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First Children

Cape Town

First Children - Auburn House Trust

First Children is the outreach arm of the Auburn House Trust, which has over 30 years’ experience in Early Childhood Development using the Montessori approach.

The Trust was formed as part of the flagship Montessori school Auburn House. Established in 1984, Auburn House was one of the first culturally diverse schools in South Africa.

Our belief is that nurturing the creativity and independence of the child is at the heart of quality education, and with the right support teachers can create a safe and stimulating environment that instils a life-long love of learning.

Our Story

Society needs active citizens who can think independently, have empathy for others and a strong sense of individual responsibility. Adults who work in Early Childhood Development (ECD) play a vital role in enabling children to develop these characteristics.

The objectives of the First Children Programme are to:

  • Start and stabilize preschools, increasing the resilience and number of ECD facilities in marginalised areas.

  • Undertake formal training of ECD practitioners, strengthening the pipeline and capacity of ECD teachers and trainers in the South African education system.

  • Develop and support parents, ECD mentors, classroom assistants and teachers, ensuring that local women benefit from training and capacity development.

First Children is a programme developed by the Auburn House Trust, grown out of a small team’s dedication to ECD through the Montessori philosophy over the last 30 years. The programme runs mainly in the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces of South Africa.

The team provides Montessori trainees (teachers and classroom assistants in ECD centres) with study support – vital for those who are not first language English speakers.

The programme offers guidance to trainees to start their own schools within their communities and assists teachers in acquiring the skills required to pursue a career in the classroom.

First Children also provides hands-on mentoring, opportunities for teachers to make Montessori educational materials for the classroom and workshops for childminders and parents.

Working with the Botany Cabinet
Buttoning Frame

Our Projects

Through generous donations, First Children has been able to purchase materials for 3 environments:

Ikhaya Labantwana Montessori

Nci Nci One Montessori

Jonga Montessori

First Children - Material Making
Material Making
First Children - Geometric Cabinet
The Geometric Cabinet
Building the Pink Tower

Our Wishlist

Our next project is for a school in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Here is their wishlist of items that are needed.

Childrens House will deliver the items directly to the school. 

If you would like to donate any of these products to our school, please add the items to your basket and checkout.

Please indicate Kayamandi School Donation in the note section at checkout.

After the items have been delivered, we will be in touch to give you an update from the school.

Want to help?

Perhaps you want to assist in another way, such as training, mentoring or teaching.

Our Location

Auburn House Trust

Auburn Road


Cape Town



Phone: +27 82 789 8852

NPO Registration: 205-414

PBO: 930063753


Material to Donate?

45 Golden Bead Hundred Squares

If you have pre-owned material in reasonably good condition that you would like to donate to this school, please let us know.

If your donated item is missing some pieces, we will do our best to complete it with our own spares.

Depending on the condition of the material, we may be able to refurbish and/or repair it.

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