We have a house full of happy faces – as our Early Learning Centre opens its doors for 2017. It’s the first day of school, and this year we have 28 children joining us to learn more about themselves and about nature.
The Flower Valley Early Learning Centre offers children from the surrounding rural areas, as well as children from the towns of Gansbaai and Masakhane an opportunity to learn more about the environment. The centre is a member of the Eco-Schools Programme, thereby incorporating environmental education into the curriculum.
The centre also has a vegetable, herb and scent garden – where the children plant seeds and pick their veggies from. The centre recently completed a road safety track in the garden, teaching children how to be safe when walking beside public roads.
The practitioners, guided by principal Jimmona Schuurman, encourage recycling and up cycling at the facility, teaching practices that children can then take to their own homes.
During the first term, the centre will focus on environmental orientation, and encouraging children to know themselves and to explore different emotions. A number of outings have also been planned, including regular walks on Flower Valley Farm.