Fun day for children

Children from Barcelona informal settlement with CECD staff and volunteers in the story room of the Cape Town Museum of Childhood.

The Centre for Early Childhood Development (CECD) celebrated Universal Children’s Day on Friday November 20 with a fun day for the children it works with.

The Cape Town Museum of Childhood in Rondebosch, which falls under the centre, invited 20 children from Gugulethu’s Barcelona informal settlement to be part of the fun.

The children are part of the centre’s family outreach programme, which promotes early learning and care within the home.

At the museum, the children took part in arts and crafts, listened to stories, played and ate hamburgers for lunch.

Chanel Fredericks, the museum’s programme manager, said: “Today is all about celebrating children, showing them that we care, that they are important and special to us.”

CECD assistant Lisa Jurgens helped the children with arts and crafts and said for many of them it was their first visit to the museum.

The CECD also held Universal Child Day celebrations on the same day with Mountain View Daycare and Jabulani Day-Care in Westlake.

“We had the College of Magic giving them a magic show and we dropped off party packs there,” said CECD programme manager Michaela Ashley-Cooper.

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