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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 09:13

Improving Early Childhood Development Centres in informal settlements

AS A CARING City, eThekwini Municipality has identified over 1 100 children from 14 identified Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres will benefit from an initiative to structurally improve these centres.

 

The Head of Human Settlements, Beryl Mphakathi, will coordinate this project for informal settlements and under serviced communities, as per the tabling of a report at a Full Council meeting on 1 August.

The report grants authority to Mphakathi, to coordinate the ECD infrastructure support projects for informal settlements and other under services communities as part of the City’s Informal Settlements Upgrade Programme, Incremental Services Programme and Integrated Residential Development Programme.

Authority was also granted to the Head of Safer Cities, Martin Xaba, to facilitate the engagement with the Department of Social Development and Non-Governmental Organisations to improve access to ECD services for vulnerable children within informal settlements and under serviced communities to help with crime prevention by reducing the exposure of young children to harmful influences and the development of dysfunctional behavioural patterns.

Environmental Health Practitioners from the City’s Health Department will perform the usual environment health functions including inspecting centres as part of their duties.

R400 000 has been allocated for an ECD survey and infrastructure planning in priority informal settlements.

The report further stated that additional ECD infrastructure funding will be sought from other sources such as the departments of Social Development and Human Settlements among others.

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