Pre-schools and childcare in Cape Town are mostly private organisations that can be found in most suburbs, as they cater to the neighbourhood's infants and toddlers.
Apart from word of mouth, there are several resources available to help expat parents find the right pre-school for their child. Online forums can be useful, as other parents share positive or negative feedback about the pre-school.
Long-term expats should consider that certain pre-schools are feeders for some of the city’s best schools, and having their children attend them may be advantageous when the time comes to apply for primary school.
Here is a list of some of the most prominent pre-schools in Cape Town.
Pre-schools in Cape Town
Christopher Robin Pre-Primary
Taking on children as young as 12 months, Christopher Robin Pre-Primary is part of the Parklands College group of schools near Table View. Little ones from Christopher Robin often end up continuing on through Parklands, eventually graduating from the senior school having received a consistently high level of education.
There are three Reddam House campuses in Cape Town: Constantia, Atlantic Seaboard and Durbanville. With campuses in the United Kingdom and Australia, children from Reddam House's pre-primary have an advantage that could extend beyond Cape Town.
St Joseph's Marist College
The prestigious school in Rondebosch gives parents the option of either mainstream or Montessori education and provides its young students with a firm foundation for entering into the Junior School section of St Joseph.
Fledglings Educational Playgroup
Situated in the leafy southern suburb of Rondebosch, Cape Town, Fledglings Educational Playgroup embraces the traditions and values of independent education. While keeping in touch with new initiatives and ideas in education, Fledglings makes sure each child is equipped with the skills and knowledge needed for life.
"The government schools in the Western Cape are very good. Coming from the UK where school is free, it is an adjustment to pay school fees. Also it was a surprise that school finishes so early in the day (around 1pm). So, you have to arrange for after care at additional cost."
Read our interview with British expat Keiley to learn more about family life in Cape Town.
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