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Ikhaya Labantwana

Ikhaya Labantwana


Ikhaya Labantwana Montessori began life on 15 February 2010 in a 5m rented rondawel and provided 15 children aged 2½ – 5 years old, with Montessori pre-school education in a stimulating and safe learning environment.

As the first dedicated pre-school in the area, the community quickly saw the benefits of investment in early childhood development. Demand did not take long to outstrip capacity and very soon a waiting list started for the pre-school. By the end of 2010, the school had more than 50 children on the waiting list for Ikhaya Labantwana Montessori – so they knew they had to do something!

The National Development Agency invited Ikhaya Labantwana to send in a funding proposal to build a big Ikhaya Labantwana Montessori. The proposal was accepted and the school went into consultation with the community leaders from 12 surrounding villages, to acquire land to build the new big pre-school. They were given land in Jonga Village and began the building of the new Ikhaya Labantwana Montessori Early Learning Centre, that would be able to accommodate 60 young, local children.

With the funding received from the National Development Agency, Coffee Shack Backpackers, their generous guests and various other local and international organizations and individuals Ikhaya Labantwana proudly moved into their new building in April 2013 and are currently providing 44 children with a stimulating early learning environment guided in both isiXhosa and English and two healthy meals per day.



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Montessori Centre South Africa is delighted to be involved in this amazing project. In partnership with the Auburn House Trust, we have been able to train seven students at Ikhaya Labantwana Montessori in Coffee Bay who have graduated with a level 5 Higher Certificate in Early Childhood Development.


These graduates are now enrolled on a professional development course to deepen their knowledge of Montessori practices.



The Auburn House Trust runs programmes in vulnerable and deprived areas, both rural and semi-urban, with adults who look after young children in care facilities but lack essential practical skills, training and resources.


  • support provision for the developmental needs of young children
  • improve the level of child-centred education in existing day-care centres
  • encourage practitioners in informal centres to complete accredited training
  • provide continuing opportunities for practitioners to engage in practical skills
    development and further learning.

Find out more about the Auburn House Trust at: