The global pandemic has had a dramatic impact on early childhood development (ECD) and day care centres around the country, leaving many with no income for over five months. Now that the country has moved to level two of lockdown and the centres are allowed to reopen, the biggest challenge right now comes down to navigating new health and safety protocols at the centres.

Because the centres must practice social distancing for the safety of everyone involved, they are forced to limit the number of children who are able to be present at the centres. This means the centres now face a lower income, making it more difficult to keep up with added new expenses such as the cost of masks, sanitising and signage.

During the past five years, Rays of Hope has built strong relationships with a number of care and support centres that look after children, providing educational resources, facilitating training workshops for staff that help build the centres’ capacity, implemented improvements and offered our guidance where necessary.

To help in these trying times, Rays of Hope is assisting the centres by providing cleaning materials, masks, sterilised education resources and food.  We are also providing centres with access to our resources, so that they can print and laminate the necessary signage.

If you would like to find out how you or your company can help, please email Trish Lockwood at trish@raysofhope.co.za.

The centres play a crucial role in the community, providing love, nurturing and early development to the youngest members of the community, allowing parents to go to work with the knowledge that their children are safe. 

Our formal programme, with workshops and other in-centre activities will not resume this year.  Plans are being put in place for 2021.