Curriculum

Our Curriculum is based on weekly themes. Our focus is on development through age appropriate activities that are fun and educational.

Whilst we are sensitive to each Childs individual needs, different pace and learning approach, each child will be encouraged to participate in the following areas and skills which will ultimately lay the foundation for a well rounded, socially adapted, emotionally and intellectually confident child.

Practical Life

In this area, the child is taught skills for daily living. Enriching activities will be enjoyed by the child, and much is learnt through everyday interactions. Children gain information by using objects in the real world, by watching other children and by following the example of adults.

Language

Passive language ability is a pre requisite for the active use of language.   Passive language activities include:  listening to stories, poems and rhymes / paging through picture books / Interpretation of pictures and drawings to represent stories.

Active language is developed by giving the child the opportunity to relate, speak, describe, express, and role play. Each Childs language skills are enriched. Vocabulary and conversation is developed.

Number concepts

Through the early stages of number concepts, the child will establish a concrete understanding of quantities by comparing numbers and amounts i.e. more / less,    full / empty and also through games and perception activities in this area the child will learn to solve problems. 

Sensorial

The refining of the 5 senses is very important in the development of the child.  The child will begin using these senses from birth.  All these senses such as smell, taste, touch, hear and see enable the child to discover their world.

Cognitive

This development refers to the intellectual or mental development.  It includes the ability to perceive a problem and to solve it in an effective way. 
Children’s intellect must be stimulated from a baby.  Children must be encouraged to ask questions, examine things, read, be creative, and play thinking games.  Activities in the form of play is encouraged to develop logical reasoning, some examples:  discovering and naming the attributes of things / observing and describing how things are similar or different / sorting and matching / comparing and distinguishing / mechanical and rhythmic counting / fitting things together and taking them apart / learning to locate objects and places in the classroom etc

Creative

Each child is encouraged to express their creative freedom through art, drawing, colouring, painting, crafts etc. It gives the child a sense of freedom and self expression.

Motor Skills

The development of motor skills are vital to a Childs development as a whole.   During a child’s Preschool years (from baby to age 6), he makes rapid progress with regard to motor skills which enable him to explore his world and manipulate objects in his environment.   The child is born a helpless being, and develops physically to such an extent that by the age of 6 he is able to climb, run, go up and down stairs with alternating feet, hop skip, jump, catch a ball etc – these are all gross motor movements.   With regards to fine motor movements, he will progress with continuous practice to cut with scissors on a line, dress and undress, tie shoelaces, and draw pictures. 

Physical

These are all Play activities which are focused specifically on movement for muscle development and control and important for the child’s physical well being.  Through play he also learns about the world.  Different types of play are discovery play, constructive play, manipulated play, skill mastery play, fantasy play, and problem solving play.  By means of play the child learns scientific concepts, he learns to master skills and to use his body and muscles in various ways.

Social

Development in this area has to do with the ability to get on well with other human beings.  A child is not born a social being, and does not intuitively know what behaviour is socially acceptable.  Through interaction with various personalities (teachers and their school mates) children gain early social skills.

Respect

The children take an active part in caring for their school and for each other, they learn how to work together in a group, to share, to take turns and to be considerate of other people. This promotes an atmosphere of respect for others and for the environment in general.

Daily Routine

Our daily routine is balanced so that all children may get the benefit of a structured and well planned day.

There are many fun, exciting and stimulating activities through the day allowing the children to explore and develop within their appropriate age group – which in turn will assist each one to reach their necessary milestones.

Children learn through fun, repetition and of course having a hands on approach to explore and discover things for themselves.

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