Developing the Whole Child
Formal structured schooling is purposely excluded from Kyalami Ridge Crèche and Preschool as it is considered inappropriate for this stage of the child's development.
Instead, children learn through play by engaging in weekly themes, art and crafts, singing and movement, educational games, emergent mathematics/science and fantasy play.
Encouraging the child's use of language and general knowledge by awakening his/her curiosity, through fact and fiction stories, theme discussions, current affair projects, songs and rhymes, puppets and flannel board stories.
This covers all the senses, Visual, Auditory, Tactile, Smell and Taste, as well as educational games e.g. Puzzles, block construction, dominoes and memory games, which help to develop concentration, abstract reasoning, number concepts, shapes and colour discrimination and also provides a daily opportunity for Senso-pathic play such as sand, water and mud.
Physical Development (Large or gross motor skills)
The first 5 years of life are mainly spent in the development of motor skills such as coordination of movement, balance and building muscle strength and tone. Therefore physical development is initiated by providing outdoor equipment, spacious grounds to play, planned physical activities, as well as training in personal hygiene and independence in toilet training and dressing.
Social and Emotional Development
Helping the child to form stable relationships through interaction with his/her peers and teachers by encouraging the sense of responsibility, consideration for others, self-confidence, independence and self-control. Giving the child daily classroom tasks to perform, e.g. watering the classroom plants, helping to setup and pack away toys, sharing and taking turns during group games and activities. Also, encouraging self expression in the form of art and spoken word.
The child is given opportunities to experiment with a variety of materials in art and music. Encouraging the child to be creative and expressive and awakening in him/her the growing awareness and appreciation of beauty by providing beautiful gardens and making the child aware of nature, birds, insects, flowers and the changes of seasons.
Art Activities/Fine Motor Skills
Developing the fine muscles skills in a creative form such as drawing, painting, making collages, molding and cutting on daily basis. Art activities are an outlet for feelings and expression. They have a calming effect on the child and help to enrich his/her imagination. Creative art activities enable the child to experiment with different materials and media. These activities also provide opportunities for children to appreciate individualism in themselves and others.
Science and Nature
Scientific experiences came naturally to the child in his/her normal play. Science process skills are the means by which children make discoveries about their surrounding world and solve the problems they encounter. The richer the play environment, the more opportunities it provides for the child to observe, compare, classify, measure and predict. Outside areas are provided where the child can plant his/her own garden and experience how plants grow during the spring time. By keeping animals such as chickens, geese and ducks we introduce children in a natural way to the cycle of life. Cooking and baking are also an important part of this curriculum.
Music and Movement
Music and movement allow the child to express his/her self in another medium. Music is a source of pleasure and enrichment in a child's life. Musical activities include singing, playing instruments, rhythmical movement and dramatization. Music presentation is a group activity and integrated throughout the day.
Free or Fantasy Play
Free play is a very important component in the development and exploration of the child. In the fantasy area a child has an opportunity to practice his/her language skills and learn social skills without interference from adults. Fantasy games also help the child to understand and process the impression he/she receives from the outside world.
Life Skills and Ethics
Life skills are moral and value developments. This is achieved by supporting the "National Pride" campaign, being proactive in supporting local charities and teaching the children the preservation, appreciation of all living creatures (human and animal) and the expression of Peace Hope, Love and Joy.