The Record newspaper carried a small advertisement by a newly qualified Montessori directress keen to begin a playgroup for 2 year olds. A small group of 5 children, Claudia, Gabrielle, Mirella, Callon and Heather enrolled in the playgroup run from a double garage. These were the founding members of the nameless pre-school which began in January 1996. The transition from humble beginnings to a fully-fledged pre-school has been long and arduous, but thanks to the foresight, tenacity and dedication of the staff and parents, continues to develop.
In April 1998 we moved to the present premises at St Francis Presbyterian Church. This move provided an opportunity to grow and strengthen a commitment to the community and children we serve. With warm and sunny rooms, Waterkloof Montessori provides a welcome atmosphere for children to learn. The Montessori environment provides the child with simple and easy activities, which allow your child to develop independently and at his/her own pace. Our role as directresses is to assist your child with his/her natural development.
The main objectives of Waterkloof Montessori pre-school are:
To assist children to develop within themselves a foundation of good habits, attitudes, skills and ideas which are essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning
to encourage and develop a positive attitude towards learning within each child
to build self-esteem
to develop inner discipline through an ordered environment
to initiate the beginnings of perseverance and the ability to complete a ‘learning circle’
to develop the spontaneity and creativity that all children possess
The Montessori environment provides the child with simple and easy activities, which allow your child to develop independently and at his/her own pace. These rudimentary activities are building blocks upon which more advanced and abstract activities and concepts are based. Our role as directresses will be to assist your child with his/her natural development and to encourage growth and development in areas where the child shows little inclination or interest.
Although your child is encouraged to choose his /her activities in the Montessori environment, it is a ‘freedom within limits’ approach. This means that although your child will be free to choose his/her own activities within pre-boundaries boundaries and will learn to respect others as well as the environment. There will also be a time when your son/daughter is encouraged to participate in group activities e.g. circle time in the mornings, story circle, music circle to name but a few.