Information

Our Philosophy

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

Our Staff

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.

School Times

07h50-12h15    Younger Groups 

07h50-12h30    Older Groups

School Programme

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)

12h00      Story

12h15      Younger group home

12h30      Older group home

Our Classes

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

Facilities

What we have to offer: 

-Nature/River reserve

-Extensive garden

-Sensopathic play area

-Light and exploration table

-Excellent, well maintained climbing equipment

-Our Kildare animals – tortoises, ducks, chickens and rabbits

-Fairy Garden

-Fantasy area

School Animals

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.

Kildare Nature Reserve

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.

Aftercare

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.