Day care centres may be intended for children but starting one is certainly no child’s play. It requires a lot of preparation, documentation and self-discipline. This is according to Monica Rampyapedi (42), the owner Simba Educare Centre, a newly established day care centre in Clayville Extension 9 which will be opening its doors on 03 April 2018.
This has been a long term dream for Rampyapedi which she says took years of careful planning. “I have been passionate about this business since the days of my youth because we had one back home in Soweto. So, I have 15 years’ experience in the space,” she said.
Rampyapedi believes that the day care centres in the area do not respond well to the needs of parents and Simba Educare will fill this gap. “Parents are young and they need to attend funerals, parties and weekend’s away and this is the space where we will get our clients. Also some parents travel, some work night shifts so Simba will be there to assist” she adds.
The Olifants asked Rampyapedi if the day care centre was registered with the correct authorities such as the Department of Social Development and others. “Simba has a Social Development certificate and it is compliant with eKurhuleni Municipality as we applied for the consent. We have also engaged with the health department of the municipality who will be visiting the day care on a regular basis to check if all is still in order,” she said.
Additional to Rampyapedi’s excellent educational background she says the centre has 3 experienced teachers and it can accommodate up to 30 children. “For me this is not just about another source of income. For instance, my educational background and my plans speak to this vision. I have a B Com in Management with UNISA and I am pursuing my PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education), my sister has a B Com Accounting and PGCE” she said.