The Social Development department has extended Friday’s deadline for the application of the COVID-related Early Childhood Development or ECD Employment Stimulus Relief Fund to the 26th of February.
The department has received just over 16 000 applications with more than 74 500 early childhood development employees registered so far.
Extending the application date comes after the COVID-19 People’s Coalition for Early Childhood Development and the Basic Education Working Group called on government to extend the deadline and to remove all bureaucratic challenges.
According to thr social Manager for Early Childhood Development, Mpho Papale says ECD employees have experienced difficulties in applying for the funding.
“So, in order for us to be on time and to make sure that we pay them by the end of March, we looked at extending for a week. So that it can give us a chance to make payments and also to process in terms of the verifications and also to make sure that by the end of this financial year, we have paid the ECD services that qualified in terms of the application.”
The department has arranged for over 100 Non Government Organisations and 200 Harambee youth to help with the ECD applications across the country.