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Curro Preschool

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Curro Chartwell Preschool


Curro Chartwell is an independent preschool in Chartwell, Johannesburg, offering high-quality early childhood development for children from 12 months to Grade R. Our small class sizes and learning approach that includes Montessori principles, allow our dedicated teachers to engage each child in our internally developed play-based curriculum and we have a fully equipped therapy centre as part of our school fees.


What do we offer?

As a preschool, we lay the foundation for your child’s future social and academic life by incorporating play in stimulating, early childhood developmental activities such as creative movement and artistic expression, combined with strong Biblical principles. By involving you as parents in your child’s learning experience, we provide a holistic development programme at affordable school fees that stretches beyond the classroom. Our devotional beliefs based on Christian values (ethics and morals) form part of how we approach interaction and care as a Curro school. Our small class sizes are divided by age group, which allows our teachers to spend quality time with each child.


How does Curro Chartwell support my child’s development?

As a Curro school, our internally developed programme, which involves Montessori principles, is designed with the Early Learning and Development Areas (ELDAs) in mind and aims to stimulate physical, social, emotional and cognitive well-being through early childhood developmental activities. Through our small class sizes and engaging play areas, the ELDAs focus on aspects such as gross motor development, fine-motor development, social awareness, communication, spatial awareness and arts.

As children learn by interacting with the world around them, all activities and engagements during the day are carefully planned to ensure maximum development. We incorporate a healthy routine, self-guided activities initiated by the child, and structured, guided activities planned and directed by the teacher.

Our children learn throughout the day – from participating in an art activity, finding a worm in the garden, conversing with their teacher and peers, to packing away after snacktime. In addition, our children benefit from music lessons hosted by an on-site music specialist in the mornings as part of our school fees.

See what we offer on our fact sheet (by downloads).


We focus on early childhood development through loose-parts play

We know that the development of curiosity and imagination is vitally important to the development of problem-solving skills and critical thinking later on. Therefore, our exceptional learning style, which involves Montessori principles, encourages 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.


We accommodate Grade R learners

Grade R is the bridge from the tangible world to the world of symbols and numbers in Grade 1. Therefore, we focus on an integrated play-based programme that aims to develop the children’s phonological, literacy, mathematical, and creative problem-solving skills in a fun way that will ensure they are well prepared for primary school. Learners are also introduced to specialised offerings such as Robotics through Duplo Lego, which boosts their creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

As we are part of the Curro group, our Grade R learners enjoy preference when applying to any school in the Curro group, particularly nearby Curro Academy Riverside, Curro Douglasdale and Meridian Cosmo City. Our children also enjoy preference at HeronBridge College, a nearby independent school in Fourways, Johannesburg.

See what we offer on our fact sheet (see Downloads).


Our learners now benefit from the Curiosity Approach

The Curiosity Approach emphasises the importance of uninterrupted play as a method of learning, by letting a child’s natural curiosity and interests guide the learning experience. This method involves aspects of the Regio Emilia, Montessori, and several more methods of early childhood development. Though this philosophy may seem modern, it actually uses age-old techniques that focus on the wonders and importance of play in young children’s lives.


How does the Curiosity Approach work in practice?

This approach involves a re-conceptualised indoor and outdoor environment, loose-parts play areas, a sensory playground and replacing all unimaginative, single-purpose toys (such as cartoon characters and plastic toys) with real-life objects to explore.

Most tables and chairs are removed from our preschool classrooms, and replaced with furniture made from natural materials. Even the classroom environment itself contributes to the sensory-rich atmosphere through natural, soothing colours, rather than bright colours that often overstimulate young minds.

When entering the classroom, children are drawn to various play stations (themed pockets of learning) designed by teachers to inspire curiosity. Children in our small class sizes can explore as they wish, with teachers merely guiding them around to ensure that they still gain exposure to a multitude of skills and learning facets.

Watch an informative video on the Curiosity Approach, or find more info on the web.


Learning and progress are still valued

This approach allows teachers to develop a closer, more nurturing relationship with each child and lets them monitor children continuously rather than only at certain times of the term. The internally developed programme remains in place, and only the approach towards following the programme changes as described above. Furthermore, teachers will still have teacher’s assistants, who all receive training to master this approach. Perhaps more beneficial than all, is that children will be better prepared for any curriculum or teaching style followed after preschool and the approach aligns with Curro’s project-based education and 21st-century learning style.


Curro Chartwell activities

As a Curro school, we believe that participation in extramural activities plays an important role in promoting social skills, self-confidence, and physical well-being. These activities are offered by private tutors and coaches at an additional cost, and generally take place on campus. Some extramural activities are aimed at improving or supporting cognitive or physical development, while others are purely recreational.

See which activities we offer on our fact sheet (by downloads).


Curro Chartwell community outreach

We express our devotional beliefs by serving our community. We have been continually involved in preschool and daycare centres in Diepsloot and our own initiatives include building a school (Alpha Day Care Centre), packing over 150 000 meals for distribution, delivering hundreds of jerseys each year just before the winter season and providing Christmas presents to hundreds of local children each year.


We support the Diepsloot community

Our strengthened partnerships with the Training & Resource Centre (TRC) at HeronBridge College work directly in communities such as Diepsloot. Through this relationship, the schools are carefully selected with long-term sustainability and viability in mind. In addition, strengthened partnerships with Rise Against Hunger and other corporate donors have enabled us to ensure our funds are used in the most effective manner.

Quick Facts




From 12 months to Grade R

Class size

10 to 25 children (varies)

Monthly fees

R4 660 – R5 640

School times

08:00 – 13:00 (varies)

Early drop-off time


Waiting class

Until 13:30


Until 17:00 (additional cost)

On-site kitchen 


Holiday programme