Programmes

3-4-year-olds: These classes follow a Daily Programme aligned with the National Curriculum Framework (NCF): Advancing Further.
4-5-year-olds: These classes follow a Daily Programme aligned with the National Curriculum Framework (NCF): Towards Grade R.
5-6 year olds:  The Grade R class follows the curriculum set out by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED). The Educator responsible for this course has undergone the Curriculum Assessment Policy Standards(CAPS) training. Mathematics, Life Skills and Home Language activities form part of a Grade R learner’s day.

Daily routine

Each day a Stepping Stones’ child can look forward to a variety of creative, stimulating and educational activities. 07h00 marks the start of the school day and the arrival of children.

Each class has its own age-appropriate Daily Programme which may include:

  • the morning discussion ring
  • creative art activities
  • water play
  • fantasy play
  • block construction
  • maths activities
  • music and movement
  • outdoor play
  • language activities
  • educational games & puzzles
  • life skills
  • story time

Following a full morning of fun and learning, the children enjoy a well-earned rest between 13h00 and 14h30.

Meals & snacks:

  • Breakfast is served between 08h00 and 09h00.
  • Lunch is served between 12h00 and 13h00.
  • All classes have a morning snack at 10h00 and a second snack is served after the children wake up from their rest time in the afternoon.

The Aftercare Programme:

This starts at 15h00 with the opportunity to play in an area of choice, followed by drama, music or movement. Then it’s time for quiet play with educational games, puzzles, Lego or reading. Free choice to do a variety of art such as drawing, cutting, etc. follows at 16h30 and at 17h00 it is story time – either to listen to, or act out a favourite story. The day ends at 17h30.

Enrichment Programme

Once a week, the children attend a library session. A librarian from the Cape Town Central Library visits the school to read to the children. A volunteer also reads to the children at these sessions. Every week each child chooses a book to take home so that their parents/caregivers can  read with them at home. We hope to instil a love of books and the joy of reading in the children, as well as to encourage special times at home with parents/caregivers while sharing the books and stories. Parents are also encouraged to join the Public Library to further support their children’s love of books and knowledge.
Once a week the children learn about the practice of stillness. They discuss the difference between busy-ness and stillness with the goal being that they are able to master the habit of clearing their minds from stress and anxiety and being present and more focused when they choose to be.
Once a week the children take a magical, musical piano journey. They discover and express the joy of music and sound, play on the piano, learn about rhythms and scales and, most of all, make heartfelt, enthusiastic musical noise.
For our children attending Grade R a volunteer teaches them different ball skills every week. It promotes physical health, improves hand-eye coordination and activates different areas in the brain.

Health and well-being

Oral health

Stepping Stones has been part of a project launched in 2011 by Dr Shireen Parker, a dentist from Hope Street Clinic. At the beginning of each year, Dr Parker examines the children’s teeth and informs both the school and the parents of the state of each child’s oral health. Appointments are then set up at the clinic if treatment is required. Each child also receives a toothbrush and toothpaste to ensure that teeth get a daily brushing while at Stepping Stones. Dr Parker hosts oral health workshops with the staff who in turn teach the children how best to care for their teeth.

Nutrition

Healthy nutrition is essential for any child’s intellectual, emotional and physical development.  The school provides breakfast and lunch as well as two snacks daily for each child. Parents provide a sandwich and fruit each day for one of the snack times. No sweets, chips or fizzy drinks are permitted as daily snacks. A nutritionally balanced and well-planned weekly menu is on display in the kitchen, in the office and on the notice board downstairs.

Fun & Educational Excursions

At least once a term, children go on an adventure to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the world. Some of these excursions include:

  • Kirstenbosch botanical gardens
  • The Company Gardens
  • The Blue Train in Green point
  • Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Camps Bay beach
  • Iziko Museum & Planetarium
  • The Baxter theatre
  • The ECD Reading Centre @ Centre for the Book
  • Observatory Science Centre
  • Butterfly world
  • Giraffe House
  • Green Point Peace Park
  • Intaka Island