When I was little and growing up in the very Afrikaans district of Stellenbosch, there wasn’t much in the way of Islamic based schools or pre-schools available. So I went to a Roman Catholic creche down the road. My mom packed my lunch and I was the only kid who didn’t eat the school’s food as they did not cater halaal. I was taught by gentle nun’s in their black habits and veils and I remember having an inordinate fear of the always surly looking cook. I learned nursery rhymes, bible songs and sang in the church choir… well, in so far as a 5 year old can sing in the church choir. And I turned out ok… well, at least I think so.
When my little boy started going to creche, I enrolled him at a nearby school in Parow for convenience. They were not Muslim based but served halaal food at least, and that would do at the time. They also had a bible lesson which he could sit out if I wanted him to. So soon enough, he started coming home singing Jesus loves me, which was at first cute and funny, but I knew this was the beginning of me needing to find an alternative or fielding some confusion as he got older. Other children his age were also learning basic Islamic Kalima’s and etiquette in their schools and I was concerned he would be at a disadvantage later. It also started becoming quite important to me that his bottom be properly washed when he goes to the toilet and not just wiped, the practice of Istinja not being standard in non muslim schools. Call me pedantic, but these were the things that started me looking for more Islamic based schools in my area. I know it’s not necessarily the crux of the best education and the finest schools, but it’s a consideration. And I was lucky enough to find a school that could meet it.
I think these factors might be important to other Muslim parents as well. It took me some legwork to find a suitable school especially in the Northern suburbs in the Cape, so I have compiled a list that hopefully will make the search easier for others. Fees have been added where possible and are estimates only.
SLEEPY HOLLOW PRE-SCHOOL AND EDUCARE, SOUTHERN & NORTHERN SUBURBS
A franchised school with 13 branches in the Northern and Southern Suburbs. Full days and half days available.
Tel: 021 696 5877
BOORHAANOL NURSERY & PRE-SCHOOL, BO KAAP
Boorhaanol Centre, 26 Pentz Street, Bo Kaap, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423-7690
From R1300 per month
FOUNTAIN OF LIGHT MONTESSORI, ATHLONE
Half Days only.
6 Sony Road, Athlone, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
Tel: (021) 696-2647
From R1100 pm
EARTH ANGELS EDUPLAY, PARKLANDS
Daycare, Aftercare & Holiday Care, Childcare & Babycare to age 4. Call Zaheera Meeran
3 Terne Close, Parklands
Tel:021 556 4214
MUSLIMAHS AND TOTS, OTTERY
A Montessori based franchised school with branches in Johannesburg and Durban.
Cape Town branch in Ottery: Valota Farm, Lower Ottery Road, Philippi Horticultural
Tel: 072 504 8519
A combination of academic and Islamic teaching. From 3 to 6 years. Half days
9 Ramphalsingh Street, Cravenby Estate
Tel: 021 933 4440
HABIBIA NURSERY SCHOOL, RYLANDS
Duine Rd, Rylands, Cape Town, 7764, South Africa
Tel: 021 637 8516
SALAHUDIEN EDUCARE CENTRE, PRE-SCHOOL, GATESVILLE
Provides Academic and Islamic education. From 6 months to 6 years. Half days and Full days.
3 Haven Crescent, Gatesville, Athlone
Tel: (021) 802 6939 | 078 068 3811
From R650 per month
JOLLY TOTS MONTESSORI, RONDEBOSCH
A Montessori based pre school for ages 2 and half to 5 years old.
29 Karakul Road Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: 073 511 3339
THE CHILDRENS GARDEN EDUCARE
Montessori based. Structured islamic syllabus
Operating times 6.30am-6pm
Branch 1: 11 Civic road, Landsowne, Landline: 021 696 7886
Branch 2: 38 Brockhurst Road, Kenwyn, Landline: 082 816 7676
Monthly full day fee – R1050
NURUL ADFAAL MONTESSORI NURSERY SCHOOL, OTTERY
Serving the educational needs to surrounding communities of Ottery, Grassy Park and Lotus River.
Half days and Full days.
20 Adrian Road, Ottery, Western Cape, South Africa
Tel. (021) 703 4577
JUMPSTART PRE-SCHOOL & EDUCARE, KENWYN
JUMPSTART has a diverse student body of all religions, cultures and races, starting from Babies to Grade R.
10 Roath Street, Kenwyn
Tel: 021 797 8595 / Cell: 084 567 1963
HUSAMI EDUCARE, CRAVENBY
Situated at the Husami Masjid, Cravenby
Tel: 021 932 4184
LITTLE GREENIES, ATHLONE
Three branches in the Athlone area. They take ages 6 months to Grade 3.
Tel: 021 637 0954
CAMBRIDGE MONTESSORI SCHOOL
We are situated in Walmer Estate (CBD) area and we take on ages between 18months and 5 years(pre-grR). We follow a curriculum based on the Montessori Methodology, we are Fully Halaal and do Islamic Studies as a Learning Area. We also have extra murals that includes: Monkeynastix, Mini Soccer, Mini Cricket, Swimming(Aqua Crazy) and Drama Lessons by Isabel Buyers.
Our School Fees Ranges from: R1300 – R2000 p/month for 2017
Tel: 021 447 9549 : 072 214 8980
THE CHILDRENS GARDEN EDUCARE
Structured islamic syllabus
Operating times 6.30am-6pm
Kenwyn and lansdowne branch
Monthly full day fee- R1050
LITTLE MOOSE MONTESSORI 3-6 years small homebased pre-School
Address – 3 JF Cilliers Road ,Towsend Estate Goodwood
I have half day from 7h30 to 12h30 and fullday from 7h30 to 17h30. Halaal breakfast and lunch is served daily. I unfortunately do not have an Halaal certificate as yet.
Muslim Owner and Contact person – Hadieya Moosa
Tel: 082 5077 048
LITTLE ANGLES MONTESSORI Preschool, Rondebosch East
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ages 18 months to 6 years.
Half day and Full day. Meals included.
Holiday care. Safe and secure
Montessori and Islamic education.
133 5th Ave, Rondebosch East
Tel: 082 468 0875
LITTLE SPARKLES ISLAMIC BASED MONTESSORI
8 Block Rd Kenwyn
Principal: Abeda Badat
RONDEBOSCH MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL (ages 3 to 6 yrs)
We follow the Montessori curriculum and methodology.
Small class (max. 15 learners)
Half day: 8am to 12.30pm (drop off from 7.30am)
Full day: 8am to 5pm (drop off from 7.30am), warm lunch provided (halaal)
Tel: 021 6719838
DREAM BIG MONTESSORI
Accept children from 18 months and offers Madressah classes from 3 years old. SETA Accredited
2 Bothma Street, Monte Vista
Tel: 081 020 8986 / 083 276 7962
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MADRASSATUL FALAAGH CRECHE
Based at Bellville Mosque, Cnr. Of Durham and Hercules Streets, Bellville South
Offering both Islamic and secular education for children 1 to 5 years old.
Qualified teachers. Lunch included.
Operating Hours: Monday-Thursday: 07h30 to 17h00, Friday: 07h30 to 16h00.
Open during school holidays. Only closes in December.
Fees: R1200 per month.
Contact: Sumaya @ 021 951 7806
LITTLE FOLKS, LENASIA
Little Folks Nursery/Pre Primary School is a Registered Early Child Development (ECD) site. We are also Curriculum Assessment Policy (CAPS) compliant Grade R registered with the Department of Education. Half Days only.
4 Makriel Street, Extension 8, Lenasia, 1820
Tel: 011 854 3371 | 082 372 8223
From: R2150 per term
BUDZ ACADEMY FOR LITTLE PEOPLE, ROBERTSHAM
Islamic ethos. Half days.
011 680 6774
From R600 for playgroup
LITTLE PUMPKINS MONTESSORI NURSERY AND PRE PRIMARY SCHOOL, LENASIA
Cnr Protea and Bluefin drive, Lenasia, Johannesburg, 1820, South Africa
Tel: 082 462 5980
LENASIA MUSLIM ASS NURSERY SCHOOL
17 SWAN ST, Lenasia X 1, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Tel: 011 854 4861
NUR UL ISLAM NURSERY, LENASIA
Cnr Zebra and Oryx St, Rietfontein 1821, Gauteng
Tel: 011 854 1362
JACARANDA MONTESSORI, MONTGOMERY PARK
A small school located in the community driven suburb of Montgomery Park following the Montessori philosophy.
15 Beyers Naude Drive, Montgomery park, Randburg, 2195
Tel: 078 175 6131
A Montessori based school in Mckenzie Park offering a combination of academic and Islamic teaching as well as Day-care, Aftercare & Holiday Care, Childcare including Baby care.
65 Roan Street / 22 Dewald Hattingh Road, Mckenzie Park, Benoni
(011) 421 1886 – Cell 076 897 4682 email: email@example.com
3 Tritoma Street, Marlboro Gardens, Johannesburg (outskirts of Sandton)
011 444 1811 (weekdays 7am-5pm)
083 955 0998
MARIAM BEE SULTAN PRE-SCHOOL & MONTESSORI
The Mariam Bee Sultan Pre School and Montessori is a progressive, co-educational and non-denominational school, within an Islamic ethos.
222 Kenilworth Rd, Durban, 4091, South Africa
Tel: 031 207 7096
L’IL MUSLIMS NURSERY AND PRESCHOOL, DURBAN
From 2-6 years, Full day and Half days available. Combination of academic and Islamic curriculum.
340 Greypark road, Brighton Beach Bluff, Durban
Tel : 031 467 7429
46 Meerut Rd Atholl Heights 3629 KwaZulu-Natal
Tel: 084 688 7866
BRILLIANT MIND’S MONTESSORI SCHOOL, VERULAM
Small classes. Age 3-5 years. Half Days.
Tel: 0827076613 / 032 533 5609
GATEWAY MONTESSORI AND LEARNING CENTRE
Small classes, individual attention. Indoor and Outdoor play areas. Montessori syllabus integrated with CAPS. from 18 months to grade R.
Based at the Royal Palm Hotel opposite Gateway Shopping Centre.
Call Faheema Amojee 0846678662 for more information.
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