Classes and their teachers
3 months to 18 months
Childcare Worker: Louise
Louise has been employed at K.I.D.S. Educare for the past 8 years and has a Level 1 in Early Childhood Development. She is married and has 2 daughters.
Louise creates a warm, caring and secure environment which will enable the babies to develop a sense of trust.
18 months to 2 years - toddlers
Class teacher: Maggie
Maggie has been with K.I.D.S. Educare for 8 years. She was born in Zimbabwe and has 3 boys; 20, 13 and 10. She has a qualification in Education and childminding and development and has been teaching for 13 years, with 5 of those years teaching primary school children
Class size: 6
The toddlers follow a daily programme, starting with the Morning Ring ie: colours, shapes, number, alphabet, days of week and months of the year.
The toddlers' fine motor skills are developed by participating in activities that involve the use of the hands and fingers. These include manipulating objects, tearing, drawing and working with play dough. Using different textures can enhance the sensitivity of the hands and fingers.
During the stage of development, the toddler is encouraged to do things independently, such as drinking and feeding, even though it creates lots of spills. The toddlers' gross motor co-ordination is also developed by participating in outdoor activities that involve the use of the large muscles. These include climbing onto and off the jungle gym, pushing and pulling wheel toys, climbing inside, outside, under, over, between, behind, etc.
Potty training takes place during the course of the year with the assistance of the parents.
2 to 3 years
Childcare worker: Ellen
Ellen has been employed with us for 4 years and has an ECD qualification. She is divorced and has 3 children aged 35, 32 and 22 and has 7 grandchildren. She has nearly 30 years experience.
Class size: 8-12
In the 2-to-3 year class, greater independence is encouraged by providing opportunities for children to use the toilet and eat meals by themselves.
The teacher encourages the children to express themselves and communicate their needs.
The children start the day with the Morning Ring which focuses on days of the week, months of the year, numbers, alphabet, weather and seasons.Various learning areas encourage complete cognitive development and, most importantly, small and large muscle skills.
The pre-primary section is divided into 3 age groups, 3 to 4, 4 to 5 and Grade R. Each class has a dedicated, qualified Teacher.
We work according to a daily schedule with the class activities starting at 9 a.m.
The morning starts with “morning ring” where they learn about:
- Days of the week
- Months of the year
They will then move on to:
- Story time
- Music and movement
- Language development (news, discussions etc…)
...and then they will have their creative activities:
- Colouring in
- Play dough
- Cooking/ baking
- Construction play
- Educational games
3 to 4 years
Class teacher: Donne
Donne has been with us for 3 years and has been teaching since 1998. She has an ECD level 4 and level 5 qualification and is married with 1 child and is a step mom to 2 and a step granny to 3.
Class size: 8-12
In the course of this year (3 to 4 years old) children are moving out of babyhood into childhood. It is important to remember that all three to four year olds are different, and they may develop at different rates.
4 to 5 years
Class teacher: Lisa
Lisa has been with us for 3 years and is married with 1 child, who is 22. She has a British qualification in Prime care N6 (Early Childhood Development) and has 19 years experience.
Class size: 8-12
Your child is growing up. Have you noticed that your 4- to 5-year-old is becoming more independent and self-confident? If not, you will in the coming year.
Although children grow and develop at their own pace, your child will likely achieve most of the developmental milestones before he or she turns 6 years old.
Grade R ( 5 to 6 years)
Class teacher: Karen
Karen has been with is us for 5 years and is married with 4 grown up children of 20, 25, 30 and 35. She has been teaching for 29 years and has held various positions from principle to owning her own school. She has had experience in traditional teaching, Montessori, special needs, remedial and after care (grade 1 to 7).
Class size: 8-10
We follow the CAPS Grade R curriculum and the key learning areas for the Grade R’s are language maths and life skills. We learn the initial sounds of the alphabet, rhyming words and the last sound of words. We use letter land and work to a basic weekly theme. A new letter of the alphabet is introduced each week and a child chooses a word or topic for the day and as much information is given to improve vocabulary, speech and sentence construction.
We learn the numerals and number words from 1 – 20 but some children are able to identify numbers beyond 20. We place emphasis on understanding numbers and the concepts. Some children can count to 100 but it doesn’t mean they understand the concept. We start with basic sums by using concrete objects and the children use them to make sets or numbers equal, more or less.
Life skill’s is a large area and doesn’t just include music, movement and drama. It embraces all of our learning and allows children to develop independently and at their own pace. This encourages them to be confident and independent within a school environment.
The Grade R children enjoy art and educational games. They make amazing structures using 3 shape blocks and this type of play tests their life skills, as it requires give and take and the ability to share and work co-operatively. Outdoors they all enjoy the climbing equipment, fantasy games, sports and riding on the scooters.
In Grade R our aim is to prepare the children socially and emotionally for school. We want them to enjoy school and have a desire to learn. We try to encourage them to be independent and self reliant allowing them to take care of their belongings, packing their own bags, and working together to tidy up. Through continuous practise and reward, we hope to develop their confidence.