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Curro Castle Kathu
Curro Castle Kathu is an independent nursery school in Kathu, Northern Cape that provides high-quality early childhood development for children from 3 months to 5 years with a focus on the ELDAs. Our small class sizes allow our dedicated teachers to engage each child in our internally developed play-based curriculum and to build strong, caring relationships with each child. Teaching and learning takes place in English or Afrikaans.
Our school is on the same campus as Curro Kathu, 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 Kathu, we created a safe, nurturing centre of learning where our children enjoy coming to school. 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.
Our classes are divided by age group and each teacher has one or more assistants, depending on the number of children in the class. We also offer early care (from 06:00) and children are kept busy in aftercare until 17:30 to accommodate working parents. Our school does not close during school holidays, except for a specified period over the holiday season.
We focus on the ELDAs
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.
We incorporate 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. The programme even includes activities built around large soft bricks that form the important early foundations for later Robotics studies.
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.
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 biometric access, 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 Kathu is located in Kathu, Northern Cape. Our school is easily accessible from Umgeni Road and just off the R380 and N14. We are conveniently close to many shops and restaurants, such as the Siyathembe Shopping Centre, Kathu Village Mall and Heritage Mall, and the Mediclinic Kathu is in close proximity to further ensure the safety of our children. Nearby attractions include the Sivos Training Centre and the Kalahari Country Club.