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Groups

Our school consists out of two main sections that form the framework of our teaching model.

The nursery

Children in the nursery section of our school are between the ages of 3 months and 30 months. These children are still very small and there are various milestones they must reach in each group to be able to join the more formal learning programme.

At Curro Castle Serengeti we divide our children into age-appropriate groups so that they can develop and reach each and every milestone.

The nursery consists of the following groups:

 

Group

Group name

Age

1

Tiny Stars

3 months to 12 months

1.5

Shiny and Shimmering Stars

13 months to 18 months

2

Bright and Twinkle Stars

18 months to 24 months

2.5

Galaxy and Milky Way Stars

24 months to 30 months

 

Please note that our group/classroom placement for the nursery section of the Castle works in 6-monthly cycles.

For example, a child who is 3 months old in January will be placed in the Group 1 classroom and will remain there for the remainder of the year. A child who is 6 months old in January will be placed in the Group 1 classroom, and in June of the same year they will be placed in the Group 1.5 classroom. This is done to ensure that all developmental milestones are reached and that all equipment and the curriculum programme remain age appropriate.

The above will be modelled throughout our nursery. Please note that the Group 2.5 and Group 3 children are combined in the learning programme.

Group 2.5

Children between the ages of 2 and 3 years whose birth date occurs in the first six months of the year are usually off nappies, while those whose birthdays are later in the year usually still need potty training and comfort items such as bottles, dummies, cuddling items, etc. Children join our Group 2.5 classes in January or in June of each year after they have turned 24 months. This specific group is also referred to as the potty training group, and our children are made ready for the more formal phase of schooling here. (Please refer to our potty training manual, which is available from any of our Castle educators or at the office.)

After six months the children can move to the higher-age groups for more exposure for educational purposes. By that time the children will usually have reached a certain level of independence and should be at ease with the school routine.

 Please note:

  • All children are expected to adapt to the nursery routine that is displayed on the door of each room.
  • We record all details to allow us to share with parents their child’s day at the Castle, what they ate and drank, the times of their nappy changes and naps, and what experiences they were involved in.
  • Our entire nursery offers a wide range of activities to encourage and stimulate their natural curiosity.

The school

Children are divided into groups according to their age and according to the year in which they turn 3, 4 and 5 years. Keep in mind that the children who turn 3 only after June will be in the nursery for the first two terms, as is indicated above.

The school consists out of the following groups: 

Group

Group name

Age

3

White, Silver, Lime and Golden Stats

When the little star is 2 years and 6 months, turning 3 between January and June, or June and December

4

Red, Orange, Yellow and Brown Stars

When the little star is 3 years, turning 4 at any time during that specific year.

5

Blue, Green, Purple and Bronze Stars

When the little star is 4 years, turning 5 at any time during that specific year.