Gauteng social development lodges urgent application to force closure of 'unregistered' Alex crèche

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The Gauteng Department of Social Development lodged an urgent application to close a daycare centre in Johannesburg.
The Gauteng Department of Social Development lodged an urgent application to close a daycare centre in Johannesburg.
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  • The Gauteng Department of Social Development has lodged an urgent application to close a daycare centre in Johannesburg.
  • The centre is allegedly unregistered and hiring unvetted staff.
  • The department claims the school refused to close despite it ordering a letter of enforcement in April.

The Gauteng Department of Social Development is lodging an urgent application to ensure the closure of an early childhood development (ECD) centre in Alexandra, Johannesburg.

The department said in a statement its move was in response to the refusal of the daycare centre, expressed through their lawyers, to close down.

On 9 April, the department issued a letter of enforcement for the closure of the ECD centre.

The centre has been accused of operating without registration and hiring staff not vetted against the Child Protection Register. The school also allegedly has an inadequate number of staff to look after the children.

Gauteng Department of Social Development spokesperson Feziwe Ndwayana said:

The department maintains that the closure of the [ECD centre] is critical as it contravenes the Children's Act.

The daycare centre was instructed to stop operating and close within 10 days.

"Within the 10 days, the department held consultations with parents that have children attending (the centre) to inform them about the decision the department took to close the ECD centre and also for placement of children in alternative ECD centres in the area," Ndwayana said.

The order of closure came amid a programme to "address the crisis of unregistered ECD centres in the province".

"The department appeals to parents and caregivers to identify suitable ECD centres before placement of their children. Parents and caregivers or any member of the public can contact the nearest offices of the department to ascertain if the ECD (centre) is registered or not," Ndwayana said.

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