Our mission

To assist communities and parents to acquire knowledge of, and training in all aspects of the creation, development, management and administration of Early Childhood Development and Community Development.

Our vision

Custoda has a commitment to a process by which communities can increase their personal and institutional capacity to manage and mobilise resources to produce sustainability and justly distribute improvement in family circumstances.

Our values

  • The Power of Unconditional Love 

  • The Grace of Forgiveness 

  • The Beauty of Compassion 

  • The Purity of Truth 

  • The Strength of Perseverance 

  • The Discipline of Self-Control 

  • The Embrace of Acceptance 

  • The Courage of Accountability 


Tsholofelo Cogang

Hello everyone, my name is Tsholofelo Cogang. I am from Kuruman. I have 8 years experience as an ECD practitioner. From my teaching background , I am now working as a  grade R teacher.

I started my ECD journey with Ecd level 4 in 2018 and my level 5 in 2021 at Custoda trust ,sponsored by Sioc-cdt. During this journey there were obstacles and challenges, but it never stopped me from learning. Through this journey, I’ve become more accountable, confident, and adapted at advanced skills. I was the top student at Custoda Trust on both NQF Level 4 and 5. Custoda helped me grow and inspired me a lot through the prizes and awards I received.

In my life I realized that teaching is not just a career to me, but a calling. When I was busy with my ECD level 5 studies, I  also enrolled for Diploma in Grade R with SANTS University. I have completed my ECD Level 5 in 2022 and my Diploma in grade R in 2023. At SANTS I was paying for myself, one income wasn’t enough, I had to do something with my life to be able to pay for my studies. I started a small bussines selling (Avon) Perfumes. In my first year, the second semester, I received a NYS learnership from the Department of Education. My stipend was R2 100, my monthly study fees were R2 300, I never had a problem to make payment, and I couldn’t believe that one of these days I would be smiling like now.

This year, 2024, I have enrolled for a degree in foundation phase. It is not only about doing my degree, it’s about personal growth, meaningfull connections, and values. After my Ecd level 4 & 5 at Custoda Trust I definitely have more confidence in doing new things in my life. I also completed my facilitator, assessor and moderator courses. My personal development has grown so much that I now do things outside of my comfort zone.

I enjoy obtaining new skills, this ECD qualification has given me so much more knowledge and opened the doors to my future. All I can say is that:

“Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion”.

Onkarabile Borake

As I take a moment to reflect on my educational journey, I am filled with a profound sense of gratitude and accomplishment. My path began with a humble yet pivotal decision to pursue Early Childhood Development Level 4 at Custoda Trust. This foundational step not only ignited my passion for education but also laid the groundwork for my future endeavors.

The nurturing environment and comprehensive curriculum at Custoda Trust equipped me with the necessary skills and knowledge to embark on the next phase of my educational journey. Armed with a solid foundation in Early Childhood Development, I set my sights on broader horizons and enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program at UNISA.

My time at UNISA has been nothing short of transformative. Each course, lecture, and assignment has propelled me forward, challenging me to expand my perspectives and refine my teaching methodologies. As I enter my final year, I am proud to say that I have grown immeasurably, both personally and professionally.

Through perseverance and dedication, I have embraced the complexities of education, recognizing its profound impact on shaping young minds and fostering a brighter future. From theories of pedagogy to practical classroom strategies, my journey has been a continuous evolution of learning and growth.

Looking ahead, I am excited about the possibilities that await me. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of education and a passion for making a difference, I am confident in my ability to inspire and empower the next generation of learners. My journey from Early Childhood Development Level 4 to the culmination of my Bachelor of Education degree symbolizes not only my academic achievements but also my unwavering commitment to excellence.

I am profoundly grateful for the support of my instructors, mentors, and peers who have guided me along this journey. Their wisdom, encouragement, and unwavering belief in my potential have been instrumental in shaping the person I am today.

As I stand on the precipice of a new chapter, I am filled with excitement and anticipation. My educational journey has been a testament to the power of resilience, determination, and lifelong learning. I am eager to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, confident in my ability to make a meaningful impact in the field of education.

What we strive for

  • Have well-equipped ECD sites within walking distance for young children. (easy access)

  • Establish a healthy nutritional programme

  • Establish an awareness of recycling and make use of waste materials for ecological growth and affordability

  • Support adults and children living with HIV/ Aids and inclusivity of HIV/ Aids and/or special needs, children with disabilities

  • Build partnerships with organisation’s implementing early childhood development programmes

  • Provide training opportunities for Early Childhood Development caregivers and practitioners

  • Advocate policies and practices that create improved conditions for young children

  • Promote effective, affordable and replicable models for ECCE centres inclusive of babies

  • Support and strengthen organisation’s and communities which offer early childhood development services

  • Provide community development and skills programmes to facilitate economic growth in communities


Further Education and Training Certificate: Early Childhood Development NQF Level 4 

Higher Certificate in ECD: NQF Level 5

Life skills training for women, youth and families

Financial management and committee training


Assistance and training in small business management

Assisting communities to build their own safe, well-equipped buildings

Organisational development and project development

Conduct outcomes based assessment


Organisational development: This programme enhances the capacity and effectiveness of ECD organisations and communities surrounding the ECD organisations. It develops and sustains effective structures, systems and procedures for high quality management, and develops organisational competencies –the understanding, knowledge, skills and attitudes –appropriate to the day-to-day leadership and management of ECD organisations


Design and development of own training programmes

Outreach and aftercare programmes

Advocacy of policies and practices to continuously improve the conditions of children.

Reached 270 ECD Centres, 323 practitioners and more than 11 000 young children in the Northern Cape (directly) despite the Covid-19 pandemic