The Little Oaks Kindergarten

Grades RRR, RR & R


CurriculumGroupsActivitiesTimesTransportMealsOpen Day
Kindergarten classroom

acorns and leaf The ’little oaks’ are warmly welcomed and looked after in a caring and nurturing environment while they begin to learn the skills required to cope with the formal education that lies ahead.

Using a variety of activities, the young children are guided to develop skills in areas such as drawing, music, sport, basic literacy and numeracy and social interaction.


What it’s all about …

The Kindergarten team writes:

   The main aim of the Kindergarten team is to ensure that the children are happy. Christian values are at the core of all our dealings. Everyone, with all their strengths and weaknesses, is welcome. We exercise tolerance and acceptance in our daily dealings with people.
   The children entrusted to us are not incomplete adults, but rather personalities who are on the path of a beautiful, individual metamorphosis. The children develop a positive feeling of self-worth within a community of big and little people.

   Educational Methods: In our Kindergarten we follow the guidelines of the curriculum as laid down by the Department of Education of the South African Government (Revised National Curriculum Statement 2005) and certain features of the Montessori Education System.

   Who and What is Montessori? Maria Montessori was born in 1870 and was Italy’s first female medical doctor. She developed an educational model which focused on the child’s natural God-given talents and an individual approach to the development of each person. This approach is child-centred. The child is given the freedom of choice, within a certain framework (preplanned environment), to choose the activities with which he or she would like to engage. The teacher recognises the correct moment at which either to intervene, by way of assistance, or to withdraw, to give the child more freedom. In this way the child is given the opportunity to develop initiative and independence.

"Help me to do it on my own!"

   Dynamics: All people, big and small, are welcome at our Kindergarten, which caters for ages 18 months to six years old.

   Medium of Instruction: We teach in English and introduce the children to German as well. The younger a child is when learning a new language, the easier it is to do so. The tone and special nuances come naturally to a young child. Children are so uninhibited in their dealings with new cultures, languages and people that they easily accept and tolerate them.

   Our Kindergarten Team and Group Structure:

Blue Group
Children aged 18 months to 3 years
1 teacher
Green Group
Children aged 3 to 4 years
1 teacher
Orange Group
Children aged 4 to 5 years
1 teacher and 1 German volunteer worker
Red Group
Children aged 5 to 6 years
1 teacher and 1 German volunteer worker
After-care
Children aged 2 to 12 years
1 teacher and 1 German volunteer worker

   Activities: During the normal Kindergarten routine the following activities are also offered:

  • Playball (ball skills)
  • Ballet
  • Swimming (Red and Orange Groups only)
  • Music appreciation and singing (except for the Blue Group)
  • Pottery
  • Tennis
  • Horse riding
  • Computers for Grade R
  • Tennis
  • Drama
  • Field trips related to the curriculum

   Times:

Arrival:
07:00 to 08:00 for Grade R’s
07:00 to 08:30 for all others
Kindergarten opening times:
07:00 to 13:30
After-care:
12:00 to 17:00

   Transport: We have a daily bus, which collects children in Greytown in the mornings and returns them in the afternoon. Supervision is provided.

   Meals: Tea-time snacks and lunch packs must be brought along.

For more information, contact the school using one of the contacts listed HERE