CARE AND ADMINISTRATION
Carefully selected teachers with relevant qualifications and experience, staff the school.
The focal role of your child’s teacher will be to facilitate a comprehensive pre formal literacy, numeric and life skills program . Our teachers have a passion for teaching young children, it is an occupation that comes from the heart. It is one of the most challenging jobs a person can undertake and one of the most rewarding.
Parents are often anxious about the program a school has to offer. Child psychologists have proven that the most valuable learning a child will experience up to the age of 5 years is through play (indoors and outdoors). So relax Mum, your little one has many years of serious study ahead. Let them have some fun and they will learn without realising it.
Our playground is equipped with 6 jungle gyms, 2 sand pits, 2 water troughs, a train, a boat and a fantasy area. There is a separate playground for toddlers and the 3-5yr old group, with appropriate toys for each age group. Our teaching aids include - puzzles, beads, threaders, art and craft materials, blocks and Legos (to name only a few). Our teachers have a program where the teacher is the facilitator, guiding your child through the lesson. Our exciting and enriching program aims to provide your child with a sound education in a happy, secure and stimulating environment. We have a carefully planned and structured curriculum, which encompasses a holistic approach to education, focusing on the development of the child as a whole i.e. intellectual, physical, emotional and social aspects. Organised class activities and lessons by your child’s teacher are interspersed with periods of free choice indoor and outdoor activities each day.
While lesson planning is an ongoing process, it is underpinned by the 6 main areas of development contained in the government’s Early Years Foundation Stages.
THE ESSENTIAL OUTCOME OF OUR PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM IS THE HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT OF YOUR CHILD:
Developing proper and understandable use of the English language by focusing on listening and speaking skills. Morning Ring, informal discussions, News, Story Time and music, are some of the activities which help your child to achieve this, with every child getting a turn to participate individually.
Learning basic mathematical and scientific concepts (observation, making comparisons, number concepts, problem solving and concentration).
Cognitive and perceptual development in skills in emergent literacy, numeric and writing skills.
Positive self-image and confidence. Learning control over emotions and how to express them in a socially acceptable way.
- Develop healthy relationships with friends and adults.
- Develop acceptable communication skills.
- Understand the values and norms of his/her environment.
- Develop respect and understanding of the needs of all people irrespective of age, gender and culture.
- Attain physical independence.
- Develop gross and small motor skills, as well as perceptual skills that are age appropriate.
- Develop hand-eye co-ordination.
- Understand and control his/her body.
- Develop a strong and healthy body.
EXTRA CURRICULUM LESSONS:
We provide an extensive range of extra curriculum lessons at no extra cost.
These include Dance and Music, Computer Lessons, Tumbling Tots, Ball Skills, Art and Craft, Outdoor Movement (teaching development of gross motor skills incorporating large jungle gym) during the course of the morning program, which runs through until 12pm.
We aim to give your child the best all round education possible without taking his/her childhood away. We look forward to developing and maintaining a close relationship between home and school.
This has become quite a controversial topic amongst parents. There are numerous arguments for and against Computer education at age 3 years. There is a belief amongst some parents that a child can spend this time learning more fundamental life skills. We at Epcot have done research and believe that Computer Education is a fundamental ingredient in a good educational curriculum.
MOST FREQUENT CRITCISIM AGAINST THE USE OF COMPUTERS IN A PRE-SCHOOL:
- The child could spend his/her time doing something more constructive.
- The computer replaces the sound basic program for pre-scholars.
Only after a sound basic program has been developed and used with the child, should the child be introduced to computers. Blocks, sand play, water tables, art and craft materials, books and other proven elements of a good programme should come first. The computer is only introduced to our 3 year olds only after they have had the opportunity to settle into the school routine, which is usually about 3 months after they start. Only then is what they have learnt in the classroom re-enforced in the Computer Room e.g. shapes, colours, Letterland.
The computer's style of interaction favours young children – they learn best through exploratory play. Children do not know what to expect from things in their environment so they try them out playfully and keep on trying them out until they finally get it to work. We could say they learn from their “mistakes”, except for young children there are no mistakes, only different kinds of responses.Computer programs work in the same way - the user keeps trying until they get the program to respond in the way it is supposed to. They get rewarded on achieving the correct response on the monitor screen. Now the child knows what to do in order to proceed. This is how young children learn, by constructing their own knowledge and interacting playfully with objects in their environment.
Every Friday is dedicated as “Fun Friday” - there are no formal lessons. We arrange for some fun filled activities that the day will revolve around e.g. Ball games, face Painting, bike racing, water sports, mini Olympics, obstacle Courses, biscuit decorating, a supercircuit, etc.