Early Learning Centre

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 programme 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


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.





Head Teacher Ilse Du Preez is responsible for the implementation of the curriculum and teaches grade R. Sarah Didebe assists Ilse in this section.





Heather Burckard, with assistant Emely Ncokoane, is responsible for Grade RR.





Elise Jarm, with assistant Selena Mokoena teach grade RRR.





Henriette Moolman, Annah Selepe and Francina Khalipi are responsible for the Grade RRRR class, assisted by Carika Boshoff in admin.

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