Barkly House Kenilworth

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16 Salisbury Road Kenilworth, Southern Suburbs 7708

Barkly House Kenilworth is one of the oldest pre-primary schools.Situated in Kenilworth/Claremont area, we are an open-plan school catering for children 3 to 6 years old.


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We believe in the holistic development of all skills through play. All children and their parents are valued.

Barkly House Kenilworthl offers a 3 year programme for children from the year that they turn 4 until the year they turn 6.

Our mission statement is:

"Every child is developed holistically through play to the best of their ability in a structured environment."

This mission statement informs all our interactions, preparations and planning for each individual child everyday.

Our philosophy of education is an eclectic approach based on cognitive theorists-Piaget and Montessori, Discovery theorist and the importance of the environment-Bruner and the importance of a teacher and interaction for learning and - Language development - Vygotsky.

The school uses the integrated open plan method. This is based on systems used in England, America and Wales.

The general characteristics of this method are:

1. Structuring of the learning environment through the optimal use of physical space and the objects in it.
2. Structured varied activities in each room - a resource room and an art room.
3. A variety of materials are used - shop bought, teacher made and child made.
4. These are all in active use and are all placed in rational order.
5. The whole environment is non-threatening.
6. There are plenty of role models for each child to copy. It provided a family type social setting, which is reflective of society.
7. Teacher can use optimal learning situations - incidental teaching rather than formal lessons. Learning through play is natural and promotes a desire to learn and it encourages discovery and life long learning.Teachers "teach" and facilitate learning in small groups or with individuals. Children are taught when they are motivated and ready to learn.
8. Individuals are encouraged to learn at their own pace.
9. It is cost effective as resources are used optimally.
10.Ongoing evaluation is used extensively.


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