5629 children aged 4-6 years have been educated through our Early Learning classes
3062 Grade R and 2567 Grade RR
80% School Readiness achieved since 2011.

Due to COVID19 protocols and social distancing, the number of children reached in the ECD Centres drastically dropped by half in 2020 and 2021.

Early Learning classes aim to provide the best education and foundation for our little ones to help them build sustainable futures both from an academic and holistic point of view. We aim to arm our little learners with the skills and attributes that will help them to approach life with inner strength, focus and resilience, so they can reach their full potential.

Grade R and Grade RR classes are delivered by our dedicated and passionate ECD Practitioners at the ECD Centres who receive weekly coaching sessions by our ECD Team to ensure that the level of education being transferred to our children is up to par with the recommended standards and that these Practitioners are emotionally equipped to nurture strong hearts and minds.

Each year on average 550 children are educated through these classes

Grade R classes launched in 2007 and Grade RR classes in 2012 are offered at our 20 partnered ECD Centers by the caregivers who are capacitated and upskilled through the organisation’s training sessions. Both curricula were designed by the organisation with activities and homework unique to the informal settlement environment, but aligned with the National Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) for Grade R and the National Early Learning and Development Standards For Children, NELDS for Grade RR.

Each year, on average, 550 children are educated through these classes and is the only form of education that the children have received and are receiving in this community.

These early learning initiatives aim to ensure that the children develop to their full potential and achieve their school readiness and preparedness for their formal Grade 1 schooling.

The adult caregiver training component facilitates the all-round development of the children in a manner that is sensitive to culture and individual needs. Each caregiver carries out her role under the guidance and mentorship of the organisation’s community-based ECD Team of qualified ECD Practitioners and Training Facilitators. The classes run from January to the first week of December each year and follow government school terms.

Children’s Early Learning

  • Ensuring quality Early Education for children 4-6 years through early learning classes
  • Grade R
  • Grade RR
  • Nutrition Support