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Curro Castle Nelspruit
Curro Castle Nelspruit is an independent school situated in the tranquil hills of The Rest Nature Estate, Nelspruit (Mbombela) that provides high-quality early childhood development in English and Afrikaans for children from 4 months to Group 4 (4 years) with a focus on the ELDAs. Our small class sizes based on age allow our dedicated teachers to engage each child in our internally developed play-based curriculum and to build strong, caring relationships with each child.
We also have a Group 5 class, which is at the primary school, but they follow our nursery school programme and are therefore included here. Our school is on the same campus as Curro Nelspruit, which allows children to easily progress from nursery school to primary school in a familiar environment. However, our building is separate from the primary and high school buildings to improve access control and ensure the children’s safety on the playground.
What do we offer?
At Curro Castle Nelspruit we created a safe, nurturing centre of learning. Our carefully designed classrooms and playgrounds encourage children to explore a wide variety of experiences through play and developmental activities, aimed at developing a curious mind and creative thinking.
Children can be dropped off early in the morning (from 07:00). Aftercare starts at 14:00 and children are kept busy until 17:30 to accommodate working parents.
We focus on the ELDAs
The Early Learning and Development Areas (ELDAs) focus on aspects such as gross motor development, social awareness, communication, spatial awareness and arts. Children also benefit from activities built around Lego Soft Bricks that form the important early foundations for later Robotics studies.
Our classes are divided by age group, and each teacher has one or more assistants, depending on the number of children in the class. Furthermore, our programme incorporates the latest research in physical and cognitive development, such as encouraging loose-parts play that boosts creativity and curiosity, above playing with single-purpose toys.
Which activities do we offer?
We believe that participation in extramural activities plays an important role in promoting friendship and self-confidence in addition to physical and social well-being. Many of our activities are designed to help learners learn valuable skills that require more time for development than can be provided during the daily programme. We also offer value-added activities for Groups 1 to 4 children.
How do we ensure safety in our school?
Our strict security measures ensure the safety of our children. Access to the campus is restricted through a tag system and a keypad is used to gain access to the Castle, while CCTV cameras monitor the playgrounds as well as classrooms. Visitors need to sign in to gain access and the number of visitors per class is limited. Children are collected from the classroom and are signed in and out daily to ensure that they remain safe and accounted for.
What else is nearby?
Curro Castle Nelspruit is situated in the tranquil hills of The Rest Nature Estate, Nelspruit (Mbombela). Our school is surrounded by residential areas such as Sonheuwel and West Acres. Nearby shopping centres include Riverview Shopping Centre and I’langa Mall and the beautiful Mbombela Golf Club is a stone’s throw away for a round of golf.