Flower Valley Conservation Trust has decided to close the doors of our Early Learning Centre on Flower Valley Farm for 2018. This decision followed much consideration and partner input and support.
A number of reasons contributed to the centre’s closure. Transport costs have risen, making the transportation of the children to the centre unfeasible. Most of the 29 children are transported daily to the farm from Gansbaai and surrounds. Flower Valley made use of a bus service for the children.
The Trust has also decided to use this opportunity to undertake internal restructuring at the centre. That includes ensuring the centre is financially secure, and that we continue to deliver a high quality service to the community.
The Flower Valley Early Childhood Development (ECD) team worked with parents, to ensure the children were placed in schools that were most suited to their needs. All the children have now been placed in alternative pre-schools.
Using the site for environmental education
In the meantime, the plan is now to use the Early Learning Centre site to host children from other centres in the ECD Programme. They will visit the farm as part of their environmental education learning.
The ELC will also be used to host workshops for practitioners. We hold regular Milkwood Learning Programme workshops with practitioners (a learning programme developed by the Flower Valley team and partners, for children aged 0-4).
Our ECD support continues
Flower Valley continues to roll out the ECD Programme – working with four centres in the Overstrand region, supporting around 180 children. Three fieldworkers also work with children in a home-based care programme. Around 80 families receive weekly support from the fieldworkers.
According to Gabrielle Jonker, the ECD Programme Coordinator, the ELC is a “very special site. The team will now, during this period, work to ensure we continue to meet our vision, a vision that has at its core the wellbeing of the young children and their families of our area.”
For further information, contact Gabrielle Jonker. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel. 028 388 0713.