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Why childcare education is important?

Children get the best start in their lives when they have access to high-quality early childhood education. It offers important opportunities to learn, grow and be successful. Early childhood education is a great way to help your child meet new friends, learn new routines and develop independence. It can also help them transition to school.

Childcare Education

There are many educational childcare options available for South African families with children. This guide includes a list of South African pre-schools and childcare centers.

There are many childcare options for working parents in South Africa. This comprehensive guide will help you understand how to enroll your child into pre-school. It also explains what Grade R curriculum is and what requirements you must meet. You can also find out the costs for daycare and preschools.

Constitution of South Africa provides that everyone has the right “to a basic education.” To ensure that children start their education in early childhood, the government has invested heavily into preschool and childcare centers.

The Government’s Early Childhood program (ECD), recognized South Africa’s preschools as offering a Grade R curriculum. The general consensus is that early childhood development is a collaborative effort between the parents, the community and the government.

ECD programs are designed to help children develop their social, emotional and physical potential. ECD uses different learning methods to allow children to learn more about their environment and themselves.

The ECD program and children’s rights

The rights of young South African kids (ages 0-3) include:

  • Protection against physical danger
  • Health and nutrition should be balanced
  • Proper immunizations
  • A mature adult with whom to form an affection
  • A mature adult who understands and responds to their signals
  • Things to see, feel, hear, smell and taste
  • Explore their world.
  • Appropriate language stimulation
  • Assistance in the development of their motor neurons, language, thinking, and thinking skills
  • The chance to achieve some independence
  • Learn how to manage their behavior
  • There are many opportunities to learn how to take care of yourself
  • Everyday opportunities to play with a variety educational objects

Pre-school is a place where your child can learn new skills, such as:

  • Opportunities to improve motor skills
  • Encouragement of language through speaking, reading, and singing
  • Activities that promote mastery
  • Experimentation with prewriting and prereading skills
  • Explorations through hands-on action for learning by doing
  • Opportunities to take responsibility and make choices in order to reach your full cognitive, physical, and emotional potential
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Pre-school in South Africa

Children under 7 years of age are not required to attend South Africa’s education system. You have the option to send your child to a Grade R or nursery school.

South Africa has two preschool systems: one funded by the government, which is regulated provincially; the other is independent and managed by local communities or private entities.

Both government and private programs have two components: Pre-Grade R and Grade R programs (Reception year). Pre-Grade R is for children aged 0-4 years. Grade R programs can be used by 5-6-year-olds. The lessons focus on language, mathematics and life skills as well as technology and arts.

How South Africa’s pre-schools operate

South Africa’s schools are run either by the state or privately owned educational institutions. If there are enough vacancies, parents can choose to enroll their child in any school registered with the Provincial Education Department.

You should keep in mind that preschools are usually assigned to one of the feeder schools. If you’re looking for a preschool, you need to think long-term.

South Africa’s general rule is that all children can go to any school they wish. Children who live within the school’s feeder zone have priority. Schools will admit students from areas outside of the catchment area if there are still vacancies.

Learn more,  The Relevance of Early Childhood Education?

South Africa’s preschool selection

Pre-school is not a requirement in South Africa. Parents have the option of enrolling their child in a public school or arranging an early education program for their child privately. It is also important to assess whether your child can handle pre-school emotionally and mentally.

Before you decide on a South African pre-school, it is important to visit the school with your child. This allows you to meet the teachers and learn about Grade R. Also, make sure you check that their regulations and facilities are in compliance with government policies. Pre-schools usually open at 08.30 and 0900, and close at 5.-6pm.

Here are some suggestions from Huggies to help parents who are looking for preschool in South Africa.

  • Ask for a copy the Grade R curriculum. Also, a program detailing the weekly focus.
  • Ask about their policies and whether or not they are open to suggestions.
  • You should inspect the facilities for cleanliness, security, and space.
  • Ask about toys and other activities
  • Ask if toys are regularly cleaned
  • Make sure you check if the school has a noticeboard. Also, find out how they contact parents.
  • Ask about the ratio of teachers and children (the legal requirement is for one teacher to teach 25 children older than 3 years).
  • Pay attention to the behavior of other children, and observe how teachers interact with students.

Take your child with you on the second visit to assess their reactions. It will allow them to interact with teachers and other children, and find out if they enjoy the environment. Ask teachers if your child is ready to go to pre-school if you have concerns.

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Great pre-primary school in Table View, it has been there for many years and we are now on the verge of sending the 2nd generation there and although they have been around for years, the staff are current and up to date with the latest in childcare and early childhood education, peace of mind for sure...
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My daughter been a student since 2019, her brother joined her in 2021, we couldn't be happier with the professionalism shown by the staff. The constant feedback from teachers on progress is on point.
Helping brain development in young children

The environment and genes that influence children’s brains have a significant impact on their ability to learn. Babies are ready to learn when they are born. Around 90 percent of brain development occurs in the first five year of life. It is important to spend the early years learning. Brain development is heavily influenced by the environment and interactions of children with others.

First, vision and hearing pathways are developed. Then comes early language skills and higher cognitive function. Between ages 2 and 4, a child’s vocabulary can quadruple. These connections are more complicated as children get older and can influence brain development. It is easier to start positive learning habits early than to rewrite it later.

Research has shown that preschoolers who are involved in high-quality programs are more likely than others to be able to bring the skills and knowledge they need to school. These benefits go beyond primary school. Participation in quality early childhood education has been associated with higher levels of academic success, employment, and social skills.

Developing independence

Participating in early childhood education for many children is their first significant time away from their families. Children can gain confidence and find their identity in a different environment.

Between the ages three and five, children develop self-regulation skills as part of their independence. These skills include sharing, focusing and taking turns. Toys can be redirected by toddlers by being patient and waiting for them to get their hands on it. Or by listening to what someone is saying to them.

Children need to learn self-regulation skills to be confident and independent. This will allow them to understand themselves and form friends. Healthy self-regulation can be demonstrated by parents, caregivers, and early childhood educators.

Learn new routines

Your child will learn how to adjust to a new routine by attending preschool. Routines have a positive impact on a child’s cognitive and emotional development. Knowing what to expect helps them feel safe and secure.

Routines help children to manage their expectations and decrease temper tantrums. When developing daily routines, early childhood teachers and educators will consider a mix of activities that are active/passive, indoor/outdoor, and child-directed/adult-directed.

Routines can also be planned according to the children’s age to allow for nap time, accommodate any medical requirements, and adjust to their attention spans as well as other age-based needs.

Research shows that preschools offering quality early childhood education can have a variety of benefits for children as well as their families and communities. According to a recent report by childhood educators, preschool children learn best when they are able to interact with peers, get kind treatment from their parents, and don’t feel pressured or compelled to learn.

Experts also stated that children learn best when they have educational and instructional activities that take up only a small portion of their day. This is what quality preschool programs emphasize. The following are some of the benefits of early childhood education:

  • Better social skills: Children are able to interact with others children and adults better. Preschool provides children with the opportunity to develop vital skills such as listening to others, sharing their ideas, making friends, working together, and taking responsibility for their actions.

  • Higher grades: Children who have received early education are more likely to be able to perform in grade school. Preschool programs that are of high quality help children build a solid foundation for their social, physical, and mental development. This prepares them for life.

  • Increased attention span: Children have a tendency to be curious about new things and are more likely to pay attention. High quality early childhood programs offer children the chance to discover new places, new people, and new friendships. They also have the ability to listen, take part in group tasks, follow instructions, and work independently. This is a vital skill that will help them develop their crucial life skill of concentration.

  • Quality early childhood education is associated with more enthusiasm for lifelong learning. Children who are more confident and curious in school will perform better at grade school. Children learn to overcome challenges and develop resilience during times of difficulty. They also settle at school faster and are more likely to enjoy learning new things such as music, dancing and cooking.

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ECD programs are designed to help children develop their social, emotional and physical potential. ECD uses different learning methods to allow children to learn more about their environment and themselves.

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