The Educare Centre provides pre-primary education for the children of UCT staff and students. It is safely situated on the upper campus in a pleasant mountainside setting with ample outdoor play areas. It can take approximately 75 children, from infants of 3 months to children of 5 years. The centre is a microcosm of UCT, reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the university community.
It offers a stimulating environment for young children to develop through creative play. Small classes are offered with structured activities planned and implemented by highly trained teachers.
The staff members are dedicated, experienced and sensitive to the personalities of the individual children in their care.
Extra-mural activities, outings and excursions form an integral part of the curriculum.
Each class is taught through programmes appropriate for the developmental needs of each age group.
The centre is open from 07:30 to 17:30 throughout the year except for 2 to 3 weeks during the December–January holiday period.
For parents working at UCT, payments are made through monthly salary deductions.
For parents studying at UCT, the full year's fees are debited to their student fee account.
Parents are required to provide nutritious, well-balanced lunches and juice for their children.