Early Learning Centre

The Early Learning Centre is a registered, independent Grade R preschool providing excellent, holistic education to 120 learners each year. It started as an informal day-care in 2005 and was registered with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) in 2007 to become the first Grade R school in the community.

The facility allows us to provide additional services to the community and serves as a base for our organisation’s administration office. The Early Learning Centre has grown from strength to strength each year and is now an established haven for children in the community; a place of safety, both physically and emotionally, where they can freely discover the world around them and where foundations can be laid that will ensure that these little people are well-prepared for Grade 1 and set up for future school success. Our dynamic staff team consists of a Principal, four teachers, two teacher assistants as well as two kitchen and facilities staff.

We believe that every child should have access to quality education, and so we ensure that our passionate, committed

teaching team attends regular and inspiring training sessions so that our CAPS-aligned syllabus and approach is defined by freshness and creativity. In order to ensure that learners are able to learn with nourished tummies and in beautiful surroundings, we provide learners with a fortified breakfast and cooked lunch each day and maintain excellent facilities that communicate value to the children in our care.In addition to fun-filled educational learning, we provide our learners with a range of rich, world-widening experiences from traveling puppet shows and a visit from a real fireman and firetruck to an annual school outing to Giraffe House, a Family Sports Day and Graduation Concert and Ceremony.

We believe that our Early Learning Centre children have huge potential and how we treat and teach them is focused on allowing them to reach this potential fully. We consider it an absolute privilege to provide this much-needed educational service to the community of Fisantekraal.

CAPS – Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement

This is the new national curriculum as stipulated by the Department of Basic Education. It is divided into three focus areas: Language, Maths and Life Skills. Throughout the year our children are taught with an emphasis on learning through play. In order for us to ensure optimal learning is taking place, they are assessed by our teachers and their development is measured. We are happy to say that our children’s development is always positive. We see huge results and how children can benefit from having the correct stimulation.

Sport and physical education

Physical development is vital at this age. Our playground facility is fitted with climbing apparatus, swings and a large open field. We continually strive to improve the equipment and variety of our outdoor activities. From skipping ropes and balls to sandpits, trampolines and water play, we ensure that the children experience continuous stimulation and discover new things every day.

Over and above the everyday outdoor activities, we have sports-trained volunteers who provide age appropriate extracurricular activities. They focus on developing co-ordination, ball skills and large motor development, while teaching the children to function within a team. Each class participates in this programme once a month on a Friday afternoon.

Nutrition

As in many schools, we need to provide food for our children as there is no guarantee that their parents can or will. While at school it is important that hunger is never an issue. Because we want our children to flourish and grow, we make sure their tummies are always full.

Every morning our children enjoy a breakfast that is varied from day-to-day. They can also have a sandwich at tea time if their parents have not sent food to school, and before they leave, they receive a cooked lunch with meat, vegetables and starch. We know that for some children, this is all the food they may get in a day and we do not want them to fall behind in any area of development due to malnourishment.

An atmosphere of love and encouragement

We work hard to create an atmosphere of encouragement. This is a foreign concept to so many who live in the constant struggle against poverty. We provide a haven for our children, a place of safety, both physically and emotionally, where they can freely discover and enquire about the world around them. We believe that our children have huge potential and how we treat and teach them is focused on allowing them to reach this potential fully.