33 Central Square, Cape Town 7405, South Africa

Biblionef’s mission is to make books available for children (ages three to 18) in all official languages, for reading pleasure and for education and in this way, to lay the foundation for children to make good decisions through critical thinking, and live balanced and productive lives.

To carry out their Book Donations Programme they buy books with funds raised from Funders and Donors as well as from their sustainability efforts. The book donations are then dispatched free of charge. Books go to children’s organisations without books such as schools, ECD’s (Early Childhood Development Centre’s also known as Crèche’s), Orphanage’s, Reading Clubs, and any other organisation with an educational focus. Biblionef works throughout South Africa mainly in rural and peri urban areas.

Many of the books they donate are locally written, illustrated and produced so that children can relate to the stories in them. Where too few books are available in the indigenous languages they raise funding to commission the publishing and reprints of appropriate titles.


When funding allows their Project Managers attend Biblionef Book Handovers to give informal workshops:
• to help teachers manage the books and/or to set up a Classroom or School Library
• to help motivate teachers to do storytelling, which is one of the foundations of literacy


Biblionef has the largest collection of children’s storybooks in South Africa in the official languages. This means they can react quickly to incoming requests for books.

The languages they cover are IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, Afrikaans, English, Sepedi, Setswana, Sesotho, Xitsonga, Siswati, Tshivenda and IsiNdebele.

Other Services:

Biblionef also provides services to other organisations involved in literacy. Using the opportunity of trading within certain parameters as a non-profit company, Biblionef has been very successful in selling some of its books to individuals and companies that have funds to purchase them. We have also sold our expertise in library skills and assisted organisations to source appropriate books and to setup their library.

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185 Schoeman Street, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
+27 12 336 8387+27 12 336 8387
082 602 9640082 602 9640
+27 12 336 8664

The Department of Water Affairs is the custodian of South Africa’s water resources. It is primarily responsible for the formulation and implementation of policy governing this sector. It also has an overriding responsibility for water services provided by local government.

While striving to ensure that all South Africans gain access to clean water and safe sanitation, the water sector also promotes effective and efficient water resources management to ensure sustainable economic and social development.

United Nations Children’s Fund

UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. It has the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. UNICEF believes that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. It works with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.
web http://www.unicef.org

Communication for Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation Programmes

This Manual, with a focus on sound principles in programme communication, will provide guidance on how to incorporate adequate communication and behaviour change approaches in water and environmental sanitation programmes. Above all, it is a practical guide for implementing the operational strategies outlined in the Board-approved WES Strategy Paper (UNICEF Strategies in Water and Environmental Sanitation E/ICEF/95/17). As such, it is an important tool for field professionals in the implementation of UNICEF Programme Priorities, and the acceleration of progress towards the goals established at the World Summit for Children.

Water Handbook.

This handbook is a practical guide for implementing the operational strategies outlined in the Board-approved WES Strategy Paper (UNICEF Strategies in Water and Environmental Sanitation – E/ICEF/95/17). As such, it is an important tool for field professionals implementation of UNICEF Programme Priorities and the acceleration of progress towards the goals established at the World Summit for Children. The Water Handbook is part of a series of modules which were written with the objective of assisting UNICEF programme and project officers in the operationalization of the new WES strategies as presented in: UNICEF Strategies in Water and Environmental Sanitation.

Manual on School Sanitation and Hygiene.

This School Sanitation and Hygiene Manual is one of the Technical Guidelines Series prepared by the Water, Environment and Sanitation Section, Programme Division, UNICEF, in collaboration with the IRC. The aim of the book is not to prescribe, but to give overviews, stimulate change and provide ideas and guidance to all those who want to make schools centres of learning, practising and diffusion of good sanitation and hygiene practices for the children, their teachers and parents, and their communities at large.

South Africa

The Department of Social  Health is one of the departments of the South African government. It oversees  the rights of women , children and people with disabilities in South Africa.

Children’s Rights and Responsibilities

The purpose of CRR is to promote, advocate and monitor the progressive realisation of children’s rights through Government’s policies and programmes.





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South Africa

Buffalo City Public College (FET)


Educare offers specialized education and training in Early Childhood Development and understanding of the physical, mental and emotional needs and development of the pre-school child.

  • N4  Day Care Personnel Development Didactics theory and Practical Child Health Education
  • N5  Day Care Communication Didactics theory and Practical Education Psychology Entrepreneurship and Business Management
  • N6  Day Care Management Day Care Communication Didactics Theory and Practical Educational Psychology
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South Africa
051 411 2000051 411 2000
051 411 2000

Motheo College (FET)



  • N4  Day Care Personnel Development Didactics theory and Practical Child Health Education
  • N5  Day Care Communication Didactics theory and Practical Education Psychology Entrepreneurship and Business Management
  • N6  Day Care Management Day Care Communication Didactics Theory and Practical Educational Psychology
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Western Cape, South Africa

Boland (FET)


  • National Certificates (N4-N6) (Post matric)
  • Early Childhood Development



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Gauteng, South Africa

Tshwane South College (FET)


  • Early Childhood Development (ECD) Practitioner Courses:
  • Level 4 FET Certificate: Early Childhood Development
  • Credits: Minimum 120
  • Duration: Minimum 12 months (1 year)
  • Level 5 FET :National Diploma
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Khulani Empowerment Academy: Accredited by SAQA and SACE


  • Recognition of prior learning. Intended for existing learners/educators who have acquired the NQF 1 ECD qualification as a further qualification. Potential learners/educators with a GETC qualification or equivalent to start a career in ECD (entry point). 12 to 18 months part-time distance learning with personal mentorship.
  • http://www.khulani-ecd.com/corp/index.php/courses#



  • Provide access to a recognised educator qualification at Level 6 for ECD educators who have a Level 4 or Level 5 certificate in ECD, providing a bridge between non-formal and formal learning programmes.
  • To enable educators/ learners to plan and implement a learning programme which is based on their knowledge of child development from birth to nine years and which helps children in a specific phase work towards achieving the learning outcomes of the national school curriculum (where appropriate).
  • •To improve community-based ECD services for young children by raising the level of ECD teaching competence and/or by providing opportunities for training in support and leadership roles.
  • •24 to 36 months part-time distance learning with personal mentorship.
  • http://www.khulani-ecd.com/corp/index.php/courses#
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Cape Town College (FET)


  • LEVEL 5 HIGHER CERTIFICATE: EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT The Higher Certificate provides access to a higher education for many experienced and skilled Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioners and trainers who do not have a recognised qualification. The purpose of this qualification is to:
  • Develop ECD practitioners (e.g. home-based, centre- and school-based practitioners including Grade R, family and community ECD motivators, fieldworkers, facilitators, trainers and managers) to provide appropriate education, training and development services in the ECD sub-field.
  • Enable ECD practitioners to use their knowledge of child growth and development from birth to 6 years and relevant national policies to guide their professional practice in the ECD sub-field. This qualification provides an opportunity for practitioners with a Level 4 Certificate in ECD or an equivalent to further their professional development and to specialise in aspects of ECD practice e.g. Grade R. (Refer http://www.saqa.org.za)


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False Bay College (FET)


  • ECD Practitioner Assistant NQF Level 1
  • About this programme:
  • Prepares students to assist the Grade R teacher in preparing activities in an ECD classroom.
  • Admission Requirements:
  • Grade 9 certificate
  • Job Opportunities:
  • Work as a Classroom assistant, working with babies at an ECD site or as a Day mother.
  • Programme Content:
  • This programme covers aspects of the development of children, layout and planning of creative activities to develop children holistically, planning and implementation of relevant activities.
  • Duration:
  • 10 Months Part Time. (Full Time available only on certain campuses)
  • Qualification:
  • ECD Practitioner Assistant (NQF level 1)
  • Which campus is this course offered at?
  • This programme is offered at Muizenberg, Khayelitsha
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University of Fort Hare

What services do they offer:

  • The B Ed (FP/IP/SP) is for persons wanting to become qualified as professional educators I schooling at the Foundation or Intermediate or Senior Phase.
  • The candidate must fulfill the general rules for admission to a first degree. The B Ed provides access to the B Ed (Hons) degree at NQF Level 7 (Educators in Schooling) and to the ACE Specialisation/Re-skilling qualifications.
  • The duration of the programme shall not be less than four years of full-time study.
  • Approximately one third of notional hours is dedicated to contact sessions with lecturers. The remaining two-thirds are allocated to foundational, practical and reflective tasks in groups, and individually

 Courses: in the first year:

  • Afrikaans 1P
  • Xhosa 1 MT or Xhosa 1 NMT

One of the following:

  • History 1
  • Social work 1
  • Psychology 1
  • Sociology 1
  • Economics 1
  • Legal Theory 1
  • Management 1
  • NB: Under certain circumstances candidates may be exempted from the language requirements indicated above, subject to alternative modules being approved by the Dean of Education.
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South Africa

Rhodes University

What services do they offer:

  • ECD Practitioners around Grahamstown and areas within a 100 km radius are offered training at NQF Level 4 and 5 and have the opportunity to further their career paths by studying for an in-service Bachelor of Education Degree in Foundation Phase, specialising in ECD.  A partnership with Rhodes University Education Faculty makes this possible.  On-site monitoring, support and quality assurance form a vital part of our training.


  • The Centre for Social Development (CSD) at Rhodes University offers a number of part time courses in Early Childhood Development and community Development. These involve students attending contact sessions in the CSD training venue, and completing practical work and assignments. CSD Training facilitators visit students in their places of work, for support and monitoring. As a Public Benefit Organisation, the CSD is a donor-funded, so costs for the courses are kept low – even though students receive lunch whilst attending the contact sessions.
  • The CSD is accredited with the ETDP SETA and the courses we offer have been through the rigorous programme approval process. Qualifications are made up of Unit Standards according to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). While short courses are based on one or two unit standards, the full qualifications cover a number of different unit standards.
  • The Level 4 Community Development course equips practitioners to work in communities, enabling community development. This course will be offered in 2011. The course duration is 1 year part-time and the entry requirement is Grade 9. Possible professions include working as Community Development Practitioners.
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

University of Johannesburg

What services do they offer:

  • The Department of Childhood Education at the University of Johannesburg offers specialized undergraduate and post graduate degrees in the Foundation Phase.
  • The undergraduate programme covers Literacy, Numeracy, Natural Science, Methodology of Foundation Phase, Professional Development and Educational Psychology. In addition to the class work, the undergraduate programme is enhanced by a practicum component where students spend some time in our primary school ‘Funda UJabule’ on campus every year.
  • There are a diverse group of students in the Foundation Phase Programme. They range from teachers upgrading their qualifications to degree and specialized status, students straight from high school to adults seeking a challenging and rewarding career in education. The Department also offers Honors, Masters and Doctoral Degree specialisations in the Foundation Phase Education.


  • The following courses are on offer
  • Foundation Phase:
  • Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching
  • B Ed Honours degree in Foundation Phase Teaching
  • M Ed Degree focusing on Foundation Phase Education
  • D Ed focusing on Foundation Phase Education
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South Africa

University of Pretoria

What services do they offer:

  • Young children who receive the right preparation during early childhood are equipped with the expertise needed to develop early literacy and reading skills, early numeracy and basic life skills. The Department of Early Childhood Education (ECE) trains educators in this challenging field from undergraduate up to doctoral level.


  • Young children who receive the right preparation during early childhood are equipped with the expertise needed to develop early literacy and reading skills, early numeracy and basic life skills. The Department of Early Childhood Education (ECE) trains educators in this challenging field from undergraduate up to doctoral level.
South Africa
(012) 429-4817/ 4627/ 4789/ 4511(012) 429-4817/ 4627/ 4789/ 4511
(012) 429-4800 / 086 525 7705


What services do they offer:

  • The purpose of this certificate programme is to train educators in Early Childhood Development, keeping National Curriculum Statement in mind, in order to equip them to be educators who are able to:


  • National Senior Certificate or an equivalent NQF level 4 qualification.
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The Childwick Trust: International

What services do they offer:

  • The Jim Joel Fund, a funding scheme under the Childwick Trust, provides grants to South African NGOs supporting education and early childhood development. One example is a South African training and development NGO that they have supported since 1997 with awards of ranging from $65,000 to $100,000.

Who Qualifies:

  • The Trust also operates in South Africa. This area of our Objects reflects the Joel family’s long involvement in the mining industry in South Africa. Predominantly funds are given to Early Childhood Development Projects and applications are administered on behalf of The Directors by Mrs. Giuliana Bland at The Childwick Trust’s Jim Joel Fund in South Africa.
  • Mrs. Bland can be contacted via email or by telephone on (0027) 011 704 6539. Office hours are Monday and Tuesday mornings between 8am-1pm.
  • The Trust also provides funding for South African residents to promote education through Charitable Institutions in South Africa or the U.K.


To be considered for funding, an application must also meet the following requirements:
  • Applications should be written, with a fully completed cover sheet
  • Applications should be no longer than 2 pages of A4
  • Applications must clearly and concisely describe the project for which funding is being sought
  • Applications should include breakdown of costing for the project
  • Applications SHOULD NOT include charity accounts
  • Applications SHOULD NOT include DVDs, newsletters or bulky reports
  • Applications that do not meet these requirements will not be considered for funding – should we require any further documentation, we will request it.
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Allen Foundation: International

What services do they offer:

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  • The Allen Foundation was established in 1975 by agricultural chemist William Webster in Michigan. The goal of the Foundation is to finance projects willing to improve human nutrition by means of conducting research, establishing education programmes or training on the subject of nutrition. The Foundation is mainly interested in projects that explore the link between nutrition and health – how embracing a healthier diet leads to a healthier lifestyle. The Foundation has given money also to organisations working in areas where malnutrition and hunger are among main problems to be solved.

Who Qualifies:

  • Further nutritional research
  • Educate mothers, during and after pregnancy, so that good nutritional habits can be formed at an early age.
  • Disseminate good nutritional practices and habits
  • Train new nutritional educators who will work with segments of the population in the need of nutritional advice
  • Exceptionally, the Foundation also gives money to solve urgent problems of hunger derived from unexpected circumstances such as natural disasters or wars.


  • Applications are accepted via the online system accessible from the Foundation’s website, here. There is a fixed form to be filled in; applicants must present 250 words executive summary, 1000 words proposal, and a budget justifying all the foreseen expenses. Additionally, organisations must provide evidence about their non-profit legal status and researchers must provide a short biography highlighting their academic background and experience.
  • The deadline for submitting online application is December 31 every year. After registering for submitting a proposal, applicants are given a personal password to access, review, and amend their proposals up to the deadline. A list with the winning projects is posted on the Foundation’s website in June. A complete list of all the projects funded so far is available here.
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South Africa
(011) 355 7687/7977/7878(011) 355 7687/7977/7878

Department of Social Development

What services do they offer:

  • Early Childhood Development Centre (Crèches) is a facility that provides learning an support appropriate to the child’s developmental age and stage.
  • Funding and assistance with setting up ECD sites

Who Qualifies:

  • Organisations that are running ECD Centres (including crèches) in the community for children between the ages of 0 – 6 years


  • Complete an application form for registration as a place of care
  • Develop a weekly menu and daily programme
  • a building plan/hand drawn sketches of building
  • copy of constitution, signed and dated (for funding purposes)
  • service/Business Plan (for application for funding
  • financial report of the past year (for funding purposes)
  • contract with the owner of the building (lease – for funding purposes)
  • Undergo assessment from the Local Authority on structural and health requirements

National Offices: Contact Details

  • GAUTENG (011) 355 7687/7977/7878
  • LIMPOPO (015) 293 6004/ 6054/6011/6053
  • NORTH WEST (018) 387 3434/0255/3497/0281
  • MPUMALANGA (013) 766 3098/3253/3031
  • FREE STATE (051) 400 0302 / 0304/0307
  • EASTERN CAPE 043 605 5000
  • KWAZULU-NATAL (033) 264 5400
  • WESTERN CAPE (021) 483 3858/3765/3158/5445
  • NORTHERN CAPE (053) 807 5600
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Nedbank (CSI)

What services do they offer:

  • Assistance was given to a variety of school-based educational projects, early-childhood development, rural-school refurbishment, support for teacher training initiatives, support to tertiary institutions and any other priority areas in education in line with national priorities.

Who Qualifies:

  • The following process is applied when considering a project for funding:
  • A background check is done by requesting information on the organisation and individuals within that organisation.
  • A Nedbank Foundation official conducts a face-to-face interview with representatives of the organisation to understand the project needs.
  • The Nedbank Foundation official undertakes a visit of the project to confirm facts.
  • The Nedbank Foundation ensures that proper financial control measures and governance structures exist within projects.
  • Confirmation of cofunders’ names is done to eliminate the possibility of a conflict of interest, avoid reputational risk to the bank and duplicated funding for the same purpose.


  • Proposals are approved by the head of the foundation, the management committee or the board of trustees, depending on the value of the proposal.
  • Qualifying criteria: Projects must fall within the specified focus areas, be sustainable and, where feasible, must qualify for a minimum of three years’ investment support.
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South Africa

Telkom (CSI)

What services do they offer:

  • The Telkom Foundation conducts all Telkom SA SOC Limited’s corporate social investment initiatives. The Telkom Foundation was established in 1998 and registered as a trust in 2002 for the purpose. Over the years, the Telkom Foundation has made meaningful contributions to disadvantaged communities by providing to the improvement of their livelihoods through a range of structured programmes. The Foundation is committed to making meaningful contributions to these communities through investment in education, community relief programmes and employee volunteerism.

Who Qualifies:

Education – to improve numeracy and literacy with emphasis on Maths, Science and Technology

  • Entrepreneurship – in support of the empowerment of small businesses as a vehicle for job creation
  • Blue Flag programmes – provision of assistance to communities who are victims of different forms of disasters


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