Caring for other peoples’ children five days a week, week after week, is not a career for the faint-hearted. But for Florence Gqoboka, caring for the most vulnerable individuals of our society comes naturally.
While early childhood development centres are being told they must do better, in line with regulatory changes, whether resources are available or not. The pressure is coming from a number of different directions, making the task of looking after 60 children, from 7am right through to 6pm, a whole lot tougher.
The community of Khayelitsha is a deeply divided and unsettled one; not easy to navigate, particularly when the majority of the parents are not be able to afford the monthly childcare fee. Florence has had to toughen up, thicken her skin and devise new approaches, making radical changes to ensure efficient delivery of her service, while ensuring that her children are kept in a safe and secure educational environment, despite the odds. Failure is definitely not an option for her.