A registered early childhood development facility ensures that my child has access to:
A Safe and secure environment: A registered Early Childhood Development Facility should be in a safe, clean and well looked-after building, with constant adult supervision.
A Registered Learning programme: Early Childhood Development Facilities must have structured and developmental stage appropriate programmes for different age groups. These must encourage development through self-discovery, communication and sensory skills, along with promotion of self-control and independence.
Qualified Early Childhood Development Facility principals: It is ideal to have properly qualified Early Childhood Development Facility practitioners or principals at your child’s Early Childhood Development Facility.
Nutrition: Registered ECD facilities must provide healthy meals for the different age groups.
Play: All children must have access to creative play at their Early Childhood Development Facility/ Early Childhood Development Facility as they learn through play.
Enough space and ventilation: the Early Childhood Development Facility must have enough ventilation and light.
Safe drinking water: safe and clean drinking water must always be available.
Clean and adequate toilet facilities: toddlers must have access to potties, toilets and washbasins and children over the age of 3 years must be able to reach the washbasins and toilets. Every child under 3 years must have his or her own potty. There must be adult supervision at all times when children use the toilet.
Food prepared in a hygienic area: the food preparation area must be separate, clean and safe for food preparation.
Measures for the separation of children of different age groups: where possible children must be separated into age groups i.e. 18 months and younger; 18 to 36 months; 3 and 4 years; 5 to 6 years. Children of school-going age must be kept separate from the other children.
Emergency action plan: reasonable precautions to protect children from fire, accidents and other hazards must be taken. Emergency procedures with relevant contact details must be visibly displayed. Children must be made aware of emergency procedures.
Policies and procedures regarding health care at the partial care facility: these processes involve dealing with the medical needs of sick children and children with chronic illnesses.
The content on this page was last updated on 25 July 2018