Our History

Early Care Foundation, formerly ASHA Trust, has had a rich and meaningful journey in South Africa, having evolved from an organisation called African Self-Help Association established in 1938.

Our History

Early Care Foundation, formerly ASHA Trust, has had a rich and meaningful journey in South Africa, having evolved from an organisation called African Self-Help Association established in 1938.

1938

Association established to provide pre-school care of working mothers in Soweto.

1990

ASHA Trust formed as a separate entity to hold and manage the assets of the Association consisting of the 41 pre-school buildings in Soweto.

2009

Trust becomes operational in the informal ECD sector.

Initiation of the Bramfischerville ECD building project.

Development of first ECD skills development training facility.

2012

Launch of Bramficherville Centre of Excellence

Materials development to address knowledge and skills gap of practitioners

2015

Presence in 2 provinces: Gauteng and Mpumalanga.

2017

Expansion into third province: North West.

2018

Expansion to four provinces.

Rebranding into Early Care Foundation

2019

Receives QCTO accreditation for our first full qualification in ECD Level 4.

We are proud

As an organisation, we are proud of our history and the 80-year contribution towards the excellence of early childhood development in South Africa.

As an organisation,
we are proud of our history and the 80-year contribution towards the excellence of early childhood development in South Africa.

From our Archives

We have been around for a long time. Here are a few images from our past.

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