ECD Compliance Made Easy.

ECD Compliance Made Easy draws inspiration from a private sector approach to ensuring business compliance with operational laws. Core to this investment is an assessment app that helps Environmental Health Practitioners to navigate the ECD centre assessment process simply and easily.

The need

The process of assessing and supporting South African ECD centres to ensure compliance with government frameworks is fraught with challenges. There are currently an estimated 40 000 ECD centres across the country. Less than half of these have valid registration status. If ECD centres aren’t registered with the Department of Social Development, they are unable to access much-needed government funding.

The registration process is a lengthy one and requires, among other things, that centres meet government norms and standards for health and safety. Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) play a key role in this particular assessment process, but they are regularly faced with a challenging dilemma – they cannot approve registration of sites that don’t comply with health and safety standards; but without approval these centres will be unable to access the government subsidy they need in order to upgrade their facilities to meet the standards.

Many EHPs are left feeling understandably helpless and frustrated.

The innovation

Drawing inspiration from private sector approaches to ensuring compliance with operational laws, a tech-enabled toolkit helps EHPs navigate the ECD centre assessment process.

The toolkit, in the form on an app, distills complex health and safety legislation into a simple mobile checklist for use by EHPs during their assessment of an ECD centre. In addition to providing easily understandable information, it also provides guidance on addressing non-compliance. It does this by sharing insights and info on practical innovations that have been tried and tested by other ECD centres.

The tool, endorsed by the national EHP professional body, enables practitioners to pivot their services from a punitive assessment approach towards one orientated around continuous improvement.

STATUS: In Proof of Concept phase

Key insights

When planning the pathway to scale for this innovation, it was clear that integration into government systems for ECD assessment and registration was key.

Both the feasibility and  proof of concept phases for this investment have been designed to include extensive consultation and testing with relevant government departments and their implementation partners.

The project team

Content partner: Standards & Legal is committed to taking the stress out of legal requirements and management obligations so that organisations can move beyond compliance and build strategically and sustainably.

Tech partner: AppShed has created a free online app-creation tool where anyone can design and publish mobile apps for iOS, Android and web.

Last updated 6 April 2018