CURRO CASTLE, which is 'Taking over the World', as our crèche motto puts it bluntly, is definitely the place to be if you are a kid. With a firm basis on Christian principles, naturally our goal is towards the development of the 'whole child'. The years of early childhood only come about once in a lifetime and opportunities lost can never be retrieved. We believe it is every child's birth right to spend their formative years among people who understand their needs and who can help them become independent individuals. This is why we provide a stimulating environment where children's cognitive, physical, emotional and social needs are met.
Our classes are bilingual up to the age of two years.
Each class has a weekly programme on file in the classroom. Parents are welcome to come in before or after school and see what their child will be doing or has done during the week. All groups have a dedicated teacher and are supported by at least one helpful assistant. Parents may be assured that their child will receive the best possible care and attention in a friendly and enriching environment.
A term plan is available at the crèche reception.
At Curro we have weekly themes, thus enabling the children to gain insight into a wide variety of topics. All activities are aimed at providing a stimulating but fun learning environment for your child.
The Curro Castle centre will accommodate children and cater for their individual needs from:
Group 1 3 months to 18 months
Group 2 18 months to 30 months
Group 3 30 months to 3 years
Group 4 3 years to 4 years
Group 5 4 years to 5 years
Mondays to Fridays from 07:00– 7:30 (We offer aftercare facilities. Please contact our office for more information.)
During school holidays we offer supervision and fun activities daily.
Movement in the form of climbing, running, jumping and dancing. We have jungle gyms, see-saws, rocking Zebras and swings to facilitate learning of these skills.
Imagination is an important aspect of a child’s development and that is why every class has a fantasy corner where children can dress up and fantasise.
Children love to create things. The children participate in all sorts of creative activities that include painting, cutting, pasting, constructing out of recycled materials, to name a few. At our centre the children have the opportunity to participate in all of the above.
Perceptual cognitive skills are needed in preparation for primary school, for example for reading, writing and mathematical skills. We use memory games, puzzles, board games, worksheets and counting blocks to develop these skills.
We are very proud of our reading corners in every class. All children are encouraged to read at these little reading corners. We teach respect and the love for books, by reading stories every day. We do theme-related stories as well as our daily Bible opening, which includes a Bible story. During story time concentration, language, listening skills, memory recall and character differentiation stimulate the imagination and interest of every child.
Children need to have a strong fine motor grip, and hand-eye coordination. This is necessary to enable a child to learn skills such as writing, manipulating, threading and tying. We offer games and activities such as play dough manipulation, pressing and cutting of shapes and sharing of tools, as well as puzzles, threading, peg boards and block building.
An educational psychologist and occupational therapist and two speech therapists (one for English-speaking children and one for Afrikaans) are based on the premises. They are available to teachers and parents who have concerns or questions regarding their child. They provide therapy sessions at the centre during school hours. Once a year they do hearing and eye tests on all the children. School-readiness tests are conducted twice a year.
These activities are offered during school hours at an extra cost and include the following: