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The Sunshine Association is a dynamic, progressive and innovative non-profit organisation in the field of intellectual disability, offering diverse services at many levels. All developments and services offered by the organisation are a direct response to the needs identified in the communities.


The Sunshine Centre Association is committed to the development and inclusion of children with disabilities and delays – intellectual, developmental, and physical – in partnership with families and communities.


In 1976 a group of concerned mothers, headed by Sylvia Langenhoven, formed a small playgroup for their young children with disabilities. The aim of the group was to provide the children with early intervention and stimulation, and to support the parents.
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The Sunshine Association provides Early Intervention Projects and Therapeutic Services to parents and caregivers of children with disabilities and delays.

Early Intervention Projects
  • Early intervention day care programme
  • Toy library
  • Home-based support
  • Youth and siblings programme
  • Volunteer programme
  • Various training programmes

Our Early Intervention Projects are offered in Craighall, Eldorado Park, and Elsburg (Germiston). These projects cater for children aged 18 months to 7 years with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities and delays. At two of the projects (Craighall and Eldorado Park) we also cater for able-bodied preschool children as part of the Inclusion Programme. The sizes of the classes are kept down to a minimum, with an average of 10 children per class to ensure individual attention.

Day care programmes run from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm with an Aftercare programme available at the Craighall centre. The Gauteng Department of Education school terms are followed. The children are supplied with two nutritious meals daily. School fees are determined by affordability of parents/families and a bursary facility is available should the family meet the required criteria. All classes are managed by a practitioner with a minimum of level 4 Early Childhood Development Qualification.

Therapeutic Services

Special Therapeutic assessments and regular input into the child's daily programme is provided by a Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist and Social Worker.

Therapeutic seating and positioning aids maximize the impact of the programmes. Adapted equipment aids the development of independence in each child and is an integral part of the programme.