In an educational environment nothing is ever static and as we grow with our children we aim to add value.
Value to the children’s education through outings and workshops and value to their emotional selves through nurturing and intervention where and when necessary.
To this end we make space available for:
Audiologist: Liza Stephen.
Good hearing is a pre-requisite for children to perform at their best when they enter ‘big school’. Even the smallest loss might affect their perception of certain sounds, which hinder speech and later on – spelling.
Language proficiency is the basis of effective communication, which plays a major role in a child’s intellectual and social development. A language disorder or – delay can have a detrimental affect on the child’s ability to progress in school. Receptive, expressive and articulation language disorders should be addressed before children enter ‘big school’. Liza does hearing tests and language screening and therapy sessions at Footsteps – not included in the school fees, but offered at a discounted rate.
As children’s experiences and knowledge are often communicated through play, it becomes an important vehicle for them to know and accept themselves and others. – Wikipedia.
Play Therapy is a specific counseling approach in which games, toys and mediums such as clay, drawings and paint are used to help a child or adolescent to express their emotions, thoughts, wishes and needs. It helps them to understand muddled feelings and upsetting events that they have not had the chance or the skills to sort out properly. Rather than having to explain what is troubling them, as adult therapy usually expects, children use play to communicate at their own level and at their own pace, without feeling interrogated or threatened. – Play Therapy South Africa.
We also aim to add value to our community – local and global! In recent years we have assisted students with their studies by allowing them to volunteer at our school. Students come from all over – from Germany, the UK, UNISA and the South Cape College in Plett. These students are pulled into the day to day activities of the different age group classes and this allows them to get a feel of ‘real teaching’ from reading a story to cleaning up after painting!