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Curro Academy The Blyde has an independent preschool next to The Blyde Lifestyle Estate, Pretoria East, that provides high-quality early childhood development for children from 3 years to 5 years. 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, at affordable school fees.
What do we offer?
At our preschool, 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 to spend quality time with each child.
How do we support your child’s development?
At our preschool, we incorporate the latest research in physical and cognitive development. Our internally developed programme is an enhancement of the national prescribed Early Learning and Development Areas (ELDAs) approach. This approach to early childhood development 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. Activities supporting this development are made possible by our affordable school fees and are hosted in a fun-filled home away from home.
Here is some more detail on each area involved in this approach:
We encourage loose-parts play
As a Curro Academy school, 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, children use their natural curiosity to explore previously undiscovered fascinations such as stacking, rolling, sliding, fitting, colours, and more – which are crucial to early childhood development.
Children learn by discovering the world around them, which you may note as imitating actions or gestures exhibited by family members. That is why we also incorporate play with real-life items that they see their parents or siblings use around the house. This may include everything from spatulas and brooms to purses and computer keyboards. By using these items to imitate the actions they observe in those around them, they get a boost in understanding the world around them.
See what we offer on our fact sheet (see Downloads).
Activities at our school
We believe that participation in extramural activities plays an important role in building social skills and confidence. Our daily programme is packed with a variety of physical and cognitive activities (based on a weekly theme) where children play while they learn.
Extramural activities are offered as additional opportunities to strengthen focused 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).
|Ages||From 3 to 5 years|
|Monthly fees||R2 900 - R3 570|
|Half day||08:00 – 12:00|
|Full day||08:00 – 17:00|
|Early drop-off time||07:00|
|Holiday care included|
|Breakfast and lunch provided|