The key focus of our Results Oriented Nutrition Programme is to assist ECDs to develop their facility sufficiently to qualify for registration with the Department of Social Development, meeting all the legislative requirements of the Children’s Act. The programme does not foster dependency but empowers the ECDs which secures their sustainability.
An ECD is assessed according to its developmental stage, as well as its food needs and current income from fees. From this assessment SHN SA agrees to supply the ECD between 2 to 5 meals per learner per week for a period of six months. Typically, these ECDs will not yet have met the requirements of the Children’s Act to qualify for government grants. The ECDs are identified in partnership with the Donor, local government and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in the ECD field.
SHN SA guides the ECD in designing a development plan. Key to developing compliant ECDs is infrastructural and educational needs that focus on providing learners with a safe, hygienic and a productive environment. Examples of results that are achieved are; the purchasing of a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, installing toilets, purchasing teaching equipment, and the training of educators. The savings accumulated by the ECD is made available because their expenditure on food reduces. These savings are redirected to achieve registration requirements.