• We care about the current and future wellness of our staff, children and community.
  • We foster a supportive and enabling environment.
  • We strive to empower and build the capacity of people to realize their full potential.

Holistic Development

  • We commit to developing children who are well-rounded, critical thinkers, entrepreneurial, innovative and responsible citizens.
  • We accept our key priority is to provide a quality education to all children who have the potential to succeed.
  • We promote equity of access and fair opportunities so as to give every child included in the CDC program, the best chance of academic and professional success.

Respect for Diversity

  • We encourage a multiplicity of opinions and culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • We seek ways to incorporate the voices and experiences of all communities.
  • We support internationalisation through enrolment of international students, exchange of students and staff, diversification of programmes, promotion of collaborative research and cultural exchange.

Equity and Fairness

  • We respond actively to address past inequities.
  • We treat all persons fairly in accordance with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.


  • We engage with our stakeholders and communities with special emphasis on the Cape Town Metropole.
  • We encourage reciprocal relations with regional, national and international collaborators and sponsors.


  • We value and reward excellence in the performance of our staff and children, and take pride in our facilities and services.
  • We commit to principles of good governance, quality management and continuous improvement in business processes.


  • We nurture creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship as integral to effecting our vision and mission.
  • We enhance our capacity for creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and financial sustainability by establishing mutual partnerships with government, business and other community stakeholders, at a regional, national and international level.


  • We act with integrity, communicate respectfully and accept responsibility for our words and actions.
  • We require ethical and professional behaviour by all persons associated with the CDC.
  • We conduct our activities in an accountable and transparent manner.