Ravensmead Crèche is a registered non-profit Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre (NPO Nr. 102-039) located on the Cape Flats. 90% of our children come from broken and disadvantaged homes. Our crèche is a safe haven to children running daily from six in the morning to six in the evening. We also offer a Saturday morning parent-child programme to offer counselling to parents and facilitate interactive activities between parent and child.
Daily we provide two nutritional meals and two snack breaks for the children from Monday to Friday.
The crèche accommodates 80 children between the ages of 6 months to 6 years. Classes are broken down by age group from 0 to 1, 1 to 2 and so forth.
Staff are sufficiently trained and experienced in the field. Most of our teachers are qualified with a Level 5 higher certificate ECD and some of them are still training towards this.
The aftercare centre currently accommodates about 20 primary school children. With this programme, we assist with homework, reading and mathematics. We also run a holiday programme for school children from grade 1 to 3.
We have all the necessary Government compliance documents required to run an ECD centre are registered with the Western Cape Government as an official ECD facility.
Help us sustain and grow Ravensmead Crèche
For us to remain sustainable, forging partnerships with private business owners is a necessity in current economic conditions. We thus rely heavily on your support to continue running the centre and to further empower our children for a better future. Currently, we receive no financial support from local or national government.
In our community, we have very young single parents who are unemployed and many suffer from drug addiction, making financial and parent support very difficult.
For the past five years our centre has had no water or electricity and we are in need of a gas fridge and two Jo-Jo water storage tanks for water for our toilets. We currently make use of rainwater for toilet use and children bring bottled water for drinking. The centre also buys water for other cooking needs. We use cooler boxes to store daily food.
Due to these basic needs not being fulfilled, it makes it difficult to sustain ourselves and to give children the practical things they need on a daily basis like watching educational programmes. This also has an effect on our budget and planning as we cannot buy our food in bulk due to lack of refrigeration.
With the support of our donors, our goal is to become the best ECD centre in our community.
If you can assist in any way with these two basic needs this will help develop and sustain us and help our children reach their full potential.
Please feel free to contact me or visit our centre for more information.
Administrator and parent