R3 mln to build seven crèches

2015-08-11 10:08

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NEARLY R3 million has been set aside in a pledge to build seven crèches in seven of the local municipalities under the uMgungundlovu District Municipality.

In partnership with the Pietermaritzburg and District Community Chest and Divine Life Society of South Africa, the organisations proposed that the crèches should be built in “poor and needy areas” within each municipality.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela was asked to identify the area in the municipality and it was decided that a R428 000 crèche will be built near the uMsilinga Primary School in Ward 30 in Msunduzi Municipality.

Construction was set to begin on August 1 and to be completed by November 30.

Director of Community Chest Michael Deegan said the programme seeks to address the serious problem in Early Childhood Development (ECD) that the province is currently facing.

“A child’s brain must be nurtured and nourished because by the time the child is five 85% of their brain is already developed. We aim to make the crèches centres of excellence and train teachers in ECD,” he said.

Crèche leaders will be trained to NQF level five, crèches will be furnished with necessary teaching equipment and operation costs will be covered until the crèche is able to sustain itself in the long-term. Each crèche will facilitate the employment of about six to 10 caregivers and allow for about 60 to 80 children to be cared for.

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