Theresa Aaronson, the originator and brain child behind the Scatterlings concept is a South African businesswoman and a mother of a six-year old. With 20 years corporate business experience and a BCom degree, majoring in accounting and psychology, she has spent most of her career in advertising and marketing. Her exceptional strengths in promotional marketing, business to business marketing and public relations enabled her to start many successful businesses. Her involvement with commercially available Early Childhood Development programmes in Johannesburg, the undeniable positive impact this has had on her own child, and an awareness of the tremendous need throughout South Africa for similar ECD interventions, have generated in her the enthusiasm for an early learning programme that requires little or no financial commitment from parents or caregivers. Accordingly, and with the assistance of two close associates – a psychologist and an administrator – the notion of a funded, integrated or holistic approach to Early Childhood Development was developed.
The Scatterlings ECD programme development has taken four years to develop and during this time the team, has grown to include Angela Schaefer, Bronwyn Peake, Nqobani Mkhwanazi and Mana Ngwenya.
Angela Schaefer, a BCom graduate, having majored in Commercial Law and Management is a mother of 3 and has a special interest in children. She has had commercial experience in setting up and running a training college, focusing particularly on administration, bookkeeping and generally overseeing the daily operations. She has also spent time working on a temporary basis, mainly in the personal assistant, secretarial and typist fields.
Nqobani Mkhwanazi, a 2002 St Cyprian’s graduate and head girl. Nqobani is the brain child behind the “Girl-Child in Afrika” project; this project involves the community in raising funds to provide bursaries and scholarships to girls from financially disadvantaged backgrounds to attend a school, which is a centre of excellence. Nqobani’s community efforts have already won her the Human Dignity Award presented by St. George’s Cathedral and the prestigious Kurt Hahn 2002 Award for commitment to fund raising for HIV/AIDS and her leadership qualities. In conjunction with Pieter-Dirk Uys, Nqobani helped raise funds by selling beadwork produced by an NGO called Wola Nani for families affected by HIV/AIDS.
Bronwyn Peake is a Remedial Therapist. She holds a Higher Diploma in Education from the Johannesburg College of Education, Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Africa, a Diploma in Remedial Education (Cum Laude) and Honors BED (Specialising in Special Needs Education). She is working on her MED in Special Needs Education. Currently Bronwyn is the Academic Support Therapist at the Girls’ Prep at St Stithians College runs a private practice in the afternoons.
Peter Aaronson, a Director of 5th Avenue Properties which specialises in Commercial Property Letting and Development has been instrumental in funding the Research and Development Phases, the Training Centre and a Pilot Project in Bryanston.
Andrew Schaefer, Managing Director of Trafalgar Property Management Services has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Cambridge and an MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.) He will be dedicating funds from the Trafalgar Group of Companies to set up Scatterlings Day Care Centres in many of the buildings the company manages and/or owns.