The Butterfly Centre was established due to an ever increasing need in the area for specialised education in the Stanford area and beyond. Children with certain barriers to learning are being turned away from the mainstream, without many other options available to them and their families. Such children are falling through the cracks and risk growing up isolated and unemployable. However, given the right opportunities, these children can find their own special skills and talents and build on these for a successful adult life.

According to, special needs education can be defined as,

“The education of children who differ socially, mentally or physically from the average to such an extent that they require modifications of usual school practices. Special education serves children with emotional, behavioural or cognitive impairments or those with intellectual, hearing, vision, speech or learning disabilities; gifted children with advanced academic abilities; and children with orthopaedic or neurological impairments”.

At the Butterfly Centre our staff can give one on one attention needed as well as using specialised tools and educational techniques to help these children thrive. We have had major success stories already since opening in 2014, and we can’t wait to see what our children can achieve in future.

The children also benefit from therapies and volunteer services, including Occupational Therapy, Music, Art and Sports coaching.

Each child follows an Individualised Education Plan, based on a deviation from the CAPS curriculum.