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

GROW App Success Story – Carol Papier, Little Mermaids Educare

ECD Owner: Carol Papier Centre Name: Little Mermaids Educare Location: Kensington, Cape Town, South Africa. My name is Carol Papier from Kensington, Little Mermaids Educare centre. The GROW Programme attracted my attention. Now that I have signed up it’s much more easier for me actually to use the app than I expected. You don’t need … Read more

GROW App Success Story – Beryl Mercury, Little Footprints Montessori

ECD Owner: Beryl Mercury   Centre Name: Little Footprints Montessori Location: Retreat, Cape Town, South Africa. I’m Beryl Mercury and I’m from LittleFootprints Montessori. At the moment the challenge we face is that we have no online support or tool. The GROW programme is going to make things much easier for us. I’ve been watching … Read more

Real stories: Women in the ECD sector suffer harshly under lockdown and covid19 impact

Lockdown has been hard for many, but the Early Childhood Development (ECD) sector has been hit particularly hard. This industry is run by women working to educate children between 0 and five years old – a crucial time in a child’s development when children learn the skills they need to reach their full potential in … Read more

5 reasons why ECD is the best investment a country can make.

QUICK FACT: Quality ECD (Early Childhood Development) is globally recognized as the most impactful investment in human capital that a country can make. ECD is a national priority. As it should be. Investment in quality early learning yields high levels of return on investment. The impact can be seen immediately and incredibly, the long-term effects … Read more

Mandela Day 2020: Let’s Get Them Back to School Safely. Get Early Learning Centres Ready to Reopen

Our Mandela Day 2021 opportunities are here Volunteer & Donation Opportunities with GROW Educare Centres: 1. Join our Digital Volunteer network Your time and expertise can assist GROW Educare Centres in creative and unexpected ways. Donate your time and energy. When you join our digital volunteer network, you’ll be equipped to be a virtual ambassador … Read more

Testimonial: Jennifer Crossley’s ECD Centre is a beacon for quality education in Maitland

Dreams of opening a quality pre-school centre in her community Meet Jennifer Crossley, a qualified Grade R teacher from Maitland, a low-income area in Cape Town, South Africa. After experiencing first-hand how children who are unprepared for Grade R eventually drop out of school, turning to drugs, gangs and crime; she dreamed of opening a … Read more