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Choosing a pre-school or daycare facility for your precious child is an important decision and not an easy one for most parents.
Whether you're a new parent on a first-time search or relocating to another area, you need a one-stop place to find out what's available and who to contact.
The aim of this site is to assist parents in locating a suitable daycare or early learning centre in your area. Our directory has become quite well known in the Greater Durban area and we are now expanding to cover other regions as well.
Pre-Schools, Day-mothers and Early Learning Centres across South Africa are encouraged to submit a listing to our directory.
We offer a free listing for all establishments (including name & phone number as well as an optional link to a Facebook page or website and a map location) under their relevant area. Submit your free listing here.
Schools can also select a paid listing option: Featured listings will have more prominence than free listings and may be advertised elsewhere on our website at our discretion. You'll be given an option to upgrade when submitting your listing.
This site also serves as an advertising medium for businesses which would like to be associated with pre-schools in their area. Please see our advertising page for more details.
A FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN CHOOSING A CHILD CARE FACILITY:
what procedures are in place to ensure that the venue is safe? How do they determine who is allowed to fetch your child - e.g.: ID required etc.
- The experience level of the teachers/caregivers:
How long have they been there? What training do they have?
If you're not supplying your own, what is on the menu? Ask them to be specific and ask to see the food. Beware of "meat and veggies" which turns out to be viennas and peas or worse!
- First Aid:
How many people are trained in First Aid? Are they always there? What is their procedure if your child needs more than just a bandage? Do they ask permission before giving medication?
How often are the floors cleaned, for example? Are the kitchen and bathrooms properly sanitised? Are the rubbish bins out of reach of little hands?
- General safety:
Is the playground equipment properly maintained? Do they have trouble with monkeys passing through?
How much TV do the kids watch? What sort of things do they watch? (e.g., only videos/DVD's, or do they watch broadcast TV?) Is there censorship based on your beliefs, e.g. Harry Potter etc.
- Religion and Faith:
Do their policies match yours? How do they deal with other belief systems? What is taught at Easter and Christmas etc.?
How do they collect fees (e.g. Debit Order)? What is included in the fees? What extras are you expected to pay for or supply?
- Notice period:
How much notice do you need to give if you intend moving your child?
- Above all - take a look around at the place. Watch how the caregivers interact with the kids and watch how the kids react to them. Ask for references, and chat with a few parents.