The Educare Centre caters for about 75 children and has 10 staff members.
There are 5 class groups, and children from 3 months to 5 years are admitted.
We believe that children learn through play. Children are encouraged to experiment and form concepts. Teachers create a challenging learning environment that is conducive to exploration, investigation and questioning. The programme is specifically designed to develop the whole child (emotional, social, physical, intellectual and cultural).
The under 3-year-olds are divided into 3 age groups and are separated from the older children.
3 to 12 months
Childcare worker: Jean Jaftha
Support staff: Thumeka Dosi
The childcare worker will follow the routine of the baby.
Mothers are encouraged to continue breastfeeding their baby. You can visit your baby throughout the day to breastfeed. You can also express milk which can be stored in the refrigerator for later feeding.
The childcare worker creates a warm, caring and secure environment which will enable the babies to develop a sense of trust.
The childcare worker provides opportunities for babies to:
sit, move around on their stomachs, crawl, and walk
turn their head to watch moving objects and listen to sounds
explore by reaching out to grasp objects
pick things up and lift objects to find a hidden objects.
Auditory stimulus at this stage is very important. The childcare worker's voice is an important tool. The babies are also exposed to music.
12 to 18 months
Class teacher: Lungiswa Ngqoukuana
Support staff: Buyelwa Sishuba
18 to 24 months
Class teacher: Elsie Witbooi
Support Staff: Phozi Fata
The 1- to-2-year-olds follow a daily programme.
The childcare worker aims to provide stimulation through a range of activities which will help toddlers to:
listen to stories being read and told
turn the pages of a book
recognise objects in books and point to them
recognise and name parts of the body
build tower of at least three block
sing and move to music.
The toddler's 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 this stage of development, the toddler is encouraged to do things independently, such as drinking and feeding, even if it creates lots of spills.
The toddler's gross motor co-ordination is also developed through outdoor activities that involve the use of the large muscles. This includes climbing onto and off the jungle gym, pushing and pulling wheel toys, climbing inside, outside, under, over, between, behind, etc.
2- to 3-year-olds
Childcare worker: Janice Jaftha
Support staff: Moira Ruiters
In the 2- to 3-year-old class, greater independence is encouraged by providing opportunities for children to use the toilet and eat meals by themselves.
They are also encouraged to dress and undress themselves.
The teacher encourages the children to express themselves and communicate their needs.
The children start the day with morning discussions which focus on days of the week, weather, news and theme work.
Various learning areas encourage complete cognitive development and, most importantly, small and large muscle skills, including:
cutting and pasting
music and movement
stories being read and told.
The daily programme helps to structure the day.
The pre-primary section is divided into 2 age groups (3- to 4-year-olds and 4- to 5-year-olds). Each class has a dedicated, qualified teacher and a co-worker.
Each week a different theme is introduced, starting with the familiar and working towards the unfamiliar. The learning programme is divided into a resource room for literacy, numeracy and life skills and an art room with art and culture work stations. The teachers rotate responsibility (resource and art and culture) on a weekly basis.
The children are free to move between the two classes. The teachers will meet with their respective group for morning ring, music or movement and story time.
In consultation with the teachers the co-workers will plan and prepare activities for the outdoor play area.
3- to 4-year-olds
Class teacher: Joy Solomons
Support staff: Buyelwa Sishuba
In the 3- to-4-year-old class, the teacher helps to promote healthy relationships between learners, where each child learns to respect and love their peers.
The teacher strives to develop effective communication by building up language skills.
Through theme work the child gains an understanding of the world and the systems within it and all learning areas.
4- to 5-year-olds
Class teacher: Chezlyn Daniels
Support staff: Gail Van Neel
In the 4- to-5-year-old class the teacher encourages the children to engage in sustained play episodes in which they plan, negotiate and share responsibility and leadership.
The teachers provide opportunities through theme work for the children to experience and repeatedly practise the fundamental principles of cognitive development. The inclusion of any form of play will help the children develop their cognitive abilities and other potentialities.
During mid-morning outdoor play time each teacher will meet with a group consisting of 5 children for micro activity. She will plan a gross motor activity, perceptual game and an activity which the child will hone.
Micro activity is an essential part of the programme since it provides an opportunity for the teacher to assess the child in all aspects of his/her development.
Assessment is ongoing. The children are assessed on a daily basis. At the end of each term the teacher will meet with parents to discuss the development of their child.
Recommendations for assistance in any areas where developmental lags may be made.
Parents are issued with a written report in June and December.