Grow ECD brings ECD Business Accelerator to Gqeberha

20 March 2024 A new Grow ECD satellite branch has opened in Gqeberha, bringing this impactful programme’s in-person Early Childhood Development (ECD) services to the Eastern Cape. Grow ECD is a nationwide, non-profit social enterprise that equips and connects ECD businesses with the skills, support and resources they need to provide affordable, 5-star early learning … Read more

Driving impactful early education through financial inclusion

Grow ECD launches an affordable, low-cost loan product for women empowerment and quality education delivery in South Africa’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) sector. The World Bank defines financial inclusion as access to useful and affordable financial products and services – transactions, payments, savings, credit and insurance – delivered in a responsible and sustainable way. Financial … Read more

Drive impact together. Join Grow ECD as a programme implementation partner.

When we work together, we can achieve so much more! We believe in partnership.   To address the scale of the challenge in the ECD sector, we need to spread impact and opportunities beyond organisational boundaries. That’s why we believe that collaboration is crucial to our collective success. We believe in-person mentorship is crucial to developing … Read more

210,000 nutrient-rich breakfasts for preschool children

In South Africa, millions of children are food-vulnerable and rely on schools to provide one daily nutritious meal.  ‘Hidden hunger’ is a term used to describe human deficiencies of key micronutrients. It’s a real, invisible crisis and the impact starts early with children consuming energy-dense, but nutrient-poor diets. This impacts both physical and cognitive development. Thanks … Read more

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

Breadline Africa Reaches 1 000 milestone

Providing Life-Changing Education Infrastructure for South African Schools thanks to Partnerships  The education sector in South Africa faces many challenges, but one of the biggest is a lack of safe and effective infrastructure for early childhood development (ECD) centers. On 17 February 2023, we celebrated a huge achievement with Breadline Africa, a fellow non-profit organization, … Read more

The alarming state of Early Childhood Development in South Africa

Updated June 2022 In South Africa, 1.6 million children (72%) under 6 years old are enrolled to attend an Early Learning Programme meant to prepare them for school. Concerningly, this figure was closer to 2million before the Covid19 pandemic. The decline shows that parents are slow to send their children back to pre-school, possibly due … Read more

How GROW equips local preschools with a one-stop-shop solution and access to finance

Press release: 1 June 2022 From an easy-to-use app to lesson plans, learner assessment tools and now also pioneering affordable micro-loans: GROW Educare Centres aims to lift the standard of preschool education and management in South Africa. A holistic solution for early learning Running a successful preschool or Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre requires a … Read more

Six important things to know about the #ECDShift

ECD moves from the Department of Social Development to the Department of Basic Education on 1 April 2022 The #ECDShift is the administrative process of moving all the Early Childhood Development (ECD) functions, roles and responsibilities that are currently with the Department of Social Development (DSD) to the Department of Basic Education (DBE). The #ECDShift … Read more

A boost for the Early Childhood Development sector in South Africa as Old Mutual partners with GROW Educare Centres

Press release – 2 December 2021. It’s a long-held belief that the key to South Africa’s success lies in education. It is also widely understood among education specialists that the earlier a child begins their education the better. That’s why Old Mutual is pleased to announce a partnership with GROW, a leading Early Childhood Development … Read more