It is an absolute pleasure to welcome you to Woodridge Pre-Primary.

I am Ilse or Aunty Ilse, as the children affectionately refer to me. I knew from a very young age that I would love to teach young children. As they say, it is a calling. When I took over a ballet company, while still in high school, the bug bit me, and I have loved teaching ever since.

I completed my 4-year BEd Degree in 2004 at the Nelson Mandela University with Cum Laude and have since been blessed with the best teaching opportunities. Having started as an Afrikaans Grade R teacher at Sunridge Pre-Primary for nine beautiful years, before moving across to the English Grade R class for a further two years, in 2017, I took a leap of faith which saw me begin my journey as HOD at Woodridge Pre-Primary. It has been an incredible five years as I am fortunate to teach all ages ranging from 2 to 6 years old.

I live by the philosophy of simplicity, analysing every situation that presents itself and coming up with clear solutions, and learning from any mistakes made along the way. Creating a caring and friendly environment, incorporating diverse learning strategies, and helping children develop to their full potential is my life’s passion.

“Great teachers are lifelong pupils themselves. They aspire to model kindness, are dependable, reliable, and trustworthy. Teachers are advocates for their pupils, put their pupils first and leave life-changing imprints on their lives.”

Together with my dedicated team, we aspire to make our Pre-Primary a fun and happy place to be a part of and do our utmost to send the children home daily with their cups filled to the brim.

Ilse Botes


Within our beautiful environment, your children are free to experience learning through play and discovery.



As she is fondly known, Aunty Candice leads our Aftercare programme and ensures that the children are supervised at all times while they enjoy some free play.