Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programme

It just makes sense when two organisations doing good join forces to benefit the community – especially when it comes to the development of our young children.

So it was a positive moment when Flower Valley Conservation Trust partnered with the Grootbos Foundation, to support young children in the community of Masakhane in Gansbaai.

Flower Valley’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programme works with five ECD centres across the Overstrand region. Two of these centres are based in Masakhane: Good Hope and Takalane.

The Grootbos Foundation and Flower Valley will work together to support the administrative, management and governance aspects of the centres. Flower Valley will continue with the learning programme and curriculum support.

Flower Valley’s ECD programme also provides support to children in Buffeljagsbaai, Pearly Beach and to the centre on Flower Valley Farm, reaching about 160 children up to the age of 6. Through a home-based care programme, fieldworkers also visit families in Pearly Beach/Eluxolweni and Baardskeerdersbos, to give support and tools to parents and children here.

According to Flower Valley’s ECD Programme Coordinator, Gabbi Cook, “We are very optimistic and thankful to the Grootbos Foundation for joining hands with us – together we are better; together we are strong. To make real impact, solid and caring partnerships are essential. ”