This is, after all, where the foundations of future learning are laid; where children gain the input and validation they require to build self-esteem, and where they acquire their first social skills.
Most importantly, they also begin to develop their first taste of basic maths and reading skills - not just through exposure to words, letters, pictures and numbers (as you might expect), but predominantly through play. In fact, the more a preschool has to offer in terms of play equipment - whether in the form of climbing frames, dress-up corners for fantasy play, sensory trays or arts and crafts materials - the more your child's learning and imagination will be stimulated.
Our Early Years Centre has been constructed according to this principle. The centre features six classrooms overlooking the school's sports fields, a purpose-built hall and an undercover outdoor play area, providing protection from both inclement weather and strong sunshine. We have appointed a teaching assistant in each classroom, so that our educators are able to give every learner the intense attention they require at this stage, and provide physical assistance as they get to grips with tasks like cutting and drawing. Tots are accommodated in our state-of-the-art aquatic centre with a learn-to-swim pool.
Security is a priority, and to this end, parents are required to accompany their children through a turnstile before reaching the classrooms. As with all schools within the Steyn City complex, children are taught in an environment that encourages tolerance and acceptance (of self as well as others), which cultivates curiosity, and which aims to develop a sense of wonder that will translate into a love of learning in later years.
EYC crest - Symbolic meaning
The sun, moon and stars are the scientific fundamentals that enable life on earth. They represent the universe in totality - limitless in scale and potential.
They form the subject matter of many children's books and stories, in all cultures. And, they're a source of dreaming and fascination for any young mind: what are the sun and stars made of? How did astronauts get to the moon, and what did they find there? This sense of 'limitlessness' forms the foundation for any young mind to explore with a sense of confidence and creativity.
Your child's early development lays the foundation for future learning.
This is it - the years when your child gets their first taste of 'the world out there'. The thrill of reading their first book by themselves, the sense of accomplishment that comes from completing problems of increasing complexity; the awareness of a standout talent on the sports field - it all starts now.
We've taken special care to create the space for your children to explore their strengths in all areas, so that they may develop to their full potential and become rounded individuals.
Our classrooms and facilities have been designed with this in mind - a comfortable learning space for approximately 25 children is provided for in each class. Classrooms are fitted with energy efficient LED lighting and acoustic ceilings to screen external sounds. With these potential distractions removed, children are able to focus on their lessons.
Also key are the verandas leading off each classroom with magnificent views looking north over Steyn City Parkland Residence. These have been designed to create a flexible learning environment, which facilitates a variety of learning activities and teaching styles. For example, it is simply a matter of opening the sliding doors if the teacher wishes the class to complete a nature-related activity outside.
A host of facilities ensures that children have access to everything they need for a happy, productive school day, from a canteen providing nutritious food to a superb Media Centre where exploration and discovery will be at the heart of all that the students do.
Preparatory crest - Symbolic meaning
Water is a symbol of nurture and care, both of which are crucial for development. It also represents that spine of life that runs through Steyn City - the Jukskei River.
Partnership stands for guidance, discipline and care between parent and educator. Each has their own specific role to play in the child's life, and it is through this close and respectful partnership that the child will develop optimally.
The result of partnership and nurturing is healthy and sustainable growth for the learner; a foundation which will allow the learner to bloom in the next phase of education.
The essential steps to great discovery
Creating an environment that is stimulating and condusive to becoming a 'free-thinker'.
As with the other schools within our campus, Steyn City College has been carefully designed to make sure that your children has access to facilities that bring out their best. Classrooms are larger than average, featuring technologies (like acoustic ceilings) to keep distractions to a minimum. A larger area for learning has been created through the addition of sizeable verandas, which may be accessed through sliding doors.
In spite of the available teaching space, classes are kept small, with up to 25 or, very occasionally, 27 students in each class. This ensures greater personal attention; moreover, research shows that children in smaller classes enjoy better proficiency at mathematics, writing, and reading.
What truly sets Steyn City College apart, however, is the school's emphasis on creating a joy of learning. This is nurtured not only through a teaching philosophy that inspires students, but through a magnificent environment that makes the entire school experience a pleasant one that children look forward to each morning.
College crest - Symbolic meaning
Scales: Fairness, equality and balance
Social justice and equality are values which are entrenched in the South African culture. These are the principles which knit all people and cultures together on an equal, fair and balanced platform.
Sun: Enlightenment and creativity
Creative problem solving is the dominant skill that enables any student to confidently take on challenges and find practical solutions.
Cluster: Unity and collaboration
In the addition to experience, we recognise that collective thinking will always provide a crucial perspective that grows and strengthens our opinions, values and respect for one another.
Globe: Global thinking
We are about to take our place in a country that needs us to make an active contribution to its future. This country is also part of a global society; a world that is exploding with potential, driven by development and characterised by rapid change. We are proudly local in our culture, but we are also mindful of our responsibilities as global citizens.
Preparation for a world
beyond the classroom
Syllabus: Steyn City Preparatory and College follows the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) assessment standards, with the education programme including a combination of international teaching materials and South African CAPS curriculum. We plan in the years to come to introduce a Cambridge International Examination track for learners wishing to complete A-levels.
Our school day starts at 7.30am. Closing times are as follows:
Early Years Centre: 12.30pm
Aftercare operates until 6pm.
Steyn City Preparatory and College has three school terms.
Access control systems have been implemented and all perimeter entries and exits at the school are logged. Discounts are offered to siblings of existing students.
A shuttle service is available for children of residents living in Steyn City.