First-aid training for crèche teachers

2015-07-29 06:00
At the first-aid course (from left) Debbie West (ProHas), with crèche teachers Thobeka Kanyile, Mkhize Duduzile, Thobile Mhlongo,  Nomawethu Khumalo, (Umbumbulu Crèche Association chairperson), Sindy Khanyile (ProHas) and Jennie Heesen (ProHas). 

At the first-aid course (from left) Debbie West (ProHas), with crèche teachers Thobeka Kanyile, Mkhize Duduzile, Thobile Mhlongo, Nomawethu Khumalo, (Umbumbulu Crèche Association chairperson), Sindy Khanyile (ProHas) and Jennie Heesen (ProHas). Ph

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AS part of their social corporate investment, health and safety company, ProHas recently trained 14 crèche teachers in first aid at a reduced rate. The teachers benefitted greatly, saying they did not know how to help people in an emergency before attending the course.

“Because we have high community awareness, it has been shocking to find out that no first-aid training has been required for teachers at crèches in the surrounding area. “Having been approached by the chairperson from ECD Forum Umbhumbulu to train on their behalf recently, we thought of a way to offer first aid and fire fighting awareness training at a reduced cost,” Debbie West from ProHas said.

ProHas opened its doors in January 2010 and owners Mike and Jennie Heesen have a combined 30 years’ experience in the industry. A sideline of the business is a project called “Step up” where they take people out of hopeless situations and assist them to find employment and address social issues, and most of its employees are products of the project.

West said it is their hope, as a company, to keep on moving forward and reach as many people as possible through training for the business sector as well as through corporate social investment. The first-aid course is 18 hours as indicated by law. “The course consists of both theoretical and practical components and we make sure attendees know and fully understand the content. Attendees are assessed and if they do not understand, we will go through the work again,” West said.

She said there is also a need to equip crèches with first aid boxes and fire extinguishers. “In a community where people have the right equipment they are able to cope.”

The company is building a database of crèches and will do refresher courses as the need arises.

“I feel capable that I would be able to help someone in an emergency,” said Thobeka Kanyile and Mkhize Duduzile.

“I have learnt a lot concerning the treatment I have to use when someone is injured or sick,” Thobile Mhlongo said.

“I have learnt many things when you work with children and that we were doing things wrong. For instance, if a child falls from a jungle gym, one should not put them on a stretcher straight away and not give them Panado,” said Nomawethu Khumalo, the Umbumbulu Crèche Association chairperson

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