What originally started as an informal daycare center established by a fynbos farmer in Stanford over a decade ago has since grown and developed into two fully-fledged academies – each of which is registered as an independent school with the Department of Education. One of these academies is Fynbos Academy.
The original daycare center established on the farm was set up to provide a safe place for children to go after school whilst their parents were out working. However, once opened, it did not take long for the teachers in charge to realize that most of the children in their care were far behind where they should be academically.
It was gradually realized that these children needed help, so the decision was made to upgrade the daycare center and turn it into a facility that provides professionally qualified educators to assist with daily homework and extra tuition in literacy and numeracy required to enable each child to reach their full potential.
The center became the first academy that was born out of the project and was renamed Fynbos Academy.
Fynbos Academy has 55 learners, and 6 Teachers. The grades available are grade RR to grade 6, with the aim to extend the school to grade 7.
The children are transported daily from a radius of approximately 40 kilometers, mostly from surrounding farms.
The school’s focus is smaller classes, to assist learners that come from difficult circumstances that are unlikely to do well in large classes.
Breakfast and lunch are served at the school.