Focus on safety at childcare facilities

In 2010 there were numerous cases of child deaths at unregistered daycare centres across the Cape Peninsula.

In 2010 there were numerous cases of child deaths at unregistered daycare centres across the Cape peninsula.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town's mayoral committee member for childhood development has conducted surprise visits to daycare centres as the municipality finalises the registration of all child care facilities.

In 2010, there were numerous cases of child deaths at unregistered daycare centres across the Peninsula.

These facilities are required to be aware of safety procedures, be familiar with fire extinguishers and have safety signage on their premises.

Owner of Zimela Educare daycare centre, Monica Mabuya said it is important that her facility is registered and that her staff is properly trained.

"You must have people that are trained for first aid. Kids play and get hurt," she said.

Childhood development's Beverly Cortje-Alcock confirmed during her surprise visits were not meant to clamp down on child minders.

"Our goal is not to shut people down. The goal is to find the gaps, figure out the needs. We let the minders know the guidelines so we can help them."

The city wants to complete the registration phase by the end of July.