Greener Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3 (7), pp. 297-300, September 2013
Manuscript Number: 070113698
Short-Changing the System: Putting Young Children’s
Health on the Blocks
Lecturer, Great Zimbabwe University, Department of Educational Foundations, Ecd Section.
Email: ndhlulad @ gmail.com
This study set out to
investigate whether preschools in one mining town in the
Midlands Province of Zimbabwe are complying with the health
and safety standards stipulated in the Zimbabwe Public
Health Act 15:09(1996). A qualitative research paradigm was
adopted for the study. Observation was opted for as the
major data gathering method. The research study revealed
that preschools did not have enough space, had few toilets
in relation to children’s enrolments and had hazardous
playgrounds and equipment. The researcher concluded that
although some preschools strived to offer services and
maintain health and safety standards, the standards were far
from being developmentally appropriate and led to low
quality childcare. It is recommended that there should be a
national audit of all preschools to ascertain levels of
compliance and advise accordingly.
Keywords: Health, Safety, Early Childhood Development, Preschools, Complying.
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