LANGUAGE, CLASS DIVISION & EXTRA-MURAL ACTIVITIES

Language of instruction:

Instruction is conducted in both English and Afrikaans but our curriculum is written in English.

All assessment & progress reports are prepared in English.

Progress reports:

June and December

Class division: (Milestone development will indicate when a child is ready to move to the next class.)

Purple Class – Babies

Red Class – Toddlers

Yellow Class – Junior

Green Class – Senior

CURRICULUM

We aim to create an environment rich in stimulation, comfort and loving attention, to enhance your child’s development. We believe that each child is an individual, and may meet their milestones a little earlier or later than their peers and therefore encourage the baby to develop at their own pace with our guidance and support.

The process of development involves learning and mastering skills like sitting, walking, talking, skipping and eventually tying their own shoes laces. Children learn these skills, known as developmental milestones, during predictable time periods.

Children develop skills in five main areas:

  1. Cognitive development (the ability to learn and solve problems)
  2. Social and Emotional development (the ability to interact with others and to learn self control)
  3. Speech and Language development (the ability to understand and use language)
  4. Fine Motor Skill development (the ability to use small muscles, especially the hands and fingers)
  5. Gross Motor Skill development (the ability to use larger muscles)

We have different stimulation activities from different sources.  Our daily stimulation activities are aimed at achieving these developmental milestones. The parent receives a progress report every 6 months.

Curriculum: Junior & Senior (2-5 years)

Our focus is to develop our toddlers’ basic skills. We play and learn while developing movement, sensory and tactile skills. Fun is the key word in all daily activities.

We do not follow a specific curriculum but our educational program is fully integrated with the curriculum and standards set by the Department of Education.  The activities are aligned to the subjects and content, concepts and skills for the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS). Subjects such as science, math, language skills, cultural- and social development as well as art, motor skills and perception are incorporated throughout the year’s program.

Our program is based on Christian Ethics. Children are not only taught learning skills, but educated in the values of life.

During our creative activities (art), we strive to develop the child’s creativity, thus emphasis is placed on the discussion and exercise and not the final outcome of the article. The idea is not to create a perfect artwork, but to focus on the child’s development. The end product is therefore less important than the process of creativity, the discussion and the child’s enjoyment. (Outcome based teaching).

The programme is divided into forty themes throughout the year. We do not teach children to read or write in a formal way, but exercises for preparatory math and writing are included throughout the year.

Our children still have years of formal schooling ahead of them, so we aim at teaching in a playful manner, where they gradually get used to classroom ethics. The lessons and stories are aimed to encourage participation by means of questions and discussions in such a way that toddlers don’t even realize that they are being taught.

Outings and other school activities

Miesha daycare started doing outings for our senior class only.  The  0-3 year old children are too small and they can get lost very easily.

Once a year we have all of the following happening at Miesha;

“Ken-mekaar” picnic

Grandparents Day

Photo day

Easter Hunt

School birthday Fun day

Christmas@school

Concert

*** Please keep an eye on the school calendar for all of the dates for the above ***

Healthy Eating Plan

We at Miesha Daycare strive to give our children a healthy eating plan.  Our menu was planned by a Dietician. (See menu in class).  We serve the following meals which are included in the school fees:

Breakfast       7h45

Tea                 09h45

Lunch            11h45

Snack             15h00

Please try to bring all children who need to have breakfast at school, before 7h45.  Our daily program starts at 8h00 and no breakfast will be served later than this. We have 2 snack days per week, where parents are to provide a small snack box for the 10h00 snack. No lollies and chewing gum allowed.

Baking

Every Friday we have “Bak en Brou”.  This is an expensive activity and there for we ask for each parent to pay R100 per term for Friday Baking.  This must be handed in at your class teacher at the beginning of each term, please NO EFT payments for this

Extra Activities Offered

EQ4Kids

Through this program children can be equipped with emotional intelligence skills from as young as possible. The skills and lessons taught through this program will enable your child to recognize emotions in the self and in others, understand the causes of emotions as well as their consequences, label emotions with a sophisticated vocabulary, learn to express emotions in socially appropriate ways as well as to regulate emotions effectively. It also teaches children a variety of other essential life skills.

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Living Ball

Living Ball Kids are private extra mural activities offered for all children aged between 3-10 years at pre- as well as primary schools. These programmes concentrate on netball/hockey/soccer/cricket based skills which includes physical and motor-skilled development. The Netball/Hockey/Soccer/Cricket curriculum has been developed to focus on safety and skill development. These programmes are specially formulated to enhance skill development through fun, positive, energetic and enjoyable exercises, training and games.

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Swim4Kids

Swimming Season: September – May. Indoor heated pool (30C). Only 2 kids per coach. For all kids regardless of abilities. For babies, kids, stroke correction and adults.

No forced used to obtain results, i.e. don’t push faces in water. We use positive teaching methods, creativity and specialised swimming equipment and exercises. It provides children with an unintimadting environment in which to develop love and respects for water and definite progress.

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