South African Red Cross Society recognizes that early childhood is a crucial period for growth and longtime development in a person’s life. A majority of our children in South Africa do not access quality early childhood development programming. Thus in line with our strategy of Saving Lives and Changing Minds, SARCS Benoni strongly promotes holistic care and services for our youngest citizens. We have initiated Model Crèches and Preschools to meet the children’s physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive development areas.
In supporting young children’s development rights to protection, survival and development our crèches constitute: Safe and Secure Infrastructure, Quality age appropriate play stimulation programmes incorporating literacy, numeracy and life skills, Health, Water Sanitation Hygiene Practice, Psycho Social Support Programming, Nutrition programmes ,Access to a wide range of outdoor and indoor educational toys and equipment and Small classes.
Our daily learning programmes are outcomes based and in line with Department of Education and Department of Social Development norms and standards.
The branch also does a home based care, this is based on the development of a care plan for each client in terms of their level of need and disease process. The emphasis is placed on empowering clients and families to become knowledgeable and self-sufficient in the management of their disease process. Home Based Care volunteers, are recruited from the community and have the advantage of understanding local people who are known and trusted by the clients. Red Cross train their volunteers, who in turn educate their communities and clients.
First Aid is an essential life skill and helps young people remain safer by appreciating risk and being able to help each other if they are involved in a medical emergency.
To enable people to be competent in first aid SARCS offers a First Aid Skills Program which enables the learners to demonstrate an understanding of elementary scene management, demonstrate an understanding of elementary anatomy and physiology, assess an emergency situation, apply First Aid procedures to a life-threatening situation and treat common injuries. This enables learners to perform CPU during medical emergency. This program is are accredited by HWSETA.
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