Step Ahead Early Childhood Development Centre
Mama Nondumiso walked away from a well- paying management job at Telkom when she came across a child sitting outside their place of worship with gaping wounds infested with flies. The plight of the children in her community inspired her to obtain her NQF Level 4 in Early Childhood Development and open her centre. She believes that failure to stimulate a child’s mind from birth is detrimental to their future and potential.
She opened the doors to Step Ahead in 2007 and today cares for no less than 104 pre-school children as well as coordinates a further 210 preschools in the Eastern Cape region. She also provides care for five foster homes with 24 orphans. Nondumiso offers training to adults to obtain their NQF level 4 in Early Childhood Development training and is committed to end poverty and promote healthy lives and well-being for all of all ages.
She opened a tea garden at her centre so the community can have a place just to relax, and uses the income they generate to supplement the children in her care who are not covered by the Department of Social Development.