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Family Sports Day

The community of Louwville recently gathered at the local sports ground for a Family Sports Day on Saturday 5 May.

The children from Louwville, Witteklip and George Kerridge took part.

The children, aged 3 and 6, participated in a “fun run”, during which their parents and various relatives supported and cheered from the stands.

Lucinda Faulmann of the ELRU (Early Learning Resource Unit) said the organisation had collaborated with the Louwville Early Childhood Development Forum (ECD) on the Family Sports Day, as they had both noticed a common need in the community for parent involvement. It is a challenge many ECD centres grapple with.

“ELRU has been nationally and internationally recognised for over 39 years of high-quality, high-impact service, building the foundation of early childhood development,” said Faulmann. This is achieved by providing the support needed by practitioners, caregivers and children from conception to six years to engage in a world of stimulating, safe and healthy learning experiences.

According to Faulmann, the ECD Forum was established in April 2017, and initially the forum was a cluster of centres that worked with ELRU.

The ECD members saw a big need in their community concerning the lack of parent involvement and the need to support the weaker centres with their set-ups and weekly planning, and generally to make a difference in the Louwville area.

The children who participated in the Family Sports Day came from seven ECD centres.

They were the Holy Cross Educare (Yskor-Louwville), Arend Nessie dagsorg (Yskor-Louwville), Noah’s Ark Educare (Selfbou-Louwville), Siyakhathala Educare Centre (Witteklip), Feetjieland Dagsorg (Witteklip), Little Angels Daycare (George Kerridge), Sunrise Daycare (George Kerridge), Smurfies Daycare (Louwville), Mthandeni Educare Centre (George Kerridge), Luthando Daycare (George Kerridge) and Skoenlappertjie Dagsorg (Louwville).

“The Forum members felt that their first event should be a Family Sports Day,” said Faulmann.

“They wanted to include the surrounding centres and to get the parents involved, as parent involvement is a common challenge at the ECD centres.

“By doing this, not only are they forming a sisterhood with the other centres, but getting the broader community together.

“The main goal of the Family Sports Day, was to get the parents involved with the children’s activities over the weekends and form a sisterhood with all of the centres in the community of Louwville.”

Faulmann added that the Family Sports Day was a success.

“We are aiming to have more events like this in future, to help stress the importance of parent involvement. Also to educate parents about early childhood development,” she said about their future plans.

“Our long term goal will eventually be addressing the social ills of the community.”

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