16 October 2020 - NW2066
Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Social Development
(1)Whether her department has done any study on the total number of unregistered early childhood development (ECD) centres in the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what is the total number of ECD centres; (2) Whatsteps will she take to ensure that unregistered ECD centres adhere to Covid-19 requirements for social distancing?
1. Yes , the total number of unregistered ECD centres identified is50 118; and 1041 non centre based programmes.
2. ECD centres will submit self-administered re-opening assessment accompanied by an application for support. Application must be verified by the department or appointed NGO/ECD forums/community network (NGO partner) available in the community. The SOPs prescribes 1.5m social distancing measures which both registered and unregistered ECD centres should adhere to as one of the COVID 19 requirements.ECD programmes are encouraged to put measures in place to adhere to social distancing.
National AssemblyWritten Reply: 2066 of 2020
Approved by the Minister of Social Development