Earlybird Educare@Work is South Africa’s first high-quality, socially inclusive, employer-sponsored educare provider. Earlybird functions as a social enterprise: a fixed portion of revenue generated from their workplace-based educare sites is used to subsidise the provision of the same high-quality educare model at preschool centres in low-income communities.
Ensuring affordable access to high quality preschools for all children in South Africa needs to be a national priority.
Revenue from their workplace-based preschools is used to cross-subsidize their social franchisees who run community-based preschools delivering the same high-quality Earlybird educare model, at a fee affordable to families in their immediate surrounds.
Every aspect of Earlybird’s early education model is designed to equip children to flourish in school and in life. Earlybird educare centres are characterised by: (i) well-trained and supported teachers who meet each child where they are at to support their individual learning and development journey, (ii) an engaging play-based learning programme underpinned by rigorous evidence, (iii) regular and meaningful family engagement.
The Project Team
Atli Phatudi (CFO) is a qualified CA(SA) with her formative training completed at PWC and KPMG. Atli has acquired experience working at a private school network and national, policy NGO which provides her with an understanding of both the private and public education sectors.
Michelle Dos Santos has been a preschool operator for over 10 years. She is the owner of Little Ones onsite creche, which operates at the Siemens Head Office in Midrand. She brings to Earlybird a wealth of on-the- ground experience that benefits both the operational and curriculum teams.