The Pre-Primary staff are fully qualified, experienced and dedicated to educating each pupil individually. Teacher pupil ratio is kept to a limited number; therefore, the teachers are able to give individual attention at all times. Children are taught according to individual strengths. Teaching methods aim at a holistic approach to child development. The teachers do not attempt to shape pupils into one mould; the teachers mould pupils into their own, unique shape.
The Pre-Primary is housed in its own purpose made Pre-School facility at Creston College, which is situated on the Lower South Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, also known as the Hibiscus Coast. This Phase accepts children aged 3-6 years. It consists of a Grade 000 class (ages 3-4 years), two Grade 00 classerooms (ages 4-5 years) and two Grade 0 classrooms (ages 5-6 years) The classrooms are spacious with large glass sliding doors facing onto the fully-walled, grassed garden.
The gross motor equipment consists of a large sandpit, an extensive jungle gym, swings, various balancing apparatus, a cycle track, a woodwork bench, a ball court and sensopathic/water trays. This outdoor learning area is aimed at developing and refining the co-ordination of a child’s large muscles. Specialised extra-curricular lessons are also offered to the children: Playball, Gymnastics, and Pottery. (Cost to parents).
The ‘Learn to Swim’ programme is taught by qualified coaches, twice a week, during the first and fourth terms, in the large school pool. This programme enables children to become water-safe and learn the correct swimming techniques and strokes from an early start in their lives.
The Pre-Primary phase is included in Junior Primary assemblies, sporting, cultural and social activities, thereby familiarising these children with the rest of the College. The Grade 0 teachers, in particular, work closely with the Grade 1 teachers, so as to ensure a smooth transition from Pre-Primary to formal schooling in the Junior Primary phase of this private school. This informal integration makes for an easy adjustment to “big school”, and the pupils are able to move confidently into the Junior Primary Phase of their education.
Exploration and experimentation leads to curious and confident children. The enjoyment of daily, free play leads to real learning, as children are encouraged to learn through a natural process of ‘trial and error’.
Creative activities take place on a daily basis, where pupils are able to express themselves in an individual manner. Classrooms are always colourfully decorated with each pupil’s creations!
Pupils are taught, from this young age, to familiarise themselves with technology, as they have been born into the ’digital age’. The introduction of learning to use the apps on the iPads consolidates the skills that are taught at a concrete level every day. As Creston College has wireless internet connectivity throughout the campus, accessing the internet to enhance topics of discussion is very quick and incredibly effective, as meaningful learning occurs in a realistic environment.