A new classroom will help this centre which focuses on special needs specific educational and developmental support services for children
Location: Retreat, Western Cape
About: The Included Early Intervention Centre was launched on 4 May 2021 and aims to tend to the needs of autistic children, children born with foetal alcohol syndrome disorder, and other learners with ASD. It focuses on special needs specific educational and developmental support services for children between the ages of 2 to 7 years. Monitoring each child’s individual progress is essential to ensure that all the children progress successfully. The pre-school provides educational services for children from previously disadvantaged areas that are unable to afford these services. Terri Stevens, the co-founder of the centre says: “It is an ECD for special needs learners, specialising in autism. So we take children that normal crèches don’t take or the ones who can’t deal with special needs – the children that are normally just put in the corner and don’t engage in activities with the others. She says that the waiting list of children who are yet to be placed and assessed in specialised schools in the southern suburbs alone is at 800 minimum.”
Challenge: The centre currently has a wooden structure and although the age groups are separated, the structure is too small to accommodate all 30 children. They desperately need another classroom to give the facilitators and children adequate space to achieve their learning and developmental outcomes.
The need: Breadline Africa recommends a 2 x 6m converted container classroom, which will assist the pre-school with the spatial challenges it currently faces and allow them to continue providing educational support to the children in this community.
Beneficiaries: 30 children aged 3 to 7