Valley Pre-Primary was founded in 1968 by a group of enthusiastic parents. Set amidst trees and well-established gardens, the school is across the road from Kronendal Primary and only minutes from the Hout Bay beach and shopping centres..The school’s peaceful and well-secured grounds, together with our team of dedicated teachers, provides a safe and caring learning environment for its ±150 learners.
Valley Pre-Primary provides the perfect grounding for young learners as they prepare for the step-up to Grade 1.It is also the official feeder school for the renowned Kronendal Primary School.
Learners are encouraged to
- Develop self-motivation, self-confidence & positive self-esteem
- Develop acceptable social skills
- Learn self-discipline & a sense of responsibility
- Acknowledge & take pride in performance
- Solve own problems creatively & make own decisions
Our philosophy is . . .
- Based upon positivity.
- To educate children toward independence, self-sufficiency and maturity.
- To build children’s belief in themselves by encouraging them to make their own decisions and by teaching them to solve their own problems creatively.
- To recognise children as individuals with differing needs and capabilities.
- To develop a curriculum that reflects the specific needs of the individual.
- To develop an interest in learning in our children.
- Not only to educate children for the time they are with us – but to educate them for life!
How we cater for grade R and pre-grade R children
Young children get ready for formal learning and life through play. At Valley we cater for a two or three year programme, i.e. Grade R (5 – 6 years old) and Pre-Grade R (3½ – 5 years old). The difference between the two programmes is as follows: Grade R is the first year of the foundation phase (Grade R to Grade 3) and follows the National Curriculum. This is a child centred curriculum and focuses on Home language, Mathematics and Life Skills. In dealing with the 3½ – 5 year old child and the 5 – 6 year old child, the teacher has a different approach. Our expectations of children vary according to their ages and it is extremely important to provide a programme, which is suited to both their needs and abilities. These are the building blocks upon which their futures depend with emphasis on emotional security: It is important to note that a child’s emotional intelligence is equally as important as his intellectual intelligence. If your child does not feel emotionally secure, it is unlikely that he will reach his/her full potential.
How do we nurture each childs emotional needs?
Through building/maturing their:
The child is self-assured, spontaneous, can handle unfamiliar situations, express his own opinion, can act in front of others, defend his point of view, has a good self-image and appears happy and relaxed.
The child works and acts independently, accepts responsibility, handles problem situations, makes decisions and shows initiative.
The child shows will-power, accepts authority, is able to control feelings, is patient and forgiving, is self-disciplined, has a sense of humour and can concentrate for a reasonable period of time. The emotional/social development of a child is a fragile and intricate process.