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Public urged to report unregistered creches

The Western Cape Social Development Department is investigating the death of 11-month-old Israel Williams who died at an unregistered creche in Hout Bay last week.

Picture: Pixabay.com

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Social Development Department has urged the public to report unregistered Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres.

The department is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 11-month-old Israel Williams who died at an unregistered creche in Hangberg, Hout Bay last week.

Meanwhile, the department is also appealing a High Court ruling that found it liable for the death of five-month-old Ava Barley, who died at an unregistered creche in Pinelands in 2010.

In both cases, the facilities had been in the process of getting registered.

The Western Cape Social Development Department is the registering authority in getting Early Childhood Development Centres on par with the requirements as set out in the Children’s Act.

The department’s Sihle Ngobese says there are an estimated 1,800 unregistered facilities across the province that are working with officials.

He adds that the department relies heavily on the public to come forward in reporting unregistered ECD facilities.

“So, we can make contact and begin the process of registration or ultimately if they’re non-compliant and don’t seek to comply, to shut them down.”

The City of Cape Town also helps ECD centres to meet the requirements in several ways like providing first aid training.

The city says it has assisted 268 unregistered facilities with registration in the past financial year.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)