CONTACT Kids @ Home

contact • Sharon Gray
phone • 021 5311533 / 082 061 9602
email sharon@kidsathome.co.za
kathomeadmin@mweb.co.za

Kids@home is a home-based
Early Childhood Development Centre,
located in Pinelands, Cape Town.

We have a great team of highly qualified and experienced staff who have been together for over 10 years. We have been in operation since 2003 and offer quality care to children aged 3-6 years old. We are registered with the Western Cape Education Department as an Early Childhood Development Independent School.

Our services include:

  • Squirrel Class
    3-4 years: 07:40 - 12:00
  • Bunny Class
    4-5 years: 07:40 - 12:30
  • Gr R Class
    5-6 years: 07:40 - 12:50
  • Aftercare
    12:00 - 16:00
  • Holiday Care
    08:00 - 14:00

Preschool to a child is a world full of exciting experiences. At Kids@home Early Learning Centre, your child will develop and grow, make new friends and meet new people. At Kids@home, we acknowledge the child as capable and resourceful and recognize that development and learning are a life long process, which, to a large extent, is influenced by the interactions and relationships with others and the opportunities and possibilities provided for the child.

We are committed to promoting and supporting life enhancing relationships, and giving opportunities to children to make meaning of their own sense of self and the world around them. We value play as being the most valuable context in which children learn both cognitively and socially. We also recognize that rich play experiences can lay a strong foundation for the years ahead, including helping your child to become a confident learner.

We are committed to working as a team to provide a safe, aesthetically pleasing, inclusive and stimulating environment, facilitating learning in all areas within the context of the child’s family and culture.

OUR SCHOOL MISSION & OBJECTIVES

Kids@home Early Learning Centre strives to create a safe, happy, stimulating environment for children to develop their early learning skills through assisted educational activities and free play. We also strive to develop each child’s full potential with the resources available.

To achieve this goal, our objectives are:

  • To maintain a high level of comprehensive education
  • To be a caring, nurturing school by focusing on the needs of each child as an individual
  • To involve each family as much as possible
  • To Include and support learners and their families who have any form of disability
  • To share a caring attitude towards the learners and their families.

We strive to:

  • encourage pure, wholesome moral values
  • encourage a respect and sensitivity for differences
  • recognize the rights of others to pursue their own religious beliefs
  • develop teaching principles that are based on human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and responsibilities.

To ensure efficient management and running of the school we will:

  • maintain strong, open communication between parents, teachers, managers, specialists & fund raising committee
  • employ qualified, reliable staff based on merit but with sensitivity to issues of equal opportunities
  • maintain all the facilities in good condition
  • maintain good relationships with other educational organizations and the community.

OUR PROGRAMME

We structure our programme around four key elements, namely social, emotional, physical and intellectual.

  • Social:
    At Kids@home, our children communicate with others verbally and non verbally to engage the world around them. As they make new friends, they gain the confidence, self esteem and negotiating skills necessary for a lifetime of healthy relationships.
  • Emotional:
    Our children enjoy a safe, nurturing ‘home away from home’ environment where they are able to express themselves and understand their own unique identities. As they grow, we hope they will gain the comfort and confidence to forge trusting relationships, value their individuality and have fun in the process.
  • Physical:
    We focus on the physical health and well being of each child, so that they grow up safe and strong. Motor skill development, co-ordination, mobility and exercise all help in developing a healthy body.
  • Intellectual:
    Our learning programme is aimed at building brain power by supporting the development of judgement, perception, memory, reasoning, critical thinking and language through a series of age-appropriate cognitive activities. Pre reading, pre writing and early maths are important as our children experience the world around them.

At Kids@home, we are committed to bringing the highest quality early childhood education and care to our children and their families. We regularly update our program and send staff on further training or workshops to ensure that we are keeping ourselves abreast with innovative thinking and teaching methods in the field of ECD education.

To maximize each child’s learning experience, we offer:

  • Small classes to ensure that each child has opportunities to work individually with a teacher.
  • A program that is based on the CAPS curriculum and carefully considers the various development areas and stages of a young child.
  • A number of opportunities for stimulating outings and excursions.
  • A range of teaching methods that support the different learning styles.
  • Activities that are designed to best equip and prepare our children for Gr 1. (School readiness).
  • Ongoing assessment of each learner to carefully observe and manage their progress.
  • A few extra activities such as:
    • Little Muso’s - to develop musical awareness and expose the children to a range of musical concepts and songs, whilst being able to relax and have fun.
    • Monkeynastics - to further develop co-ordination, motor skills, flexibility, balance, strength, agility and body awareness through music and storytelling.
    • Xhosa - where our children are exposed to an additional language. Here they learn the names of body parts, basic greetings, days of the week, colours and numbers 1-10.
    • Neuro net - this program facilitates learning through movement. It is a strategic approach based on scientific research of how our brains create and strengthen neural networks. The program helps children achieve greater automaticity or fluency in their development of essential pre reading, writing and math skills. They have an Early Learning Program from age 3-5 and Integrated Rhythms for our Gr R’s. It will benefit our children in their development of essential pre reading, handwriting and math skills. Please look at their website www.neuronetlearning.com if you require more information. You will be billed monthly for this program at R25 per child.

OUR TEAM

Crystel Minnaar Teacher in our Squirrel Class
Chandra Harris Teacher in our Bunny Class
Sharon Gray Teacher in Gr R Class
Nancy Soqaka Xhosa teacher and class assistant
to both Bunny and Gr R classes.

CONTACT Kids @ Home

contact • Sharon Gray
phone • 021 5311533 / 082 061 9602
email sharon@kidsathome.co.za
kathomeadmin@mweb.co.za

SQUIRREL CLASS

for 3-4 year olds:

At this age, children make new discoveries daily and they begin to express their independence. In the Squirrel class we introduce them to a world of learning, sharing and exploring.

Our holistic approach in this classroom engages their young minds with the early learning fundamentals they’ll need as they continue on the our Bunny class and Gr R, with a blend of music, art and dramatic play. Ultimately, our program is designed to best prepare each child for preschool education (age group 4-5 & 5-6 years).
Here, Crystel encourages and supports each child in order to build their self confidence and basic self help skills. She also creates many opportunities where the children can express themselves creatively though music, art, dance and drama.

The classroom environment is set out in such a way as to build each child’s cognitive, emotional, social and physical skills.

Planned activities are age-appropriate, using materials that help each child to cover important learning concepts daily.

Crystel keeps an open channel of communication between the principal and family of each child. Regular informal meetings are held to keep all updated and informed. Concerns are discussed, monitored and interventions put in place when necessary.

Our daily programme:

07:40 · Doors open
07:40 · Child directed play / activities at tables/ puzzles/ dress up.
08:40 · Tidy up and morning routines
09:00 · Circle time & greeting
09:20 · Small group activities at tables
09:50 · Tidy up
10:00 · Snack time/ fruit sharing
10:15 · Outdoor playtime
11:00 · Pack away & toilet routine
11:10 · Circle time/ language development/ role play/
11:30 · Book sharing/ story time
11:50 · Tidy up & bag packing
12:00 · Home time

Please note: Although personal care activities such as toilet routine and hand washing are scheduled throughout the day, these will also occur outside the scheduled times in order to meet each child’s individual needs.

Our main focus in this age group is to:

  • develop their self help skills - dressing, toilet routine, eating independently
  • enhance & build their vocabulary through books, stories, rhymes and role play
  • build their self esteem and confidence (developing an 'I can attitude')
  • create an awareness of the world around them
  • instil a curiosity about learning
  • make friends and have fun whilst at school.

The teacher facilitates by:

  • responding to each child and by answering questions when necessary
  • praising a child when they attempt to help themselves
  • involving each child in baking/ science/ art activities
  • including each child in activities such as pouring juice for snack time, reading a book or packing away
  • allowing each child to experiment and try out their skills
  • encouraging children to share what they are learning/ to show what they can do
  • including each child during circle time/ group activities so that they all feel valued
  • encouraging children to talk about themselves (news time) or share their interests or talents
  • showing appreciation or responding positively to a child’s actions
  • providing opportunities for the children to be near other children or engage with their peers, take turns or play turn-taking games
  • providing opportunities for children to talk about their favourite things & activities
  • letting the children be involved in making the rules for the class and explaining the reasons for each
  • explaining consequences for rules not being followed
  • pointing out dangers in the home & school environment
  • making children aware of safety symbols e.g fasten safety belt, poison, stop sign etc
  • encouraging the children to always be honest and have good manners.

BUNNY CLASS

for 4-5 year olds & Gr R for 5-6 year olds

Through independent exploration, more structured activities and hands on learning our children now start to develop a variety of skills and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Early literacy
  • Early numeracy
  • Life skills
  • Social skills

In the Bunny Class & Gr R Class, we follow a themed approach to encourage each child’s curiosity, increase their confidence and support self directed activities. The children are involved in small and whole group activities where they are encouraged to solve problems, develop their thinking skills and learn how to work in a group.

The classroom environment is set out in such a way as to build each child’s cognitive, emotional, social and physical skills.
Observation based assessments (that track each child’s progress) and one on one interactions, help the teacher to guide the child towards their developmental milestones and eventual school readiness.

Each child has a work portfolio, art file and record file that document growth and development through each child’s work.

Chandra and Sharon meet regularly with parents to discuss developments, concerns and methods to support where necessary. Here they discuss ways that parents are able to continue the learning process at home. E.g. reading to children at bed time, playing board games, building puzzles, topics to spark discussions etc.

In this class the teachers have 6 focus areas on they which theywork, namely:

  • Communication: by creating a language rich environment in the classroom, we hope to encourage each child’s development of 'early literacy'. Activities include reading aloud, introducing the children to the Letterland characters, role play, rhymes etc.
  • Building brain power: We try and help each child develop a higher level of thinking skills.
    • We encourage the exploration of the physical properties of materials e.g wood, plastic & glass;
    • Use daily calendar activities to teach sequencing of events, patterns & routines)
    • We support the learning of cognitive skills such as counting, testing & drawing conclusions – whilst doing baking or science activities/experiments.
  • Making new friends: We discuss ways of developing strong relationships by:
    • Modelling social concepts such as please and thank you.
    • Having daily discussions
    • Exploring similarities & differences between children
    • Encourage co-operation with one another
  • Growing a Healthy Body: By doing various activities like lacing cards, stencils, writing activities, play dough etc, we enhance the child’s fine motor skills. We strengthen co-ordination and gross motor skills through running jumping and throwing activities twice a week. We discuss healthy food choices with the children, so that they start making healthy choices for themselves. In our themes we also discuss ways our bodies respond to exercise and the food we take in.
  • Nurturing Creativity: We encourage each child to explore their creative ideas and talents by providing activities daily where the children can express themselves by painting, moving, dancing, singing, puppet shows, telling of stories and role play.
  • Developing Lasting Life Skills: We encourage curiosity and choice, by providing the children with opportunities to solve problems, share their ideas or thinking. We also use daily routines to promote memory.

Our daily programme:

07:40 · Doors open
07:40 · Child directed play / learning centres/ small group activities
08:40 · Tidy up and morning routines
09:00 · Circle time & greeting/ weather/ theme discussion
09:20 · Small group activities at tables
09:50 · Tidy up
10:00 · Snack time
10:15 · Outdoor playtime
11:00 · Pack away & toilet routine
11:10 · Literacy/ numeracy discussion & task
11:30 · Music/ role play/ nursery rhymes/ outdoor activities
11:50 · Tidy up, bag packing & story time
12:00 · Home time

Please note: Although personal care activities such as toilet routine and hand washing are scheduled throughout the day, these will also occur outside the scheduled times in order to meet each child’s individual needs.

Our main focus in these groups are:

  • Lessons & activities to help prepare each child for Gr R and Gr 1 respectively.
  • Small group lessons focused on early literacy, early numeracy, basic life skills and social skills
  • Whole class activities that help each child build an awareness of others and a sense of community
  • Hands on experiences that encourage independent, creative learning
  • Classroom activities that help each child build literacy and numeracy skills
  • Regular parent teacher communication and ways to connect what he/she learns at home with what is covered at school
  • Encouraging the children to name their feelings and model ways of showing strong feelings.

As these learners grow, we create activities and lessons that help each child explore, communicate and create in a nurturing, small class environment. As our class is small, the children receive one on one attention.

Our programme is based on the CAPS curriculum. We also refer to a number of resources when planning our program and lessons, which have been revised according to the CAPS curriculum.

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