Gade said both departments had signed a memorandum of agreement in support of the process.
“Interdepartmental provincial project management teams have been established to ensure a smooth transition, including legal contracts, human resources, finances and budgets, data information, infrastructure, ECD implementation programmes, monitoring and evaluation as well as communication and stakeholder engagement.
“These teams will consistently consolidate and provide reports to the provincial cabinet and portfolio committees involved as part of monitoring this transition process.”
Speaking on behalf of parents with children in ECD centres, Vuyelwa Royi said they had been excited when they heard about the shift, but said they had concerns.
Royi said: “We trust our government as parents but these are our children we are talking about here and we can’t allow them to be moved from pillar to post without prompting questions of concern. The main thing that caused fear among parents was the lack of information because we weren’t sure about many things.
“We are happy to learn today that our children won’t be moved to the school environment but will continue in their current centres which will be under the education department.
“We are excited about the fact that our children, whether they are physically impaired or not, will get the same education that will lead them to a bright future.”