The Sunshine Association is a non-profit organisation committed to the development and inclusion of children with disabilities, as well as those with intellectual, developmental and physical delays, in partnership with families and communities.
Through its centres in Craighall, Eldorado Park and Elsburg (Germiston) in Gauteng, the Sunshine Association provides various early intervention projects and therapeutic services to parents and caregivers.
The organisations’s early intervention daycare programmes cater for children aged 18 months to seven years with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities and delays, along with able-bodied preschool children, as part of its inclusion programme. Class sizes are kept to a minimum, with an average of 10 children per class to ensure individual attention. The children are supplied with two nutritious meals daily. School fees are determined by the individual financial circumstances of the families, and a bursary facility is available. All classes are managed by a practitioner with at least a level 4 Early Childhood Development qualification.
A physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist and social worker provide the children with regular therapeutic assessments. The impact of the programmes is maximised through therapeutic seating and positioning aids. Furthermore, specially adapted equipment aids in the development of each child’s independence and is an integral part of the programme.