Safe and Sustainable Early Childhood Care

An aid project by “South African Education and Environment Project” (K. McIntosh) in Cape Town, South Africa

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K. McIntosh (Project Manager)

K. McIntosh
SAEP's Early Childhood Development Programme works to improve the overall well-being of pre-school children living in Cape Town's poorest communities by assisting in the development of locally managed non-profit pre-schools and enabling them to provide quality child care and education services.

DID YOU KNOW: In the communities served by SAEP, with a population of approximately half a million, nearly 94% of children are not receiving any pre-school education. Most children do not receive adequate medical and nutritional care, or access to a safe, healthy space for learning and development. Strong early childhood development institutions are key to breaking this cycle by providing children with a healthy, nourishing environment in which to grow and learn.

WHAT WE DO:

1. Provide for the children’s basic needs through physical improvements of centres, ensuring there is adequate space, proper sanitation and protection from the natural elements, in addition to the provision of nutritious daily meals of e-pap (a nutritionally fortified porridge). Donations of toys, educational equipment and materials are also sought and distributed.

2. Enable the empowerment and capacity building of centre staff to allow the centres to reach a level of self-sustainability. This includes:
a) Assistance in NPO registration and registration with Department of Social Services and Education
b) Training to all staff in Grade R education, early childhood development, First Aid, HIV/AIDS, financial management, and fundraising

SAEP’s program has been highly successful. All original partner pre-schools are now registered ECD centers and receiving a state per-child subsidy. SAEP has also improved the quality of care and physical environments of 17 pre-schools and assisted in the complete rebuilding of four centres.

Presently, SAEP is working with 10 centres, all at various stages of development, serving over 1,000 children each year.

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Location: Cape Town, South Africa

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  • Volunteers lead a lesson at an SAEP partner centre

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  • New structure for Qhamani

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  • Qhamani Educare original structure: a one-room shack lacking electricity, running water, toilet facilities and kitchen.

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  • Sakhingomso's renovated structure, which qualifies the centre to receive government subsidies and grants

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  • Sakhingomso crèche BEFORE partnering with the ECD programme

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  • Principal Nokhaya in her newly renovated and equipped classroom

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  • Children on the streets in Philippi township.

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  • 5 year-old Somila graduates from Balabwa Educare, ready to tackle Grade 1

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  • All children in SAEP's partner creches are served a daily potion of e-pap -- a nutritionally fortified porridge that fights against malnutrition

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  • A child enjoys a nutritious and filling meal of e-pap in one of SAEP's partner centers.

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  • As part of the SAEP programme, crèche principals receive capacity-building training and assistance in the process of registering their centres for government subsidies and grants

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