Information session for local early childhood centres

2018-03-15 06:01

An information session to shed light on early childhood development centres and the process of registration as well as the norms and standards that these centres need to comply with, will be held at the Uitenhage Town Hall.

It is being hosted by the Uitenhage office of the Eastern Cape Department of Social Development.

“We call on all organisations providing day care services to children (partial care) or early childhood development services in the Uitenhage and Despatch areas to attend the workshop,” said Carren Brandt, Social Worker: Uitenhage Service Office.

“ECDs who are not registered with the Department of Social Development and the municipality may sometimes pose a risk to the children they have in their care.”

Partial care, according to Section 76 of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005, is a service that is provided when a person takes care of more than six children on behalf of their parents; or care-givers during specific hours of the day or night; or for a temporary period, by agreement between the parents or care-givers and the provider of the service.

An ECD need to be registered with the provincial government of the province where it is situated. It also must be managed and maintained in accordance with any conditions subject to which the centre is registered. And it needs to comply with the prescribed national norms and standards.

The information sharing session is scheduled to take place on Monday, March 19th from 10:00 at the Uitenhage Town Hall.

Any individual who is currently operating an ECD centre or those who wish to register such a centre are called to attend the session.

  • For more information visit the Uitenhage Department of Social Development at 1 Bidwell Street, or contact Mrs F. Godoma 041 995 3214 or Mrs C. Brandt 041 995 3220.

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