Most pre- schools in South Africa aim for every individual child within their care to thrive, flourish and develop socially, cognitively, emotionally and physically and to the best of their ability. Pre-schools in South Africa well qualified and caring staff will work with you and listen to your child whilst providing a warm, stimulating and safe environment where your child will learn and develop through play.
Activities offered by Pre-schools in South Africa
- Pre-schools in South Africa organises various activities for the children throughout the year. For example, once a month the children will visit the library and select new books to read, this helps the children with sounds and their vocab.
- Other activities pre-schools in South Africa is visits to the Park and field on a regular basis and organise trips further afield such as animal farms or the zoo once or twice a year.
- Pre-schools in South Africa also regularly invite visitors to their Pre-School such as the police and fire brigade
Pre-schools in South Africa believe in Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. As parents it is very important to make you aware of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5 the end of their first year at school. It is called the Foundation Stage because it gives a secure foundation for future learning.
Pre-schools in South Africa agree with the EYFS that every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances.
Through the EYFS pre-schools in South Africa apply the standards that they must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.
Pre-schools in South Africa follows the EYFS Framework but encourages parents to read the link which emphasises your role as parents in helping your child develop
In the Early Years Foundation Stage there are seven areas of learning. The EYFS concentrates initially on the three prime areas Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. These areas are the most important in teaching the key skills that all children need to develop and learn and for future learning in school.
As the children grow we continue to build on these prime areas mentioned above and this helps to develop into the four specific areas – Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design.
These areas are all important and interconnected. Through each area of learning Pre-schools in South Africa plan purposeful play through a mix of activities led by the adults and also initiated by the children. Play is the key to the way young children learn. Play is essential, so children can develop the confidence for learning, social skills needed for personal development and skills needed for writing, counting and exploring their environment.
All children learn best from experiences that are suitable for their stage of development both outside and indoors. Our activities are flexible to suit the unique needs and interests of all the children. The children learn by leading their own play and actively exploring the Pre-School environment. They are encouraged to be curious to ask questions and creative and critical thinking.
Finally, the Early Years Foundation stage is about you and your child working in partnership with pre-schools to ensure your child’s needs are best met.