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At Curro Douglasdale, our nursery school provides a safe, nurturing environment where children from 3 years to 5 years are cared for and engaged in play-based developmental activities. Our classrooms are designed to encourage educational curiosity, while our playgrounds are equipped with play structures that inspire physical development through movement and play.
Our children receive well-balanced, wholesome meals and snacks that are freshly prepared by our on-site kitchen.
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.
The development of 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.
Indoor play areas
Children learn by interacting with the world around them. Therefore, our classrooms themselves are considered to be inanimate teachers of sorts. They are designed to allow maximum room for play and movement while being stimulating on a visual and tactile level. An additional indoor play area allows a change in play space on days that the weather doesn’t allow outdoor play.
Outdoor play areas
Our outdoor play areas include state-of-the-art jungle gyms, shaded areas, and more. These areas are designed to encourage physical play and generally have synthetic grass to prevent allergic reactions. The rest of our play area is covered in AstroTurf with a set of sprinklers to cool it off on hot days. Children are taken outside to play on days with moderate weather conditions to prevent excessive cold or sunburn. Additional safety measures are taken on sunny days; these will be discussed with parents after enrolment.