In the spirit of neighbourliness, a Cape Town edu-care centre has opened its hearts and doors to their neighbours.

Kay-Dee Edu-care in Rosebank has welcome neighbours to join the first on many community markets they’re hoping to run.


Neighbours can get to know each other at the market, said Odette Leach, principal at Kay-Dee’s. She felt that a local market was the perfect way to foster the sense of community.

It is also an ideal opportunity for neighbours to make an extra bit of cash for the festive season.

Odette has lived in the area for 18 years  and has therefore always been community driven,

She is on the committee of the local community group Friends of the Rosebank and Mowbray Greenbelt (F.R.O.G) as well as member of the Little Mowbray Neighbourhood Watch.

Odette took over Kay-Dee’s 27 years ago and was determined to be a community business.

Kaydee’s Kids

Kay-Dee‘s currently has 80 children, ranging from 3 months old to Afterschool-care. The majority of children come from parents who work in the same area.

Many of Kay-Dee’s parents work in the surrounding office blocks while some parents are students at the University of Cape Town.

Employees at Groote Schuur and Red Cross hospitals make use of Kay-Dee’s services too.

Kay-Dee employs 16 staff members.  The children are well-educated, have lots of fun and are well cared for every day by the professional and caring staff.

Kay-Dee accepts children with special needs:indeed, most of the special needs children have been referred to them by the Red Cross Children’s Hospital and Vista Nova School.  Children are collected from the school for afterschool-care by the Kay-Dee bus as well.

In addition to Odette’s community involvement, the children are often active in the area too.

Odette said: “Once a year my children go and visit the old-age homes at Huis Luckhoff and Rosedale Retirement Village in Rosebank,”

They host a small concert and sing Christmas Carols for the elderly, who thoroughly enjoy it and look forward to each year. They also bake their own biscuits which they decorate themselves, to hand out as gifts to them.”

Kay-Dee’s children take great pride in helping to take care of the plants that were planted by the F.R.O.G members along the canal and they water them on a regular basis by using the river water.

Neighbourhood Market

This neighbourliness is extended to the community market, which is being held this Saturday 3rd December.

Odette said that there is a need in the area for residents to talk and get to know each other. The Rosebank and Mowbray community is therefore invited to sell items at or attend the market.

Anything can be sold, from food to bric-a-brac.

All neighbours have to do is to rent a stand for R50 and any money made on the day belongs to the stallholders. “It is a good opportunity for the community to make extra money and it will be a nice family outing,” said Odette.

Details of the market:

Date: Saturday, 3rd December 2016

Time: 9am – 2pm

Contact: [email protected] or [email protected]

Phone (021) 689 9615 from 8H00 18H00

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