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Little Beacons Pre School: 50 years of nurturing your kids

“At Little Beacons we prepare children not just for Grade R, but also for life.”

By Albie Reynolds, Principal of Little Beacons

I started my teaching career in 1999, and joined Little Beacons 13 years ago. Nine years ago I was appointed Principal and together with the support from our Governing Body, we have achieved so much. A solid foundation is the basis for a sound education, and the best place to start is with our pre-schoolers. Their minds are like flower beds - fertile, and perfect for planting good values. I am a proud mother of a 26 year old daughter who follows in my footsteps as a foundation phase teacher. I encourage first time parents to visit our school - come and see what we have to offer at Little Beacons.

A child's first day at school can be a daunting experience for both parents and children alike, but we try to make the transition between home and school as easy as possible in a fun, loving and stimulating way. I believe at Little Beacons we prepare children not just for Grade R but also for life. We give our children the best possible learning experience by improving their gross and fine motor skills while nurturing their personal and social development.

“Teaching is in my blood and an absolute calling.”

By Anika van Heerden (Green Group Teacher)

I have been teaching for 6 years of which one year and 8 months is with Little Beacons Pre School.

It has always been my dream to work with people, especially young children. My grandfather was a primary school principal and my mother is also in the teaching profession. Thus, it is in my blood and an absolute calling.

Growing up, I experienced the direct influence a teacher can have on young lives, positive and negative. I wanted to become the positive influence that believes in every child placed in my care, making them feel accomplished and valued.

An important part of being a Foundation Phase Teacher includes promoting the child’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. To prepare them for Grade R, it is my goal to provide structure and help children grow in their skills through play-based learning. Children learn through their senses, so they need to spend time touching, seeing, hearing, tasting and smelling. They also learn through doing, so they need many opportunities to experience things for themselves.

With that said... One of my lecturers taught me that at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you teach your class. When they feel accepted, accomplished and loved, the day was a success.

“Pave the foundation of learning in their little hearts and minds.”

By Kristin Kirtley (Yellow Group Teacher)

I have been a teacher of my own class for 18 months as of July 2019 at Little Beacons. Before teaching my own class I was an assistant teacher for 2 years. Teaching children has always been a dream of mine because it is an amazing opportunity to pave the foundation of learning in their little hearts and minds. Watching the children grow, both physically, mentally and emotionally is so rewarding.

In my classroom, my goal is to develop the children’s gross motor skills, fine motor skills as well as their personality development. Most importantly I make sure that every child goes home with a very happy heart and something new to tell “mommy” and “daddy” when they get home.

“Giving children a positive start to their schooling career.”

By Caryn Sorensen (Orange Group Teacher – currently on maternity leave)

I have been teaching for 15 years. As a foundation phase teacher I provide the necessary groundwork for further learning. It makes me feel good to give children a positive start to their schooling career. Young children learn through play-based activities and it is rewarding to see how they learn while having fun and experimenting.

I would like to remind parents about the importance of a positive relationship between the home and school.

A child’s well-being is my number one priority. Teaching children independence and listening skills are two of my primary focus points to prepare children for Grade R.

“My main aim as a teacher is to help one develop a sense of self-worth and achievement.”

Lindsey Lottering (Relief Teacher of Orange Group)

After doing part time relief teaching in Grades l, 2 and 3 at various schools for 6 months I was appointed as a relief teacher at Little Beacons. I am based in the Orange class which is the 2 to 3 year old age group. I feel very blessed and excited to be a part of this loving and supportive pre-school.

I find the early years in education both challenging and rewarding. I am by nature energetic, nurturing and patient, hands on, practical, arty, creative, open-minded, hard working and innovative which goes a long way when teaching the toddlers!

My main aim as a teacher is to help one develop a sense of self-worth and achievement. I give my utmost best to ensure one’s best schooling experience and what better way to do it than to do it here at Little Beacons!

“My four children attended Little Beacons, starting from 1972.”

By Karen Breetzke (Secretary / Trustee)

Little Beacons is unique in that it is a non-profit community based school. Several such schools were founded in the 1960’s by the nursery school association under the Chairmanship of Mrs Hookins.

Little Beacons is the only one still in operation as the others have either closed, are now attached to primary schools or run privately. School fees fund all the running expenses and have provided all our facilities of which we are very proud.

Over the years Little Beacons has received tremendous support from our Governing Body and parents - we owe them a huge vote of thanks.

My four children attended Little Beacons, starting from 1972. I joined the staff in 1976 and have seen the school grow from strength to strength, and can confidently say it has always provided children with an excellent, well-rounded platform for the next step in their education.

During my long association with Little Beacons, I have seen generations of children pass through this way; some have come back as teachers, parents and even grandparents! It has been a wonderful journey and I’ve loved being part of the growth of this well-respected institution.

“I had an exceptional teacher that made me feel loved.”

By Kirsten Parish (Red Group Teacher)

I have been a teacher in the Red Group at Little Beacons Preschool for four years.

I have worked with young children for the past eleven years. I started with private Au pair work while I studied. I then worked as a teacher’s aide at Beaconburst Primary. Once I completed my qualification I happily accepted a teaching post at Little Beacons, where I have been teaching since.

I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a teacher. When I was seven years old I had an exceptional teacher that made me feel loved and valued. After being in her class, I knew that when I grew up I wanted to share that same love with others. I love working with young children as they are so open and honest and real. Working with small children has its challenges, but it is so rewarding to see how your guidance and support can make a difference in a child’s life.

My four year old daughter has been at Little Beacons since two and loves school just as much as I do! I am privileged to have a wonderful supportive husband that helps me. The best advice I can give is for parents to encourage their child to be independent. Children are capable of so much if we just allow them to try.

Give children chores and let them feel like a valuable member of the family. This will help them both at school and in life to grow up to be a successful adult.






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