Super Schools: Kyalami Kids Preschool forges ahead in lockdown

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Children have a lesson outside at the Kyalami Preschool before the Covid-19 lockdown.
Children have a lesson outside at the Kyalami Preschool before the Covid-19 lockdown.

The national lockdown was a particular challenge for preschools across the country. Even after schools were allowed to reopen, many parents opted to keep their children at home to avoid contracting Covid-19. This meant preschools weren't receiving the school fees they needed to keep their teachers employed.

But this didn't stop the Kyalami Kids (Choo Choo) Preschool from forging ahead. While classes dwindled from 11 to four, the school kept sending weekly school packs with all the materials preschoolers needed to keep learning: crayons, chalk, paint and beads according to the theme of the day.

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Teachers gave lessons online via an online platform called Class Dojo instructing preschoolers to use the materials sent in the packs.

"It was interactive, well planned and very interesting for the kids. I have a set of triplets who really enjoyed the activities and the songs and dance activities. Learning was so much of fun and the kids were never bored," says Paramas Govender.

For Kyalami Kids Preschool getting through lockdown was about helping the parents that were dedicated to their school, a family-run business, and keep their children on their learning track.

"We provided two online sessions a day which we loaded first thing in the morning, so that no matter what parents were doing during the day, they could do the lessons when they had a moment," says the school's Bronwyn Mayhew. "We knew it was hard for parents to home school while working and this meant that they didn't have to schedule their days around their children's lessons."

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