Chief Child Care Manager
Our History & Profile
St Monica's Child and Youth Care Centre which is situated in the heart of the Bluff area, Kwa-Zulu Natal, in South Africa is a non-profit , non- government Institution belonging to the Anglican Diocese of Natal. The Centre accommodates children from the entire of Kwa-Zulu Natal who are orphaned, abandoned and found to be at risk.
In 1895, the Centre opened its doors, operating from a shack in Umgeni Road in central Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. A missionary from the Anglican Church, Miss Snell, undertook the mammoth task of providing a secure environment and a brighter future to a growing number of young girls who were abandoned by their family members and were found living on the streets.
It was named St Cyprian's Mission at the time. Canon Johnson, the Vicar of St Cyprian's between 1889 - 1902 , supported and encouraged Miss Snell, a parishioner at the same church in her missionary work.
An appeal was circulated to all churches to support this worthy cause and as time passed, support in cash and kind flowed into the shelter. Over the years, the name was changed several times until St. Monicas Children's Home was decided upon and remained for several years until most recently when it was amended to St. Monicas Child and Youth Care Centre in accordance with the prescribed legislation of our country.
When the shelter at Umgeni Road could no longer accommodate the growing numbers of girls, the facility relocated to another area and continued to move until the present site was purchased in 1973.
The Institution is registered to accommodate 84 children and youth. The ages of the children range from 3 to 18 years for girls and 3 to 12 years for boys. Our secondary service is aimed at providing a range of non-residential services for children and families to improve their quality of life in order to minimize the need for residential care.
They reside in cozy cottages that resemble an actual Home environment with a trained Child and youth care worker. In the boys cottage however, there are 2 child care workers per shift to manage the demanding and strenuous task of working with little boys.
At the Home, we strive to ensure a nurturing and protected environment for our children. They are accommodated in 6 cottages up to a maximum of 15 children per cottage resembling a large family setting. Child Care Staff are employed to care for the children and work on a shift basis in the cottages. They supervise and guide the children in all aspects of their lives and work developmentally in the life space of the child.
Every child attends either a nursery, play, or mainstream school in the area to ensure that their educational needs are met. A structured homework programme is in place daily from 16:00 until 17:15pm.
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