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Early Learning Centre

The Harriston Early Learning Centre is committed to providing a high-quality education to children in order fully to prepare them for Grade 1 and “Big School”. It provides a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children.

Harriston is a member of the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) and the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA). This means that the school, and the programme it follows, is quality assured to be of the highest standards.

Our program includes:

  • Qualified teachers and low teacher to child ratios
  • Preparation for literacy and numeracy using Ten Town and Letterland
  • Planned learning activities appropriate to children’s age and development, such as block building, painting, story time, dress-up, and active outdoor play
  • Occupational therapy
  • Music and dance
  • Ongoing, systematic evaluation

Learning at Home

Until school opens teacher’s will post school based activities on their class WhatsApp groups.
The focus will be on learning through play. It is important for your little one to not fall behind in school based learning activities.
The focus of these activities will be on doing revision on school readiness skills as well as fine-motor and gross-motor skills.
It is normal for your child to sometimes struggle with the given tasks. Keep at it!!! Don’t give up. Try to motivate them to complete the task to teach them perseverance . Praise them for a job well done, this will motivate them for the next task.

The Early Learning Centre Philosophy

The Harriston Early Learning Centre is founded on the philosophy that children, their families and society benefit from high quality early childhood programmes. We believe that there is a critical link between a child’s early experience and later success in life.

We believe that children need time to be children and time to experience their environment through play. Teaching is the art of providing young children with an environment which encourages active exploration and discovery. Projects are planned, yet responsive to individual needs and environmental changes. Opportunities are provided for children to take responsibility, make decisions and learn through play.

A child’s positive self-image must be the foundation of all curriculum development in early childhood. A unique world view filtered by individual experience is brought to school each day by each child. The teaching staff is sensitive to this and how it determines the learning of the individual.

Children experience the world with all their senses, so activities are selected to be creative, to pique curiosity and challenge each child.

Meet the Early Learning Centre Teachers and Assistants

Elsabe Kruger

Head of ELC

Elna Human

Grade R teacher

Elna Human and assistant Sarah Didebe are responsible for the Owl Class.

Carika Boshoff

Grade R teacher

Carika Boshoff and assistant Annah Selepe are responsible for the Happy Hippo class.

Heather Burchard

Grade RR teacher

Heather Burckard and Emely Ncokoane are responsible for the Froggy class.


Elise Jarm

Grade RRR teacher

Elise Jarm and assistant Selena Mokoena are responsible for the Elephant class.

Cariena Bekker

Grade RRRR teacher

Cariena Bekker and Puleng Moloi are responsible for the Bouncy Bears class.

Henriette Moolman

Busy Bee Baby class

Henriette Moolman and Thokozile Gamede are responsible for the Busy Bee class.

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What amazing team-work from the Harriston family!!! Without the hard work and co-operation from everyone, this huge success would not have been possible. Congratulations to every pupil, parent, staff member and friend of Harriston. Thank you all for your hard work.