Childcare centres educated on registration

2018-03-20 06:01

About seven Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in New Horizons were invited to attend a fun kiddies’ party at Pelican Park Community Hall on Wednesday.

The event, hosted by the New Horizons Neighbourhood Watch (NHNHW) in conjunction with Grassy Park police, was aimed at assisting ECDs with registration and providing them with helpful information regarding the children in their care.

Guests at the event were treated to mouth-watering foods, cakes and sweets sponsored by the event planners and local businesses in the area, and were occupied with exciting games, music and safety talks throughout the programme.

Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith of Grassy Park Police Station says the event was of great importance to the community. “A lot of the ECDs in New Horizons are not registered. Today’s event was more of us informing them on the importance of having their centres registered. Anything can happen and then they could be in big trouble. If they are not registered they are in conflict with the law. We informed them through various speakers as to how they can register and what is needed for a safe and secure centre which is hosting kids,” she says.

“We also taught the children all about safety and drilled the emergency numbers into their heads. We tried to teach them they should not be scared of the police, as many of them feel afraid of us. To add, parents are teaching kids to be afraid of police when they are naughty or so forth. They need to feel free to tell us things that are happening in households like abuse or drugs. We need them to trust us.”

Guest speakers who addressed the crowd included Layla Ryklief from New Horizons Civic Association, Grassy Park police’s Sergeant Aldridge Isaacs and Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith, Jade Baartman from NHNHW and Desire Michaels from the Department of Social Development­.

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