Curro Castle Nursery School
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Curro Castle Hillcrest
Curro Castle Hillcrest is an independent nursery school in Hillcrest, Durban, that provides high-quality early childhood development for children from 2 years to 5 years. Through small class sizes and Christian values (ethics and morals), we aim to build strong, caring relationships with each child and engage them in our internally developed play-based curriculum.
What do we offer?
At Curro Castle Hillcrest, 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, while our playgrounds are equipped with play structures that inspire physical development through movement and play. Our small class sizes are divided by age group, which allows our teachers to spend quality time with each child and ensure that they get the devotional care led by our Christian values (ethics and morals).
How do we support your child’s development?
At our nursery school, our internally developed programme is designed with the Early Learning and Development Areas (ELDAs) in mind. This approach to early childhood development aims 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, fine-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.
We encourage loose-parts play
As a Curro Castle, we believe that 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 in early childhood development, children use their natural curiosity to explore previously undiscovered fascinations, such as stacking, rolling, sliding, fitting, colours and more.
As a Curro Castle, we incorporate the latest research in physical and cognitive development. Our small class sizes, carefully designed playgrounds, safety measures and daily programmes that include devotional care based on Christian values (ethics and morals), make our nursery school a safe and fun-filled home away from home.
See what we offer on our fact sheet (see Downloads).
Curro Castle Hillcrest activities
As a Curro Castle, we believe that participation in extramural activities plays an important role in early childhood development. Therefore, our daily programme is packed with a variety of physical and cognitive activities where children play while they learn, which are included in our school fees.
Extramural activities are offered as additional opportunities to strengthen focus areas or hone certain skills. Many of these are designed to help children gain valuable skills that require more time for development than can be provided during the daily programme. Our extramural activities are offered by external tutors or coaches at an additional cost, and take place on the school’s premises.
See which activities we offer on our fact sheet (see Downloads).