Early Childhood Development

Rays of Hope ignites the spark of learning in young children by focusing on early childhood development in Alexandra Township. Our programmes provide essential educational foundations, nurturing care, and developmental resources, setting the stage for lifelong learning. Through interactive play and targeted interventions, we ensure that every child has the best start in life.

Akanani Early Childhood Development Centre

Akanani ECD centre provides access to quality pre-primary education to over 30 young children from the age of three years old, and from different backgrounds. This centre, comprised of four classes, features a well-equipped library and large playground, both of which are very seldom found in Alex. Rays of Hope ensures the learners at Akanani ECD receive a high standard of education and focuses on building a solid foundation in their early years. This includes providing access to good nutrition – crucial for a child’s physical and cognitive development.

Key Priorities:

  • All teaching is delivered in English, which ensures that learners have a good understanding of the universal language by the time they start formal schooling. This is key to ensuring they are capable of reading with comprehension by the time they reach grade four, instead of becoming part of an alarming statistic in South Africa.
  • Proper nutrition and healthcare are essential for a child’s overall well-being. The children receive nutritious meals every day.
  • To enhance their learning experience, the centre houses a spacious library and play-area, which allows the children to exercise, play, read and learn in a safe environment.
  • Parents are engaged in the learning process. Home visits are conducted and psychosocial support provided to ensure that the child and their family benefits from the programme.