How we started
In 1994 we moved to Cape Town and identified a need for a professional day care centre in the Goodwood area. We found the perfect spot and made the necessary approvals with the council in order to start our school.
Back in 1994, our first enrolment was small, only 3 children (2 of from one family and the 3rd child was actually a family member!)
Lots of blood, sweat and tears were shed as we strived on. Today we are proud that we have grown from 3 children to 60 students!
What We Teach
At Bambi Day Care we follow the CAPS (Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement). This special curriculum concentrates on Language, Life skills and Math. All Students (from age 2 to grade R) are taught this method.
Our class age groups in the curriculum phase are
- 2-3 years
- 3-4 years
- 4-5 years
- Grade R (5-6 years)
CAPS is a 4 year programme which enables our students to grow physically and emoptionally yearly. It also prepares them for grade R and Grade 1.CAPS endeavours to ensure that all learning reflect the principals and practices of social justice, respect for the environment and human rights.
CAPS Consists of the following programs:
Hand-eye Co-ordination enables children to perform movements with their hands as directed by the eyes. Hands and eyes have to work together to perform menial tasks such as getting dressed, doing household chores and taking part in sport, writing and crafts. If hand eye coordination is not developed he or she will find it difficult to throw or catching a ball, copy from the writing board or use scissors.
Gross Motor Movements
This focuses on the movements of the larger muscles within the body. A child with poor muscle tone often bumps into things, is clumsy, and generally unwilling to take part in sport because he or she lacks the ability to catch things, throw or kick a ball.
Fine Motor Movements
These encompass the smaller muscle movements of the body. A child’s everyday activities, particularly those in the classroom make tremendous demands on his or her fine motor co-ordination. A child has to perform a large number of movements with their fingers and hands when he/she draws, colours pictures, or writes. If fine moto movements are not developed he or she will find it frustrating and difficult to fasten buttons, draw, colour in, write or perform other tasks which require complicated use of their fingers.
Physical Child Health
It is imperative that children be physically strong enough to learn and develop. A healthy, nourished child finds it easier to learn than a sick or hungry child. A child should also be able to dress himself and be comfortable to discuss his or her physical needs with their teacher.
Children need to learn how to adjust to different situations, classes, teachers, pupils and other. Children feel comfortable to play in a group as well as on their own. He or she must be able to compete and at times accept failure if they don’t win at something. It is also important that children be able to control their social behaviour and accept authority and discipline.
Children’s Emotional Preparedness
The child should be emotionally prepared to enter the world. Children sometimes find it hard to be separated from their parents and from home, and it’s imperative that this challenge be overcome. We teach children to control their emotions as well as impulses such as not listening, wanting to walk around or constantly talk. At Bambi Day Care we teach to consider the feelings of others and respect themselves and their surroundings.