About Cotlands

Cotlands is a non-profit early childhood development organisation addressing the education and social crisis by establishing early learning playgroups and toy libraries in under-resourced communities to serve vulnerable children aged birth to six.  


Founded in 1936, Cotlands was originally created as a sanctuary for abandoned babies. It all started one night when a baby was left on the doorstep of Matron Dorothy Reece's home in Mayfair, Johannesburg. She decided to take the infant in and care for it and so, Cotlands was born out of this single act of kindness.


To see children in South Africa thrive in their formative years.


Cotlands provides children with effective, high impact health, psychosocial and early learning play based development opportunities to help them thrive.


Cotlands operations are underpinned by the following values:

  • Responsibility
  • Excellence
  • Impact
  • Possibilities
  • Responsiveness
  • Play

Organisational Profile

Cotlands has been a beacon of hope for thousands of vulnerable children since 1936. Now operating in 5 provinces – Gauteng, Kwazulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Mpumalanga – Cotlands reaches thousands more through its high impact early childhood development programme. 

Brand Story

Children grow – and so have we. Today, Cotlands is a national non-profit organisation providing early learning playgroups, toy libraries, nutrition, health, psychosocial and residential child care  in five provinces. Our brand and services continue to evolve to remain relevant to the communities we serve.

National Footprint

Currently operating in five provinces in South Africa, Cotlands provides a range of services to more than 8, 000 beneficiaries nationally.

Our Partners and Sponsors

Every financial contribution and service offering to our organisation makes it possible for us to continue providing for the vulnerable children in our country. With the assistance from our corporate donors, trusts, foundations, government, community groups and individuals, we are able to build a strong foundation of support for those who need it most.