5 Star early learning can lift entire communities out of poverty.
Quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) education is globally recognised as the most impactful investment in human capital that a country can make. Research shows return on investment of between 7% and 13% when investing in early learning. In South Africa about 1.6 million children (72%) under 6 years old are enrolled to attend an Early Learning Programme meant to prepare them for school.
Poor quality early learning is a life sentence to poverty and inequality.
In developing countries, low-quality early learning can be a life sentence that perpetuates poverty and inequality. Children who don’t have access to high quality early learning are being left behind. Nationally in South Africa, only 45% of children under 5 are on track to meet their developmental milestones. Children from low-income households are at the greatest risk due to lack of access to quality early learning opportunities. This has severe long-term implications for their education, employment and income prospects.
Professional educare like you’ve never seen before
We believe that:
- Excellent preschool education should be accessible and affordable in every neighbourhood.
- Qualified teachers and centre owners should be paid fairly.
- ECD owners need more than just donations. They need strong, capable partners to guide and support them on their journey towards running a 5 Star ECD centre.
One teacher can grow a generation of learners!
Let's empower women to run excellent educare centres
Our recipe for ECD success
Like you, we care deeply about ensuring that children from developing communities receive 5 Star education in their most crucial years. We also understand that the only way quality can be maintained is if centres are financially sustainable and teachers are paid what they’re worth. That’s why our recipe for success includes education AND business sustainability components.
5 Steps to 5-Star journey
Our unique and proven model is available in a step-by-step programme.
We understand that developing a professional, high quality preschool takes time! But it’s worth it. We’ve developed a 5-step programme to help ECD centres at their own pace and capacity while also expanding our programme to reach more centres, across the country (we call it 5 Steps to 5-Star).