Pre-school and Childcare in Cape Town

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preschools in cape townPre-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.Fees run from around 600 to 1200 ZAR per month. Classes run from around 8am to 12:30pm, with aftercare available for an additional fee.


Apart from word-of-mouth, there are several resources available to help expat parents find the right pre-school for their child. This includes:

  • The Cape Town edition of Child Magazine
  • The Child Magazine website
  • which lets parents locate schools across the country
  • which publishes informative articles and has a comprehensive directory 


Pre-schools in Cape Town

Certain pre-schools operate on a franchise model, such as: 



(branches in Hout Bay, Cape Town, Sea Point)


Moms & Tots

(branches in Bergvliet, Claremont, Cape Town) 


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. This includes:


Chesterhouse School

Set in Durbanville, children graduating the school's Early Years Development Centre will be well prepared to meet the challenges of the junior school's Cambridge curriculum.

Christopher Robin Pre-Primary

Taking on children as young as 18-months old, Christopher Robin Pre-Primary is part of the Parklands College group of schools near Table View. Little ones from Christopher Robin often end up graduating from the senior school having received a consistently high level of education.

Reddam House

Expat kids between the ages of three and six are able to attend the pre-primary school at the picturesque Constantia Campus shared with the preparatory and high schools. With campuses in Johannesburg 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 offers both mainstream and Montessori education and provides its young students with a firm foundation for entering into the junior school.

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