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Train Kids Preschool Academy is a school where children are valued as young human beings with so much potential! This is a place where children can just be children and play while developing in all the areas (physical, emotional and social, cognitive, language)!


A school that is based on Christian beliefs and values and view each child as a unique child of God with endless possibilities!


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 


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 & Jackie Engelbrecht

Sweetie Pie class

Babies 3 – 12 months

My name is Dikeledi Chondo and I will be your child’s teacher in 2020.

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

I am a mother of an 11 year old 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 Jackie Engelbrecht who is currently studying for a B.Ed Foundation phase degree.


We are looking forward to getting to know you and your family in 2020.


Sandra Swart &
Hanri Lotz

Jelly Tots

3 – 4 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 and we work well together.

Please feel free to discuss anything with me. Suggestions are always welcome!


Teacher & assistant to be announced

Lollipop class

12 – 24 months

My name is Dikeledi Chondo and I will be your child’s teacher in 2020.

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

I am a mother of an 11 year old 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 Tascha Duijvestijn who is currently studying for her NQF level 1 qualification in child care.


We are looking forward to getting to know you and your family in 2020.

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To be announced &
Tiffanie Bergsma

Smartie class

4 – 5 years

My name is Alette and I am in the fortunate position to undertake a journey of learning with every smart child in the Smarties class.

I studied early childhood development at the University of Pretoria and a lifelong dream became a reality the day I walked into my own classroom.

Here at Train Kids I have the opportunity to live out the best part of that dream: teaching young children through play".

My assistant Tiffanie and I are passionate about children and education and love seeing how children develop.


Dedré Stephens & Tascha Duijvestijn

Marshmallow class

2 - 3 years

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. We do not have children of our own yet…


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 myself and my assistant, Tascha Duijvestijn on a daily basis.


Please feel free to ask questions and make suggestions.

Let’s make this a great year!

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André Botha

Faktotum & Security


Dieter Botha 





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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