The early learning goals for the pre-primary child   

Curro Castle Nelspruit aims to inspire young minds to become extraordinary through the unique Curro nursery school curriculum. We focus on the holistic development of our children, with the main focus being placed on building independence, confidence and self-esteem. 

Our preschool curriculum is designed with Early Learning Goals in mind:   

  • Physical well-being: health and safety, gross motor development, fine motor development  
  • Identity and belonging: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and social management   
  • Communication: listen and understand, speak and communicate, make meaning and represent   
  • Mathematics: quantity and number, measurement, patterns, shape and space, data collection, time and ordination   
  • Creativity: daily life and play, visual arts, performing arts,   
  • Learning about the world: exploration and inquiry, knowledge and understanding, executive function   

We focus on:   

  • The Unique Child: Curro Castle Nelspruit recognises that every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. 
  • Positive RelationshipsThe children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and or a key person (educator). 
  • Learning and Development: Our children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and are inter-connected. 
  • Enabling Environments: Our environment plays a key role in supporting and extending a child’s development and learning. 

At Curro Castle Nelspruit we strive to optimise learning by young brains and to capitalise on the potential for learning that children have from a young age.  We therefore pay special attention to the theories of teaching and the science behind how we develop to ensure that our children receive the best education possible. 

Children extend their boundaries of understanding by working to find solutions in an environment where dialogue between educators and children keeps them motivated, stimulating their creativity while developing their cognitive abilities. The curriculum includes LEGO Education learning concepts, and the activities built around soft bricks form the important early foundations for later robotics studies. 

At Curro Castle Nelspruit the emphasis is on the uniqueness of each child. According to the Curro schools philosophy, every child is regarded as a competent learner from birth. Curro Castle Nelspruit knows that children develop and learn in different ways and at different paces. All areas of development and learning are equally important and inter-connected. 


Theme teaching and meaningful excursions extend our young learners on a cognitive and social level. We keep our parents up to date using an application called Himama. Information regarding daily routines, lesson plans, menus and pictures are uploaded and parents receive this via email. 

Weekly planning 

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.  

At Curro Castle Nelspruit 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. 

Term planning 

A term plan is available at the nursery school reception. 

Progress reports regarding your little one’s growth and development are handed out at the end of the 2nd and 4th terms and we also hold individual parent meetings.