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Scatterlings was founded in Johannesburg in 2003 by Theresa Aaronson.

Following a successful career in the film and television industry, Theresa moved into advertising and marketing.

Some years later, she established her own advertising agency. Clients included local and international brands.

Two pilot centres, Miracle Baby Centre and Preschool were opened in Hillbrow in 2006. Both centres which are owned by Esimy Kabeya, continue to operate today. 


Esimy, who was the first women entrepreneur in the group, expanded the Scatterlings footprint, and now owns a group of ECD centres, as well as a handful of primary schools.

Theresa Aaronson
Theresa Aaronson

"High quality early learning and development programmes taught by trained individuals play a crucial role in the development and learning abilities of young, disadvantaged and vulnerable children from low-income households."
Theresa Aaronson, founder, Scatterlings

Theresa's interest in early childhood development programmes, was ignited when she adopted her daughter, Christen-Ella in 2002. 


She saw the impact that the programmes had on Christen-Ella, and recognised the enormous potential for similar ECD interventions for children born into poverty in South Africa.


But Theresa's visions didn't end there: she wanted to include the country's  disadvantaged women and train them to establish and manage their own quality ECD centres.

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