All parents want to know that their children are safe and properly cared for while they are at work, and that their children are given the opportunity to grow and develop in a healthy manner. Parents also want to know that the people who will be looking after their children are properly trained and that they have the necessary skills to look after and teach the children.  

It is therefore important for everyone who is interested in starting an ECD (Early Childhood Development) centre in South Africa to know what the rules and regulations are that need to be followed in this regard.

For example: Did you know that there must be one toilet and washbasin for every 20 children? Or that the kitchen must be in a separate room? Or that there has to be a separate area for children who are sick?


Starting your own ECD centre is not easy, which is why we have created a short infographic to help you determine whether or not you have what it takes to do so:


How to Start Your Own Childhood Development Centre - Infographic


Also check out our e-book: The A – Z of Starting an Early Childhood Development Centre (free download)

If you are interested in starting your own ECD centre, and you’d like to study a childcare course to prepare yourself for doing so, you can click here to view the childcare courses available at Oxbridge Academy.


Note: This article was originally published on 27 May 2016, and has been updated by Lungiswa Nyatyowa for comprehensiveness and accuracy.