Choosing your child’s first school can seem like a daunting process, but a lot of it is knowing what you want and what is best for your child. Your first step is to search for a school in your chosen area on www.schoolguide.co.za. Our team has put together this simple guide to help you.
As a parent of two young girls, (age 6 and 14 months) and having moved four provinces in 5 years, and double the amount of schools, I have had plenty of experience in choosing schools for my children. Here are a few points to consider when making this important decision, writes Jackie Brindley.
The South African government's current education policy for pre-primary schooling in South Africa is termed 'ECD' or Early Childhood Development, which covers children from birth until 7 years of age. These programs include a wide range of services directed at helping families and communities from all provinces and from every background provide an education for their children.
Every Pre-Primary school teacher will admit that one of the most important aspects of a young child's education is playtime. It is baffling to think that there are parents out there who are wholly concerned with academic achievement and believe that even 2 hours of playtime at school is more than enough. This is most certainly not true! Playtime is an integral part of a child's development and can benefit them in a myriad of ways.
You are trusting the school to look after your child. You need to know that they will be safe, secure and well cared for in that environment. Here's a helpful checklist we've compiled to help you put your mind at ease:
Music and movement play a large part in every pre-primary school's curriculum. It works wonders for your child's development on so many levels. Humans are wired to recognize and appreciate music; it triggers the brain's pleasure zones, enhances the senses and inspires creativity. Music is possibly the oldest form of bringing people together in a positive way.
Starting a new school is definitely a big deal, and the anxiety of being left alone in a strange environment can be very stressful for your child. They may have some separation anxiety and you need to know how to handle it, writes Sandra Buckingham.
Storytelling is as old as time. From Adam and Eve to the Trojan War, the history of human civilization rests in the stories our ancestors used to tell, perhaps around a fire, so many thousands of years ago. The advantages of reading or telling a story to your young child are many, and not only educationally, but also neurologically, psychologically, linguistically and socially. Here are seven reasons to start reading now!