A preschool, also known as nursery school, pre-primary school, playschool or kindergarten, is an educational establishment or learning space offering early childhood education to children before they begin compulsory education at primary school. It may be publicly or privately operated, and may be subsidized from public funds.
In an age when school was restricted to children who had already learned to read and write at home, there were many attempts to make school accessible to orphans or to the children of women who worked in factories.
The most important years of learning begin at birth. During these early years, humans are capable of absorbing more information than later on. The brain grows most rapidly in the early years. High quality teachers and preschools can have a long-term effect on improving outcomes for disadvantaged students.
The areas of development that preschool education covers varies. However, the following main themes are typically offered:
Personal, social, economic and emotional development, Communication (including sign language), talking and listening, World knowledge and World Understanding, Creative and aesthetic development, Mathematical awareness, Physical development, Physical health, Play, Teamwork, Self-help skills, Social skills, Scientific thinking, Literacy
Coming soon – a directory of Pre-Primary Schools in South Africa