to providing ECD infrastructure, the directorate also assists ECDs to become compliant in terms of health, fire safety and planning regulations. Other assistance includes training for ECD staff in terms of learning outcomes, but also child safety through accredited first-aid training, and the provision of learning materials and fire safety equipment

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