How Emily Ngobeni gets her learners school-ready with the Grow ECD App

Grow ECD Success Story | Emily Ngobeni | Firm Foundation Education Centre Emily Ngobeni is the proud owner of Firm Foundation Education Centre in Benoni. As a former teacher, Emily knew that assessing learners’ developmental progress is a big part of their learning process. She started noticing that when children were admitted to Grade 1, … Read more

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

Grow ECD Accelerator: Empowering ECD centre owners to run sustainable preschools  

Happy Hours Owner

Grow ECD Success Story | Maria Dithlakanyane | Happy Hours Day Care Centre Maria’s ECD centre, Happy Hours Day Care based in Garankuwa, Gauteng was struggling to implement themes, a proper daily programme and had no learning resources. Seeing a Facebook ad for the Grow ECD Accelerator programme Maria knew she had to apply! “I … 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

Fundraising for ECD Centres: Fundraising types, strategies, plans, tips and examples.

Fundraising is hard work and you need to carefully assess whether it is necessary for you to fundraise or not. Some ECD centres may need to fundraise because they are reliant on those funds to cover their operational costs whereas others only fundraise for specific things like investments in buildings or new equipment. Below we … Read more


We launch our online curriculum, a data-free interactive lesson plan guide to support teachers nationwide. We launch our free registration support tools.  We start several new partnerships and collaborations and end the year with 1400 centres actively using our technology and 91 centres using our Quality Education Programme.  


We start our journey toward scale by launching our apps for free to all ECD Centres and partners in South Africa as our gift to the sector. We move away from social franchising and make our services and products more accessible to more centres by launching our Quality Education Programme and business support tools. We … Read more