Children enter the Kindergarten when they are 3 years old. It is a stepping stone between home and school, and the highly-trained staff strive to create a harmonious, secure and caring atmosphere in which the child’s imagination is nurtured. The environment is carefully designed to allow for creativity and the toys are largely unformed, sturdy and made of natural materials.
Imagination is fostered through creative play, which is a vital part of the Kindergarten day. Through this, children develop resilience and resourcefulness which will guide and nourish them for the rest of their lives. The emphasis on observation and exploration of the world around them awakens curiosity and develops appropriate cognition. During the day structured and unstructured activities unfold in an unhurried fashion with regular rhythms.
Children participate in painting, drawing, modelling, baking, handwork, singing, group games, gardening and storytelling. In this way the child’s day flows between active and quiet times. Children have the opportunity to spend much of their time outdoors which builds their self-confidence and problem solving skills.
PLAY IS THE INVALUABLE FOUNDATION FOR ANY KIND OF HEALTHY, HUMAN GROWTH, INCLUDING ACADEMIC PROGRESS
Dr Regalena Melrose: Neuroscientist and International Speaker on learning, behaviour and the brain