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Project information

Caring for Crèches

There are hundreds of informal, non-registered crèches in South Africa looking after thousands of highly vulnerable small children in both rural and urban areas. Our intention is to expand our Caring for Crèches programme by training 100 more crèche leaders to recognise and act on suspected abuse

September 2010 - October 2011

Charity information: The Infant Trust

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  • Need


    The appalling levels of abuse of thousand of small children all over South Africa


    We know from recent Caring for Crèches programmes delivered by Childline SA, our local partner in this, that for every crèche leader we train the learner will identify and report the abuse of at least 4 small children, and have an impact on the lives of 100's more. Since 2008 we've trained over 550 people and over 2000 abused little children are now receiving formal professional help as a result.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To identify seriously abused small children through the effective training of crèche leaders


    » Deliver a tried and tested and evaluated training programme through our partners Childline SA.
    » Visit the crèches in the programme 3-6 months post-training to reinforce the messages and changes being made.

    What success will look like

    Success will be through monitoring the levels of abuse reported to Childline SA

    Aim 2

    To get prof. help for abused small children through the effective training of crèche leaders


    » Make sure that through the training the leaders can recognise abuse, talk to the children appropriately and take action.
    » Ensure that through the training the leaders can identify the appropriate professional agency for referral.

    What success will look like

    Success will be revisiting the crèches and checking they still have all ther relevant and up-to-date referral points

  • Impact


    There are many positive changes that come over the crèches for the children post-training. The changes are very apparent on re-visiting the crèche.


    The main risks are about the identification of so many abused children that the professional services become overloaded - this could result in a real disenchantment of crèches, families and children. Childline are working on this potential problem.


    We have an agreement with all our training partners that they will report on activity and stories every 4 months. In addition someone from the infant trust visits all projects every 4 months

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 Training materials Education materials, training manuals and toy bags for 100 people
      £9,400 Staff costs Trainers fee, hire of venues, meals for learners and trainer + accommodation costs for trainer
      £1,100 Preparation and evaluation Organising all the courses for a year, then collating and reporting on all the courses one by one
      £1,800 Crèche visits Visits before and after the courses to follow-up and provide encouragement and support
      £1,200 UK monitoring visits three visits during the year to meet with Childline, the trainer and many creches
  • Background


    Limpopo Province in the north of South Africa


    The immediate beneficiaries will be100 people working in 50 informal crèches in and around Polokwane the provincial capital. An estimated 2,500 children will the main beneficiaries. It is an area poverty stricken, full of many social problems and the route for many economic and health migrants. It is estimated that in Limpopo there are more children under the age of 16 years than adults due to the impact of HIV/AIDS

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only UK based charity that is working exclusively to protect small children in South Africa. Caring for Crèches is a joint venture between us and Childline SA and is tried, tested and highly evaluated - more over we have many children now in care or receiving treatment that would otherwise be continuing to suffer.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Priscilla Moloudzi

    The Head of Childline, Limpopo, South Africa

    Lesley Rudd

    Chief Executive, the infant trust working with Childline