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Early Childhood Development centres step up to the plate to ensure child safety<p>​</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:433px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure>The Emergency Planning workshops aim to explore, through participation, the priority risks and hazards that ECDs face on a daily basis. This will then form the foundation from which each individual ECD’s emergency plan will be developed. </span><p>‘These workshops have been designed to increase awareness of the importance of disaster risk planning for ECDs in case of fire, flooding or any other incident that has the potential to compromise the safety of the children in their care. It is only once you start unpacking the potential risks that you realise just how much could possibly go wrong, which is why it is so important to be prepared. The safety of children will always be a priority, given their vulnerability in instances of preventable disasters,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:433px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>Practitioners from Early Childhood Development centres in Langa, Houtbay, the Atlantic Seaboard, Maitland and Kensington are being trained in the following areas:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Understanding of disaster risk management concepts</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Hazard mapping </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Hazard identification and ranking prioritisation</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Summarising a risk profile</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Extinguishing methods</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Creating an evacuation plan</div></li></ul><p>‘It is no secret that compliance in the ECD sector is fraught with challenges. They are required, by national legislation, to meet health and safety standards and to comply with building regulations before they can even consider applying for registration with the provincial government. However, even after registration, there is a responsibility on ECDs to ensure that they have emergency plans in place and that they are prepared to deal with natural or man-made disasters. That is why this training with the Disaster Risk Management centre is so crucial. It is like insurance – you may never need it, but having it brings peace of mind,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p>On completion of the workshop, ECD practitioners will receive a certificate of attendance, a fire blanket and a fire extinguisher.</p><p>End<br></p>​​</span><p> </p>2018-07-14T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#67a38274-6eb4-4def-a739-b18585ff953d;L0|#067a38274-6eb4-4def-a739-b18585ff953d|early chidhood development centre;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#2ed2e328-76fa-47cf-96c1-0c869efb561b;L0|#02ed2e328-76fa-47cf-96c1-0c869efb561b|Disaster Risk Management;GP0|#b35f3050-912a-47d6-ae51-883999916a58;L0|#0b35f3050-912a-47d6-ae51-883999916a58|Langa1

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