Directors:

The MCPP motto, “Happy toddlers geared for tomorrow...”, was chosen after careful thought.

A HAPPY toddler is critically important because:

  • “...Stress and threat impact the brain in many ways. They reduce capacity for understanding, meaning and memory. They reduce higher order thinking skills...”
  • “...Emotions run the brain. Bad ones flavor all attempts at learning. Good ones create an excitement and love of learning...” (From: Beginnings and Beyond)

In a nursery school, stability and stimulation are some of the most important considerations for happy toddlers.

To ensure stability, only suitably qualified staff are appointed and there is an assistant in each class (the school subsidises their studies if they are studying towards an educational qualification). To ensure continuity, these assistants are also involved at after care. Parents are involved in the school’s activities in various ways to promote cooperation between the school and home.

Our well-equipped toy library and media centre ensure that our toddlers are exposed to a wide variety of educational toys and equipment (teachers exchange their equipment weekly). A special activity room, equipped with specialised equipment, provide ample opportunity for development. A specially designed area, divided into nine learning areas, provides many opportunities for discovery and exploration; it is an adventurist’s dream and provides various challenges. Every Friday a puppet-show is presented here while special days, such as ‘messy play’ days, also take place here.

"Geared for tomorrow" is the second component of our motto. We follow an outcomes based educational programme where discovery, experience and participation are emphasised. All planning is done around a central theme. The following quotes have been taken from Beginnings and Beyond:

  • “...The neocortex is strongly run by patterns, not facts; we learn best with themes, patterns and whole experiences...”
  • “...We learn in a multipath, simultaneous style that is visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, conscious and non- conscious. We do most poorly when we “piecemeal” learning into linear, sequential math facts and other out-of-context information lists...”
  • “...Our memory is very poor in rote, semantic situations. It is best in contextual, episodic, event-oriented situations...”
  • “...Our brains are stimulated by challenge, novelty and feedback in our learning environments. Creating more of these conditions is critical to brain growth...”


THAT IS WHY WE:

Provide as many opportunities as possible for learning and exploration through our learning programmes:

LANGUAGE

MATHEMATICS

LIFE SKILL

The above are also included in our nine learning areas in and outside the classroom.

Children learn through: PLAY

In Beginnings and Beyond, compiled by Ann Miles Gordon and Kathryn Williams Browne, it becomes clear that children learn best through play:

  • “...Early childhood educators continually search for ways to answer, ‘Don’t they do anything but play?’ In many settings, parental pressure and teacher uncertainty have led to curricula with more table tasks and less active play periods in the daily schedule...”

  • “...Play is the cornerstone of learning, the foundation from which children venture forth to investigate, to test out. Curriculum takes on expression through play; teachers plan curriculum using play as the medium for learning. As they mature, children integrate and assimilate their play experiences and what started out as play is transformed into learning experiences...”

To assist the children in broadening their horizons, excursions are regularly undertaken, while relevant information sessions also take place at the school. A specialised teacher takes care of remedial work, where required, daily, while our toddlers enthusiastically participate in community outreach projects so that they can, from an early age, learn to make a difference. We are also in regular contact with the Primary School to ensure that we are on the same page.

It is a privilege to be involved with MCPP where our motto, “Happy toddlers geared for tomorrow...”, drives us!

 

Mrs. Mariaan Bester     &     Mrs. Lenie Botha (Directors)

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