St Francis College Early Childhood Development Centre

Our ECD centre is more than just a drop-off pre-school. We provide a secure, stimulating and flexible environment in which children may develop socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively.

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Ms D Claassen

Message from our HOD

Our caring and inspiring teachers create a secure and happy environment, enabling children to thrive. St Francis ECD provides the perfect foundation for your child’s education where he/she will feel empowered to ask questions, safe to meet challenges and confident to interact with others. Our pupils are given a head start in the ECD as they are expertly guided towards the transition to formal schooling.

Intervention classes Kaboom! Interactive Science Kindle reading program

Welcome to our ECD centre

Early Childhood Development (ECD) can be defined as the physical, cognitive and social development that a child experiences prior to reaching his/her preparatory school entering age. ECD therefore lays the groundwork for successful learning supporting the child to progress into, and adapt to, formal schooling.

Our approach is one of recognising the inherent holistic nature of the child thus seeking to develop all aspects of every child: social, emotional, intellectual, aesthetic and physical potential. This is implemented through active participation in a structured programme.

our ECD center


ecd english subject
ecd mathematics subject
ecd life skills subject
ecd subjects

We follow the curriculum set out by the Gauteng Department of Education. Subjects taught are

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Life Skills
  • We also offer Kaboom! – interactive science lessons


Optional Extramurals (Outsourced)

  • Swimming Lessons
  • Annual sports day with Foundation Phase


school heritage day
nea logo
school general concert
ECD subjects

Cultural Activities

  • Grade R and RR perform in their own concert, host a graduation ceremony and participate in the school concert.
  • Celebration of national calendar days e.g. Heritage Day
  • Singing on a Wednesday
  • Media on a Tuesday

Daily Programme

ECD daily programme

  • 7:00 – 7:45 Arrival and free play outside
  • 7:45 – 8:00 Bathroom routine
  • 8:00 – 8:15 Assembly
  • 8:15 – 8:30 Welcoming, register and weather chart
    Theme discussion and life skills
  • 8:30 – 10:00 Mathematics
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Lunch time and Free play outside
  • 10:30 – 12:00 Home Language
  • 12:00 – 12:20 Lunch time and Free play outside
  • 12:20 – 13:10 Story time
  • 13:10 – 13:40 Creative arts
  • 13:40 - 14:00 Physical Education
  • 14:00 – 14:15 Rest and story time
  • 14:15 – 14:25 Home/Pick up time

Themes for the year

  • Term 1
  • Getting Started
  • Me
  • My Family
  • Healthy Living
  • Easter
  • Water
  • Term 2
  • Autumn
  • Friends
  • Homes
  • My Country
  • Transport
  • Term 3
  • Winter
  • Animals
  • Communication
  • People who help us
  • Farming
  • Spring
  • Term 4
  • Going to Grade 1
  • Summer
  • Festivals
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