Welridge Academy Pre-School
We cater for children from 12 months to 6 years (Grade 00).
OUR PRE-SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Producing the finest curriculum for children requires adherence to high standards.
Welridge Academy allows for parents, with the means to do so, an opportunity to provide their children an education of outstanding quality.
Pre-school is a preparation for life itself and probably the most important stage of all as it is where the foundation of the child’s future is laid.
Entering school is one of the most important steps in a child’s life. If a child is school-ready, the chances of a successful school career are greatly increased. School readiness begins at birth and goes hand in hand with the normal developmental stages of a child. It is very important that a child is school ready by the time they reach compulsory school-going age. A young child learns through their interaction with their environment, something they do through the use of all of their senses i.e. seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling.
Experimentation within a safe environment is vital for learning at this stage.
Admission Requirements for 2017:
Babies born in 2013 (1 turning 2)
Toddlers born in 2014 (2 turning 3)
Grade 000 born in 2013 (3 turning 4)
Grade 00 born in 2012 (4 turning 5)
I Thought My Kid Didn’t Need Pre-school……I Was Wrong
Back when I was a first-time mom who knew everything about stellar parenting (yes, I’ll wait while your eyes finish rolling,) I was sure my son didn’t need preschool. I mean, what could he possibly learn there that he didn’t already know? At 4 years old, he was able to read anything on his bookshelf. He knew all his shapes. He knew all his colours. He could count as high as anybody asked him to. I stayed at home with him and enriched his little brain with developmentally appropriate activities whenever I could. He would be bored if I sent him to preschool, I reasoned.
So I didn’t.
When he was 5 and eligible to start school, I didn’t even consider waiting another year. He was TOTALLY ready! On the first day, I took him into the school gymnasium where all the other carefully combed, wide-eyed little children were sitting in a group. I watched from the side-lines as they all took in their new surroundings, fidgeting nervously.
Finally it was time for them to head to their respective classrooms. My son’s new teacher said, “okay, children! Let’s get in a line!” One by one, they lined up like ducklings – except my son. He stood beside one of his classmates, shoulder to shoulder, oblivious to what he was supposed to do.
As I watched his teacher gently guide him to the back of the line, a flood of panic washed over me, and I came to a guilty realization: My child didn’t even know how to line up. He’s never had to. No daycare, no preschool, no siblings (at that point anyway,) no reason to wait his turn.
I thought he didn’t need preschool since he already knew more than the fundamentals of language and math. But it had never occurred to me that by missing out on preschool, he had missed out on SO MUCH MORE.
Namely, the opportunity to socialize and learn the basics of being part of a class –critical skills he would need as he went through the next 12 years of school. I naively thought my son would start school ahead of the curve, but in many ways, he was far behind the other kids.
I learned the hard way, so you don’t have to, because here’s the thing:
Whether your 3 or 4 year old is a budding calculus wiz or can barely string sentences together, preschool is a valuable resource that equips them with the sturdiest educational foundation possible. This isn’t just an opinion. Its recently been verified – and not for the first time – in A REPORT authored by a plethora of early childhood professionals from prestigious institutions such as Duke, Vanderbilt, Rutgers and Harvard, just to name a few. They found that pre-scholars show significantly higher levers of school readiness than their non-attending counterparts. Researchers also determined it’s extra-beneficial for kids from low-income families and multilingual households.
Yes, your child will be taught basic things like colours and shapes and sometimes things they’ve already mastered, but the benefits they take away from preschool go much deeper than memorizing their letters and reciting songs.
PRESCHOOL HELPS YOUR CHILD FEEL SECURE
It’s a stable, nurturing environment where kids see the same faces, stick to a similar routine every day and KNOW THAT THEIR TEACHER CARES FOR THEM. Not only that, but it also helps reaffirm that when you go away, you always come back.
PRESCHOOL PROVIDES DIVERSITY.
What do kids of different ethicists and social cultural backgrounds have in common? At preschool, they get to find out – and learn that they can be friends with all types of people.
PRESCHOOL TEACHES RESPONSIBILITY.
Preschoolers are expected to hang up their coats and backpacks, keep their desks clean, pick up their toys and often have classroom “jobs” like turning off lights on the way to the playground.
PRESCHOOL PROMOTES SELF- SUFFICIENCY.
In a typically sized classroom, teachers don’t have time to wipe every nose, wash every hand, zip every coat and clean every butt- which leads kids to learn to do these things (and more) on their own.
PRESCHOOL EMPHASIZES GOOD MANNERS.
Kids practice waiting patiently for their turn, sharing toys and art supplies, saying “please” and “thank you”, speaking in an inside voice and generally being polite human beings.
PRESCHOOL KEEPS KIDS ACTIVE.
Physical play is a huge part of preschool – not just on playground equipment, but through dance and games involving movement as well.
PRESCHOOL ALLOWS IMAGINATION TO FLOURISH.
Most preschool classrooms are a treasure trove of opportunity for imaginative play. There are blocks to build, art supplies to create with and costumes and props so kids can pretend to be parents, doctors, rescue workers, or whatever else they can come up with.
I thought I was giving my son all he needed at home, but as it turned out, there are benefits to attending preschool that even the most involved, well – intentioned parent can’t provide. I learned from my mistake though and sent my younger kids who reaped the benefits and showed much more readiness for school than their older brother.
As for my oldest, preschool-less son, I feel bad that he missed out because of my ignorance. But I guess someone’s got to be the guinea pig.