Collaborating for Impact: GROW and Oystar Join Forces to Further Empower the South African Early Childhood Development Sector With Digital Technology  

Announcement South Africa, May 2023  Grow ECD is excited to announce our partnership with Oystar Africa, a tech and innovation company specialising in education. The Grow ECD digital platform (a mobile-first one-stop-shop for the early childhood development sector) is powered by Oystar’s technology.   This partnership aims to make Early Childhood Development (ECD) technology more … Read more


We launch our ECD Business Accelerator. We launch our Baby Curriculum for 1-2-year-olds. 


We launch our data-free online learning programme for teachers and centre owners. We launch our comprehensive ECD management system and mobile app. During the COVID-19 crisis, we support our 43 Partner Centres, their learners and families with stipends and at-home learning resources. We realise that many more ECD centres need support, and our technology could … Read more


We open our first four social franchise ECD centres in Johannesburg. We also start developing the technology to equip our ECD centres to manage their preschools from the palm of their hand while helping us drive data-driven decision-making.

2014 -2017

We open our first centres (using a social franchise model) in Langa, Cape Town and by 2017 we launch new centres in Durban thanks to the generous support of local and international funders and partners. We begin to develop the Education-in-a-Box and Business-in-a-Box components for a quality, professional preschool.

Warrior women stops at nothing to create safe haven for Ravensmead children 

Ravensmead Educare Centre faces – and overcomes – near impossible challenges. Sarah Strauss, principal of Ravensmead Educare Centre (part of the GROW Educare Centres network), has overcome near-impossible challenges to create safe Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre in Ravensmead where children from disadvantaged homes can receive nutritional meals and quality schooling. She has achieved so … Read more

Step-by-step programme help builds quality ECD centres across South Africa

GROW Educare Centres works with Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres in low-income and developing communities across the country. “Our mission is to help preschools provide quality early education to children while also helping the ECDs become sustainable small businesses,” says Tracey Chambers, CEO of GROW Educare Centres. “Through our five-step programme we help ECD centres on … Read more

Quality Education for all: GROW assists ECDs in under-resourced areas 

GROW Educare Centres works with Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres in low-income and developing communities across the country. Tracey Chambers, CEO of GROW Educare Centres, says, “Our ultimate goal is to make sure that every South African, no matter where they live, has access to good pre-school education, which research shows impacts kids for their … Read more

2020 enrolments now open: find the best preschool and educare centre for your child

enrol your 2-5 year old child at GROW educare centres

Your child deserves a great preschool, close to home. We know how difficult it can be to get access to good quality education if you live in a neighbourhood where educare centres are under-resourced. That’s why we’re bringing excellent educare to your community. Help your 2-5-year-old get ready for school and life at one of … Read more

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