Early childhood Development

Focus on iThemba believes in the power of Education and Early Childhood Development (ECD) as more and more research is highlighting the significance of the first 1000 days of a child’s life in terms of crucial brain development. We currently work alongside eight Pre-Schools in the Valley of 1000 Hills and Molweni areas to ensure tomorrow’s generation gets the best start today.

The model aims to upgrade existing Pre-Schools to become legal and sustainable businesses. The children receive quality ECD care enabling them to thrive at later Foundation Phase Schooling. The Principals and teachers receive support, training and mentorship. The model is holistic in nature with its core strength being our ECD Monitor, Khanya Gama. She spreads her time across the various schools and at our iThemba offices. Her role is vital as she provides support and motivation and ensures that the training is being implemented correctly.The 8 Pre-Schools we are in partnership with are: Embo Child Educare Centre; Swelihle Creche; Sizakancane Creche; Siyajabula Creche; Entokozweni Creche; Sthandokuhle Creche; Smiley Kids Day-Care and Siyabaphephisa Creche.

We continue to partner with excellent, respected organisations to achieve our goals:


  • ECD TEACHER TRAINING – NELRU (23 teachers received training in 2017)
  • MANAGEMENT TRAINING – Ikhono Business Solutions
  • NUTRITION – Joint Aid Management (JAM)
  • EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS & EQUIPMENT – The Unlimited Child and GROW with Educare Centres