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An all-in-one early learning solution for your ECD classroom: Educational equipment, play-based curriculum, teacher and owner training and mentoring.

If you run an Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre in a low-income community in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, or Gqeberha, this ECD Small Business Programme could be for you. Unlock a 3-year education and business support programme. The Small Business Programme includes Education Support and Business Support elements.

Education support: • a play-based curriculum • a classroom kit ...

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If you run an Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre in a low-income community in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, or Gqeberha, this EC...

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There is no funding available for this idea in Deutschland, but these resources will still help to make your project happen!

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I wanted to provide an opportunity for quality early learning to as many children as I could. There are many underprivileged children in my community and I have a passion for education. I would advise other ECD managers to take a leap of faith and...

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ECD Small Business Programme
Julia Muteba
Tin House Educare Centre

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Great for

  • ECD Centre Owner who have completed the Grow ECD Business Accelerator training course.
  • ECD Centre must be operating for 2+ years and have 25 learners.
  • ECD Centre located within 75km from Grow ECD's offices in Cape Town, Midrand, Durban or Gqeberha
  • ECD Centre charging R350 or more per child per month
  • ECD Centre owner/head teacher must have ECD NQF level 4 qualification

ECD Small Business Programme project essentials

5 Step Guide

  • Review the criteria and "Start" the ECD Small Business Programme on ChangeX
  • Walk through the 30 day challenge to prove your ECD Centre is ready for this opportunity!
  • Grow ECD will deliver and implement your classroom kit and train your teachers how to use the daily curriculum
  • Educate and engage your parents, staff and community to get their support
  • Implement the step-by-step Grow ECD Small Business programme and see your centre and children thrive


Suggested: This is a 3-year trainnig and development programme. You should already be running your ECD Centre and be committed to it full time (no other side-jobs - you need to be actively involved at the centre day-to-day). The Grow ECD Small Business Programme will take 2 days to implement at your centre, once approved. You and your staff will be expected to attend ongoing professional development training at least once a quarter to boost your business and education skills and knowledge. You will be using the grow ECD app daily to track your registers and manage your centre's admin - this should save you time on paperwork!


More information on how to get started and any resources shared by the ECD Small Business Programme

172 ECD Small Business Programme projects have already been started

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Meet the Social Innovator

Hello there! We know that running a professional ECD Centre takes a lot! It’s an immense responsibility that is as rewarding as it is demanding. Centre owners are expected to manage their staff, finances, nutrition, learning outcomes, compliance, reporting and more… No one should be expected to do this important work alone. Our ECD Small Business Programme is here to lighten your load. Soon you’ll be making progress towards your dream centre.

Tracey Chambers, CEO and Co-Founder

172 ECD Small Business Programme projects have already been started

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