Curro Castle Nursery School
Welcome to St George’s Pre-Preparatory
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St George’s Pre-Preparatory
St George’s Pre-Preparatory is an independent nursery school in central Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) that provides high-quality early childhood development for children from 3 years to 5 years. As a Curro Select school, we provide a specialised offering, including small class sizes, on-site therapists, teachers' assistants, specialised facilities and an approach based on Christian values (ethics and morals).
We also have a primary school, click here to view St George's Preparatory.
What do we offer?
At St George’s Pre-Preparatory, we provide a safe, nurturing environment where children are cared for and engaged in play-based developmental activities. Through affordable school fees, 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 (and teachers' assistants) to spend quality time with each child – all part of our Christian values (ethics and morals). Our enhanced curriculum includes music, messy-art play, computer lessons and language skills.
How do we support your child’s development?
At our school, our internally developed programme is designed with the Early Learning and Development Areas (ELDAs) in mind. This approach aims to stimulate physical, social, emotional and cognitive well-being through developmental activities and engaging play areas. ELDAs focus on aspects such as gross-motor development, fine-motor development, social awareness, communication, spatial awareness and arts.
We focus on early childhood development through the ELDAs
As a Curro Select school, we incorporate the latest research in physical and cognitive development. Our small class sizes, carefully designed playgrounds, safety measures and daily programmes make our school a safe and fun-filled home away from home.
We offer pastoral care
As a school based on Christian values (ethics and morals), our teachers provide the first line of pastoral care. Our head of Pre-Preparatory works closely with all learners, parents and teachers to further ensure the well-being of the children in our care.
Special fees for siblings
Do you have more than one child? We accommodate families through an exclusive affordable school fees offer for siblings of enrolled children. Refer to our fees letter (see Downloads) for more information and specific fees.
We accommodate Grade R learners
We accommodate Grade R learners in our Pre-Preparatory school, to give them more time to mature emotionally before joining older learners in the Junior Preparatory phase. However, as Grade R is governed by the Department of Basic Education, please refer to our Preparatory school’s page for information on what we offer in Grade R.
See what we offer on our fact sheet (see Downloads).
Our daily programmes
Grade 000 (3 years, turning 4)
Each day starts with circle time, where the tone for the day is set. During this time, children share how they spent their evenings or weekends, which helps teachers determine their state of mind during the day. They also spend time dancing and singing to music, which allows them to express themselves and burn off some energy.
During playtime, learners spend time outside for free play, which allows them to engage their physical and imaginative curiosity. Afterwards, messy-art play takes place according to the week’s theme. This part of the day’s programme provides children with great sensory exposure, which forms an important part of early childhood development. Other activities during the day include snack time and developmental play, such as ball skills and movement, and the day ends with reading time.
Grade 00 (4 years, turning 5)
This age group’s activities centre on developing children socially, emotionally and academically through flexible, informal learning. This takes place through observation, exploration, supportive problem-solving and imagination. Circle time provides the children with an opportunity to share their news or emotions, which gives teachers valuable insight into the children’s mental and emotional states.
The daily focus alternates between numeracy (weight, shape, size etc.), literacy (listening to and sharing with peers) and music (movement, musicality, dancing etc.). Children are also introduced to computers, isiXhosa as a conversational language, and baking.
St George’s Pre-Preparatory activities
As a Curro Select school, we believe that participation in extramural activities plays an important role in early childhood development. Our daily programme is packed with a variety of physical and cognitive activities, in which children play while they learn, all of which are included in our affordable school fees. Extramural activities are offered as additional opportunities to strengthen focus areas or hone certain skills. 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).