ECDs registered in ongoing drive

2016-05-03 06:00

More than 60 Early Childhood Development centres in Mitchell’s Plain have heeded the call to register with government.

On Thursday 21 April the City of Cape Town held a registration drive and open day at Lentegeur Civic Centre.

Mayco member for social development and early childhood development, Suzette Little, explains the aim of this initiative is to bring together all of the relevant government departments.

“[The open day brings together] relevant City line departments and Western Cape Government’s Department of Social Development to one service point to share information on the ECD registration procedures and requirements,” says Little.

Several other open days will be held throughout the city in the next financial year as the need arises.

“Mitchell’s Plain was identified as having a need for an open day of this nature. The law requires that ECD centres which accommodate more than six children must be registered with the Western Cape Government Department of Social Development,” says Little.

As part of the registration process, local government assists ECD centres by issuing clearance certificates, namely land use compliance and building plan approvals, fire and safety clearance, as well as environmental health clearance certificates.

A direct benefit for a registered ECD centre – in the low economic index area – is an opportunity to receive a government subsidy in order to run ECD programmes in a sustainable manner.

In turn children are able to access good quality ECD services which nurture their development.

If you missed the event, there is still an opportunity to register your organisation.

“All unregistered ECD centres who missed the registration drive are encouraged to contact or visit the Western Cape Government’s Department of Social Development or the City’s social development and early childhood development directorate district office for advice,” she says.

“The work of assisting unregistered ECD centres has no set deadline as it is ongoing. The ECD open day events are intended to complement this ongoing work.”

V Visit the offices or call Andile Wotshela programme manager for the City’s ECD Programme on 021 417 4088.

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