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When/How do I enrol my child?
If the centre you wish to enrol your child in is open and currently operating with vacancies in your child(ren)’s age group(s), you can enrol your child(ren) at any time by emailing, phoning or visiting the Earlybird Educare centre you wish to enrol your child(ren) at.
If the centre you wish to enrol your child in is currently under construction, Earlybird’s standard enrolment process is as follows:
What age group do you enrol from?
We accept children from 3-months to 5-years of age (post-maternity leave to pre-Grade R).
How do I schedule a visit?
Navigate to the page for the Educare Centre you wish to visit by clicking on the “Our Educare Centres” menu tab at the top of the Home page. Once you are on the desired Educare Centre’s page, look for the “Schedule a Visit” button and click that.
Alternatively, you can contact us via the “Connect with Us” button at the top right-hand corner of the Home page.
What if the centre I want to enrol my child at is full?
The principal will put your child’s name on the centre’s waiting list and your child will be offered a space at the centre as soon as one becomes available.
Can I reserve a space for my child at a centre before I go on maternity leave?
Yes, if there is space in the Blue Group at the educare centre of your choosing and your baby will be attending as soon as you return from leave, you may reserve a space by paying the registration fee and first months’ fees.
My child doesn’t speak English, will you enrol them?
English is the primary language of instruction and interaction at Earlybird Educare Centres but of course we operate within a multilingual society and are well-versed in the research on dual-language immersion. We welcome children from all backgrounds and will work with parents and families to determine the best way to support each child’s language acquisition and emergent literacy journey.
Do you enrol children with special needs?
We know that all children face some or other barrier or challenge in their learning and development journey at some point and that all children are much better off if they have the opportunity to be integrated into classrooms with children of different interests and abilities. That is to say, we strongly value inclusive education and work hard to ensure that the physical environment of our classrooms, the excellent training our teachers receive and our high adult-to-child ratios allow us to give each child who wishes to attend an Earlybird centre, the opportunities and support they need. We work closely with parents of children with severe barriers to learning and development at the point of enrolment and throughout each their time at Earlybird to keep them integrated into “mainstream” classroom environments for as long as feasible.