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At Train Kids Preschool Academy each child is valued as an individual with unlimited potential.

With the Learn through play methodology children are encouraged to explore and learn through play.

They get to simply be children while developing holistically.

This means that they develop physically, emotionally, socially, cognitively, and linguistically.

All through the Train Kids’ guided play method.

Train Kids is a school grounded on Christian beliefs and values with the love of God at the core of everything we do.

A preschool of distinction!

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The school is the brain child of one woman, Christali Botha, who is at present in Education for 42 years and counting.


She studied preschool and Foundation Phase Education in the seventies for four years, a Higher Diploma in Education. She then started teaching at various preschools for 7 years and was promoted to lecture Preschool Education at tertiary education institutions.


Due to the many changes in Education in the nineties, preschool Education as a Course of Study was terminated. She then studied in another direction and lectured Technology as a school subject for a further 6 years.


All Colleges of Education were closed down in the late nineties and she was promoted as a First Education Specialist at the Education District Office in Alberton for 7 years.


From there she explored different teaching possibilities and positions at Private Education Institutions. She then obtained an assessor`s and moderator`s qualification in ECD Education.


In 2013 she returned to Preschool Education and as a Facilitator and Assessor for ECD NQF Level 4 in Gauteng. She also lectured in the Birth to Four years Curriculum of the Gauteng Province and the Learn not to Burn Programme of Gauteng. She was also involved in training members of the Social Development Team in the Eastern Cape in the Learn not to Burn Programme.


While facilitating the numerous training sessions and supporting and assisting a huge number of students at a variety of preschools, a desire and an idea were born to establish a preschool of distinction, one that will adhere to all the by-laws, children-acts, constitutions, curricula, policies, and one that will stand out from the rest.


TRAIN KIDS Preschool Academy was born!

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Christali Botha 


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Leoni Boucher 

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My name is Leoni Boucher. I completed my BA degree in Human Science (Education & Pshycology) at the old Rand Afrikaans University.

After being a house wife for 16 years, I joined Christali Botha when she opened the school 1 April 2017 and it has become my second home. The school’s logo - TRAIN UP YOUR CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO – is something I strongly believe in.

At Train Kids we create a loving atmosphere where children feel safe and are taught through play. The best part about this is that I get to play with!

Every child at the school is treated as if they are my own.

I just have the best job and I get to laugh every day!

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Dikeledi Chondo, Ilse Conradie
& Chandré Schuwlst

Sweetie Pie class

Babies 3 – 24 months

My name is Dikeledi Chondo and I will be your child’s teacher in 2022.

I am studying through UNISA to obtain my B.Ed qualification in the Foundation phase.

I am a mother of a daughter named Lesedi.

In my free time I like to listen to gospel music and read.

I am friendly person and passionate about working with children.


I will be assisted by Chandré Schwultz who has experience working at preschools as well as Ilse Conradie. Both assistants have committed to starting their studies.


We are looking forward to getting to know you and your family in 2022.

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Sandra Swart &
Hanri Lotz

Jelly Tots

4 – 5 years

My name is Sandra Swart and I am the teacher of the Jelly Tots class.


I obtained my NQF Level 4 in June 2019.

I love working with children and I am excited to get to know you and your family.


I am married to Leon and we have 2 daughters named Amy-Lee and Kaylie.


I have a very capable assistant in Hanri Lotz, who will be completing her second year of her

B.Ed degree in the Foundation phase in 2022.


Looking forward to a great 2022!

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Dedré Stephens &
Monique Kossmann

Lollipop class

24 - 36 months

My name is Dedré or Didi for short.  Teaching is an absolute passion of mine and I am so excited to be working with you and your child.


I am married to my best friend Keven. My little girl Ivanka is now 1 year old.

I grew up in Alberton. I attended Hoërskool Dinamika and completed Matric in 2012.


I completed my ECD NQF Level 4 qualification at the Teacher and Learning centre.

I believe that a child deserves nothing but unconditional love.

This will be given to your child by me and my assistant Monique Kossmann on a daily basis.


Let’s make this a great year in the Lollipops class!

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Hanli Erasmus &
Tiffanie Bergsma

Smartie class

4 – 5 years

My name is Hanli Erasmus and I look forward to growing and learning with every child in the Smarties class.


I studied Foundation phase education at the University of Pretoria. My passion lies with children and seeing them grow and learn.


My assistant Tiffanie Bergsma is studying towards her Early Childhood Development qualification.


We are passionate about children and learning through play.


We look forward to getting to know you and your family in 2022.

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Tascha Duijvestijn,
Kwamé Davis & Shandré Enslin

Marshmallow class

3 - 4 years

My name is Tascha Duijvestijn and I will be your child’s teacher in 2022.

I have completed my NQF Level 4 in Early childhood development.


I am in a relationship with Kyle and do not have any children of my own yet.

I have a passion for kids and working with children is what I love.

I will be assisted by Kwamé Davis & Shandré Enslin who is preparing to study in 2022.


We are looking forward to getting to know you and your family in 2022.



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André Botha

Faktotum & Security


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Lesson planning for all age groups are done by the teachers in conjunction with the director and principal.

A daily routine is followed that is age appropriate.


Lessons are presented in both Afrikaans and English but the child is addressed in the language the parents prefer.

The REGGIO EMILIA approach is followed by the whole school.

Each child will receive a complete report card for their applicable milestones.

Support plans are developed when a challenge is experienced.

The whole school is under 24 hour camera surveillance.



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You are welcome to complete the accompanying form do to an application for enrolment.

If your application is successful, you will be notified within 2 days and you will be invited for a meeting to discuss the Enrolment form.



Train Kids Preschool Academy aims to ensure the health and safety of all the people concerned at the school.

Please read more about our safety measures and SPRINKLE SPRAY.



Our Health & Safety policy is available on request.

No antibiotics will be administered at the school.

All other medication must be signed in for the principal/vice-principal to administer.

SPRINKLE SPRAY services the school weekly to disinfect the school with a non-toxic, alcohol based disinfectant.

The whole school is cleaned on a daily basis.




Our friendly security guard is on duty from 06:30 – 08:15 & 14:00 – 17:30.

In between those times he cleans the entire playground.

We are contracted to FOX Security with a medical alert button in the one class.

The principal and one staff member is Level 2 First Aid qualified, other staff members are level 1 qualified.

No person will gain access to the premises without an appointment.



Our menu is adapted to the season

We follow a 2 week cycle

All food is bought from Checkers Food Services

Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Snack is served each day

Water is given every hour

We do not cater for Halal, Kosher or Vegetarian dishes

We will accommodate allergies and medical conditions

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Friday is: Make-and-bake day!

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