Enriching, young minds through exploration, play and creativity. We aim to develop new skills in a natural and nurturing environment. We follow Christian values that honour kindness and respect within a diverse school and community
We have 13 staff members – a Teaching Principal, 3 qualified teachers, 4 trained teacher assistants, a bursar, an admissions secretary, caretaker and a kitchen supervisor.
07h50-12h15 Younger Groups
07h50-12h30 Older Groups
Our daily programme is rich in variety and carefully structured to nurture intellectual, physical, social and creative growth through exploration, activity and play.
07h50 Greeting, free play
08h30 Morning ring – news, theme discussions, perceptual development, school readiness programme, etc
09h00 Creative activity time indoors, then free play indoors or outdoors
10h00 Tidy up, wash routine, music/movement rings, snack time
11h00 Free play indoor/outdoor, river and nature activities
11h45 Tidy up, indoor play (educational games)
12h15 Younger group home
12h30 Older group home
There are four classes with approximately 25 children in each class.
Two younger groups (Teddies and Bunnies):
Teddy Class – Mrs Heather Porter (Principal)
Bunny Class – Ms Olwen Howard-Browne
Two older groups (Rhinos and Giraffes)
Giraffe Class – Mrs Jean Tobin
Rhino Class – Miss Laura Son
What we have to offer:
-Sensopathic play area
-Light and exploration table
-Excellent, well maintained climbing equipment
-Our Kildare animals – tortoises, ducks, chickens and rabbits
We keep a variety of animals at Kildare for the children to enjoy. The animals roam freely and the children can interact with them. Mr Chips and Mrs Vinegar are our 80 year old- plus resident tortoises and there are siblings, namely Popcorn, Niknaks and Ruby. We also have chickens, ducks and rabbits.
We believe the presence of the animals helps teach children how to treat and respect animals.
We all take responsibility for caring for and feeding the animals, with a roster drawn up so that parents and pupils help with feeding over weekends and school holidays.
This is a VERY special feature of our school, for which we have been awarded a Mayoral Greening Award and an M-Net Environment Award. It is situated on the banks of the Newlands stream which runs past the school. It has been named after Ann MacRobert, who died in the Helderberg Air Disaster. Her niece and nephew came to Kildare. Parents have played an enormous role in the development of this area (since 1986), removing alien vegetation, planting indigenous plants, building bridges, a pathway system, bird feeding areas, a story nook, an indigenous forest, a fragrance walk, a texture walk, amongst others. Children are taken down in small groups to do environmental activities have picnics and stories.
Each new child is given a certificate during the First Term proclaiming him a custodian of our Nature Reserve. We need constant parent support to help maintain this unique facet of our School.
If you feel you can contribute, please contact the school Secretary for more information.
An excellent Aftercare facility is available after school and begins in the playground where the children have an opportunity to meet their friends and play. They then eat lunch, as provided by parents, and that may be kept in our fridge.
Please refer to the D6 communicator for application forms for aftercare. Please note: Aftercare starts immediately after school (for permanent applicants) and ends promptly at 14h30.