Sarah Justus, the founder of Firm Foundation, has been in the business since 1981. She ran a small home-based daycare for several years. In 1988 Sarah was approached by Vincent Pallotti hospital to set up a crèche on their premises. This crèche flourished; however, Sarah enjoyed smaller home-based childcare. She decided to sell the Vincent Pallotti crèche and started again with a small group of babies from home.
Thus Firm Foundation was established in 1992, starting with just six babies. This school grew steadily year by year and is now the thriving home away from home that it is today.
Claire is our manager; she joined us in 2017. Claire taught for nine years in the United Arab Emirates. Before joining us, she returned to South Africa and joined The Angel Starfish Educare Centre in Hout Bay as deputy principal.
Our staff complement is 20, some of whom have been at Firm Foundation for 20 years. We choose our staff for their hearts, as well as their qualifications. Whilst we appreciate that formal training is essential, no amount of it can take the place of genuine love for the work.