According to BusinessTech, The Department of Social Development has clarified that South Africa’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres will remain closed until a future date, to be determined by the minister.
This means that while nursery schools and ECDs that are affiliated to schools can return from 6 July – as per the Department of Basic Education’s directives, other private centres which fall under the ambit of the Department of Social Development have no set opening date.
These ECD centres include private nursery schools, day cares, playgroups, childminders, toy libraries and other early school groups.
While no date has yet been set for these centres to re-open, the department says that preparations can start to get underway.
“Staff, including managers, early childhood development educators, early childhood development practitioners, administrative and other support staff, either full time or part-time involved in the operations of the early childhood development programme and/or partial care facility, may return to their workplace, subject to measures and conditions as set out in the (health and safety guidelines),” the department said.
The department will also require these centres to complete a pre-opening self-assessment form if they plan to reopen under the duration of the state of disaster.