Opportunity closing date: 01 July 2022

Opportunity type: Employment

HOPE Cape Town seeks to appoint a Foundation Phase Educator (Special needs)

HOPE Cape Town is a registered non-profit organisation based in Cape Town, dedicated to raising

the quality of life of people and communities. Emphasis is placed on children, adolescents, and their families in situations of poverty, HIV and related illnesses.

Firmly grounded in the third decade of delivering service and programs in marginalised communities, HOPE Cape Town’s vision and strategy beyond 2022 focus on:

  • First 1 000 Days program for new mothers, babies and toddlers;
  • Paediatric HIV medical care/ retention in care and occupational therapy;
  • Preventative healthcare and support
  • Early learning and school preparedness for pre-school children;
  • Screening and support for neuro diverse children (specifically in the reception year of schooling)
  • Literacy and Numeracy assistance and school retention for primary school learners; Improving
  • Maths, English, Information Technology and school retention for high school learners;
  • Dual Vocational Training and Education for Youth;
  • Skills development, artisanal opportunities and income generating projects for adults;
  • Democratic practice and community participation;

Position description:

We are looking for an experienced and motivated foundation phase educator who is passionate about special needs education and community development. The purpose of this position is to take responsibility for the establishment and running of a grade R class focussing on neuro diverse children at our campus in Delft.

Foundation Phase Teacher Duties:

  • Establish a grade R teaching facility
  • Design and implement workplace procedures and policies
  • Liaise with Western Cape Departments of Education and Social Development, other non-profit organisations and stakeholders in order to establish partnerships and communication pathways.
  • Ensure compliance to all regulatory body requirements.
  • Screen and recruit suitable learners
  • Modify existing curriculum on basic subjects to meet each learners learning requirements and build individual lesson plans tailored to their specific needs.
  • Assist and inspire learners to achieve learning milestones.
  • Deliver relevant curriculum.
  • Drive literacy and numeracy content and practice; Keep track of and reflect on learner progress
  • Monitor learners’ behavioural patterns and arrange appropriate interventions if needed
  • Manage classroom crises and resolve conflict.
  • Assess learners progress
  • Prepare learners for transition to the next grade
  • Inform parents about their child’s performance and potential problems
  • Coach/mentor other staff members who will work with children with special needs.
  • Collaborate with the support team e.g., psychologist, occupational therapist etc to create holistic intervention plans.


  • Possess a recognised 4-year foundation phase teaching qualification (B.Ed)
  • Be CAPS trained
  • Understand various Teaching and Learning Methodologies and Strategies
  • Experience working with neurodiverse learners
  • Ability to create Individual Education Plans (IEP)
  • Be prepared to participate in afterschool activities and the teacher development programme
  • Ability to teach in English (Communication Skills in Afrikaans / Xhosa advantageous)
  • Intermediate level competency using Microsoft Applications (MsWord, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Registered with South African Council of Educators (SACE)
  • A Dynamic, energetic, friendly teaching personality
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Drivers licence with independent transport
  • No criminal record

To apply:

Please draft a letter of motivation addressed to the Administrator detailing why you are

interested in this opportunity along with your CV and at least 3 contactable references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Please use: Foundation Phase Educator Application in the title line of the email.

Please Note: Only applications which comply to minimum requirements (with all requesteddocumentation provided) will be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview phase.

For more about HOPE Cape Town, refer to