ECD centre handover delayed

2016-10-04 06:00
The Nantes Centre of Excellence ECD centre has been completed and is earmarked to be opened in November.  PHOTO: Earl Haupt

The Nantes Centre of Excellence ECD centre has been completed and is earmarked to be opened in November. PHOTO: Earl Haupt

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The handover and subsequent opening of the Nantes Centre of Excellence has been put on ice until November.

People’s Post reported in July (“Ribbons primed for opening”, 19 July) that the construction of the building was nearing completion.

Ward 49 councillor, Rashid Adams, confirmed that the reason for the delay is because mayor Patricia de Lille wants to officiate the handover herself. “The exact date has not been determined yet, because it will be done in accordance of her diary. We are just waiting for confirmation of the date in November,” says Adams.

Another reason for the delay is in order to appoint an adequate service provider to run the centre as applications from the community have been slow to arrive.

“An advert was put out on two separate occasions. The first time, only one application was received. The second round – I am not sure of the total number that was received – was also not too many. For people to now say that there was an unfair process is not right. Fair enough time was given as we advertised it on two separate occasions. We delayed the closing date at one stage, making it more accessible for the community. That also contributed to the delay of the opening, because the whole dynamic changes. We are definitely not going to open the building if there is nobody there to run the place.”

A service provider has been approved, but Adams says the approved service provider will be announced at the next subcouncil. It is believed that the service provider is from the Bridgetown area.

However, the building of the centre itself has been completed after all of the structural snags were ironed.

“The place is beautiful,” says Adams. “I hope that it is going to be maintained and managed in the same manner. The whole idea is to provide a centre of excellence where quality education is going to be provided for our children.”

Adams explains the opportunity for the community to become involved still exists, but that it is entirely up to the individual to approach the City. “Once the service provider has officially been appointed, that service provider will tell us whether they will use their own staff or whether additional staff will be required. We would, however, recommend that if staff will be required, they look at the local community first. I cannot say what is going to happen until the service provider has been appointed tells us whether additional staff will be required or not.”

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