Welcome to Kingfisher Lake Preschool! We run an age appropriate, stimulating program for children aged 18-months to 5 years. Following the British National Curriculum’s Early Years Foundation Phase Program, we insure an integrated syllabus that addresses the physical, emotional, social, cognitive and spiritual development in each child.
1.1 Bumble Bees (18 months to 2-year olds) and Geckos (3 to 4-year olds)
Our curriculum for our toddlers cultivates pre-academic skills: Gross and fine motor skills, socialization and concentration form the basis of the daily structure. Children are stimulated through play – play being the ‘work’ of the young child.
Play is the essence of creativity in children throughout the world; it is universal and knows no national or cultural boundaries. Educators and psychologists have called play a reflection of the child’s growth. It is a self-satisfying activity through which children gain control and come to understand life and the world they live in.
In a play rich environment, the children will learn about themselves; Learn what words to use when asking for something; How to climb a jungle gym; What a secondary colour is; How to thread beads, How to read a recipe… How to be a friend.
We believe that through a play based programme we meet and develop a whole child, a child who is physically, emotionally, cognitively, socially and spiritually ready to face and meet the challenges of formal learning.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Einstein
1.2 Grade R (Reception class for 4-5 year olds)
The foundation stage curriculum in Reception is organised into six areas of learning:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication, language and literacy
- Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Creative development
Play is still an integral part of Grade R work and we encourage this through both child initiated activities and teacher led activities. All classroom and learning practices promote the holistic development of the child and we do this through stories, songs, rhymes, games, educational toys, roles play, movement and much more. We encourage them do things for themselves so as to gain independence and confidence in their abilities. Each week we explore various themes that allow us to broaden our experience of the world around us. This structure facilitates a good balance between play and formal learning, ensuring our little ones are ready for Grade 1.
1.3 Classes and Class Sizes
Our preschool consists of three classrooms. One classroom with children from age 18 months to 2 years, the second classroom for children aged 3 to 4 and the third is the grade R. We have a ratio of 1 teacher to approximately 10 children with one assistant between the two youngest classes. Bathroom facilities are specially designed to assist potty training and include a hygienic changing station and two miniature toilets and basin. There is also a small kitchen for baking days. The outside playground offers a wonderland of activities under a shaded area a massive sandpit, jungle gym, swings and a climbing tree.
1.4 School Hours
Monday to Friday from 08h00 – 13h00 daily
The teachers and assistants are at school by 07h45 should you need to drop your child early.
1.5 Extra Murals
A variety of Extra murals is offered to children from 3 years old. These vary from term to term. These happen directly after school and are run privately. Please refer to our Extra Murals Programme for details and prices.