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It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the wonderful world of the Junior Colleges Pre-school Group comprising of eight pre-schools. We cater for children from 3 months to 6 years old. Each of our schools are conveniently situated within close proximity to main arterial roads.

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Vision

Junior Colleges aim to be the ultimate national Pre-School Group that provides the opportunity to develop children to their full potential through love and respect in a caring, nurturing and safe environment.


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“Building our world one child at a time”

Activities


Music

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Research has proven that there is a connection between music and the development of mathematical thinking and mathematical concepts

Through music, a child can be lost in an imaginary world that stimulates a child’s creativity.

Music develops the child’s social skills

Music enhances self‐concept by sharing music and dance of each other’s culture

Music refines listening skills – children are taught to hear changes in tempo or pitch.

Children develop the mastery of physical self – co-ordination which aids muscular development. They begin to understand what they can do with their bodies as they run, skip, jump, stretch and balance.

Research has further shown that participation in music at an early age can help improve a child’s learning ability and memory.

Music and movement allows children acceptable outlets to express their feelings and relieve tension.

Music is always FUN, FUN, FUN!!

Physical Activities

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Gross motor activities improves the muscle strength and overall flexibility of the body.

Physical activities assist in a child maintaining a normal body-weight.

Active children are better organized and more motivated than inactive children

Gross motor activities enhance children’s brain development and according to research there is a strong correlation between physical activity and the brain development of a child.

Physical activities are great for the improvement and maintenance of good body posture and balance.

Gross-motor activities inculcate feelings of achievement, confidence, relaxation and develops overall self-esteem in a child.

Children who indulge in physical activities tend to have longer concentration spans and focus during school.

Regular physical activities boosts the immune system and assists in ensuring good health.

Physical activities builds a child’s stamina and he/she becomes more active and energetic. It also assists in improving brain and body co-ordination.

Play

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Through play, children expand their vocabulary by interacting with their friends.

During play children acquire a higher level of language comprehension

Children exercise their imagination and spontaneity through role-playing and story telling

Play develops empathy and allows children to respond to their friend’s feelings and manage their own feelings

Play is a great way for children to learn to take turns and to share

During play children experiment with roles of the people in their home, school and community.

Play allows children learn how to deal with conflict situations

Children who indulge in play have better problem-solving abilities

Research has proven that children who indulge in play have reduced aggression

Play allows children to become more innovative

Play promotes the art of conversation

Because children are immersed in the enjoyment of play, they are enhancing their attention span.

Play is a wonderful way to indulge in meaningful and happy learning.

Culture

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Through play, children expand their vocabulary by interacting with their friends.

During play children acquire a higher level of language comprehension

Children exercise their imagination and spontaneity through role-playing and story telling

Play develops empathy and allows children to respond to their friend’s feelings and manage their own feelings

Play is a great way for children to learn to take turns and to share

During play children experiment with roles of the people in their home, school and community.

Play allows children learn how to deal with conflict situations

Children who indulge in play have better problem-solving abilities

Research has proven that children who indulge in play have reduced aggression

Play allows children to become more innovative

Play promotes the art of conversation

Because children are immersed in the enjoyment of play, they are enhancing their attention span.

Play is a wonderful way to indulge in meaningful and happy learning.

Early Years Foundation Stage

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A unique curriculum which focuses on development from birth to the end of their time at Junior Colleges

An integrated approach to care and education

A principled play-based approach (playing and exploring)

Incorporates elements of CAPS and some of the Reggio Emilia principles.

Assessment and observation play an important part in understanding the children’s needs to plan for future activities and support.

Ensures a consistent approach to care, learning and development from birth to the end of the Foundation Stage

Dependent on a rich learning environment

Focuses on the ‘unique child’

Based upon the seven areas of learning

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

A continuous EYFS profile is developed for each individual child throughout the time he/she is at Junior Colleges

Creative Activities

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Creative Activities stimulates both sides of the brain and assists with the development of whole brain learning.

Children learn using their senses and creative activities is a wonderful platform whereby children engage in fun activities which involve the use of all their senses.

Through participating in creative activities, children develop hand-eye co-ordination e.g. holding a paintbrush, manipulating a pair of scissors, modelling with clay etc.

Creative activities allow a child to develop lateral thinking and problem solving

Because children enjoy creative activities, they spend longer on their “creations” which assist in improving their concentration skills

Studies have revealed that children who participate in creative activities read better and perform well in science and maths than those that are not given the opportunity to participate in these activities.

Creative activities provide a great social activity which encourages friendships and group work.

Creative activities promote self-expression and self-esteem. There is no right or wrong in this activity and a child gets a feeling of pride in his/her end-product.

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