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City helps ECDs put safety first

Thus far, 40 Early Childhood Development centres have benefited from the fire and flood awareness training provided by the City's Disaster Risk Management Centre.

The City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management Centre played host to a group of Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre operators this weekend to talk about emergency planning.

The workshop was the latest in a series of interventions for ECDs since May and was attended by ECD operators from the Kosovo and Never-Never informal settlements in Philippi.

The sessions are designed to increase awareness about the importance of putting plans in place within ECDs to prevent fire, flooding and crime and to keep the children in their care safe. Aspects covered include onsite planning, emergency staffing, and an evacuation plan in the event of an emergency.

'The City offers a range of interventions for ECDs to ensure that these are safe and happy learning environments. Through our Social Development Department we provide training to staff and owners on running a business, but also the implementation of early learning principles. The Department also provides learning materials and first-aid kits. The Disaster Risk Management Centre in turn focuses on empowering these ECD owners to be well prepared in case of an emergency. This basket of interventions underpins the City's commitment, through the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, to build a safe and caring city by taking services directly to residents, particularly for the vulnerable among us, like our young children,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

The emergency planning workshops started in May and thus far staff from 40 ECDs in the Kuils River, Thabo Mbeki, Lower Crossroads, Marikana and Philippi areas have attended.

'The importance of this type of training cannot be overstated. In addition to having a plan and knowing what to do in case of emergency, I also want to appeal to ECDs to ensure that they do regular checks of their structures, electrical infrastructure, and fire safety equipment. We cannot put a price on child safety,' added Alderman Smith.

Source: City Of Cape Town

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