Registering a tertiary institution

Before you can offer tertiary education in South Africa, you must first register as a private higher education institution with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). The purpose of registration is to ensure that: Private institutions offer quality education The public is protected against unscrupulous and exploitative operators The student obtains qualifications that are aligned with the Higher Education Qualifications Fra...
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Operating a childcare business from day to day

Once you are ready to welcome children into your childcare centre, there are still some operational issues to iron out and systems to put in place. Before you can register a child, you have to sign an agreement with the parents, setting out your role and policies of what kind of care will be given, and what you cannot be held responsible for. Showing the parents that there are regulations being adhered to will add to their comfort level of lea...
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A guide to opening a nursery school or crèche

You would like to open a nursery school. You have done the background research and decided on the size of your centre, the type of services you will offer and what you will need to get your business off the ground. So let’s kick off the process. The first order of business is to find an appropriate site for your business. Choosing the right location If you are going to open your business on a commercial site, it should either be close to ...
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Before you start a business in childcare

Childcare centres such as pre-schools and crèches have in recent years become a thriving, high demand industry. As more and more parents have to work full time, the need for good quality childcare creates the perfect opportunity for an entrepreneur who is interested in entering this field. There is a lot of research to be done and many factors to consider before you can go ahead and start a nursery school. Let’s look at some of the most imp...
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Registering an independent school

According to South Africa’s Constitution, everyone has the right to establish independent educational institutions. However, the registration process can be a long and an arduous one. The process may differ slightly between provinces, but following minimum requirements must be met. Independent schools are defined as private schools that are registered with the Department of Education for offering basic education programmes in terms of the Sout...
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