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At Curro Castle Hazeldean, we provide a safe, nurturing environment where children are cared for and engaged in play-based developmental activities. Our classrooms are designed to encourage educational curiosity and educational, while our playgrounds are equipped with play structures that inspire physical development through movement and play.
Early Learning and Development Areas
Our internally developed nursery school programme is designed with the Early Learning and Development Areas (ELDAs) in mind. The programme is designed to stimulate physical, social, emotional and cognitive well-being through developmental activities and engaging play areas.
These ELDAs focus on aspects such as gross motor development, social awareness, communication, spatial awareness and arts. Learners also benefit from activities built around large soft bricks that form the important early foundations for later Robotics studies.
Curiosity and imagination in early childhood is vitally important to the development of problem-solving skills and critical thinking later on. Therefore, we encourage playing with loose-parts and multi-purpose playthings, rather than single-purpose toys that don’t involve much imagination. Through loose-parts play, children use their natural curiosity to explore previously undiscovered fascinations such as stacking, rolling, sliding, fitting, colours, and more.
We accommodate Grade R learners in our Castle to help them prepare emotionally for the adjustment to school among older learners. However, as their daily activities and programmes are built in to the foundation phase of primary school, please refer to Curro Hazeldean’s primary school webpage for information on our Grade R offering.