Grow with Educare

Every neighbourhood deserves a 5 Star Early Childhood Development Centre

We use a proven recipe for success to equip local women to run high quality ECD centres that are also financially sustainable businesses.

GROW with Educare Centres provides women living in low-income communities the opportunity to run excellent, private, fee-paying early learning centres that are also viable businesses using the principles of social enterprise and micro franchising.
GROW with Educare Centres provides women living in low-income communities the opportunity to run excellent, private, fee-paying early learning centres that are also viable businesses using the principles of social enterprise and micro franchising.
GROW with Educare Centres provides women living in low-income communities the opportunity to run excellent, private, fee-paying early learning centres that are also viable businesses using the principles of social enterprise and micro franchising.

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

The truth is that many ECD (Early Childhood Development) Centres in disadvantaged South African communities are simply not sufficiently equipped, well-trained, adequately resourced, professionally managed or supported to ensure that the children in their care are ready for school and life. Managing an ECD centre is a complex business, which is why  we have developed a complete recipe for success that ensures quality learning outcomes for children , as well as develops and supports women to run their ECD centre professionally and sustainably.

We believe that:

  1. Excellent preschool education should be accessible and affordable in every neighbourhood.
  2. Qualified teachers and centre owners should be paid fairly.
  3. 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.

We empower qualified, passionate women to own and run successful high quality ECD centres in low-income communities through our proven social franchise model.

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).

Empower Educare Centres

Leave a legacy when you make a donation, adopt an ECD, volunteer your time and more.

Give your child a head start

Enrol your child at a
GROW Educare centre

45 centres running and 89 classrooms

Learner capacity 2136

44% of centres registered

Jobs supported 180

30 teacher interns

Partners & Funders

We empower qualified, passionate women to own and run successful high quality ECD centres in low-income communities through our proven social franchise model.