Our philosophy of education

Our philsophy of education is inspired by the educational philosophy of pioneering British educator Charlotte Mason. As you browse our website, much of what you will read about our approach to education is rooted in her writings, and reflect our attempt to apply them in a way that makes sense for young children in Cape Town today.

As such, we embrace the following values as the basis of our teaching philosophy:

1. The child is a person

We believe that children are made in the image of God and, as such, are worthy of love and respect. They are created desiring to learn. They are not passive, merely waiting to be filled with information, but are active seekers, eager for knowledge, ideas and experience.

2. Relationships are at the heart of learning

True education is the growing experience and understanding of the interwoven relationships of life. As children are encouraged to see, hear, touch, smell and taste, they discover the world around them. They begin to understand themselves in relation to the present, the past, nature, literature, music, art, and human needs and aspirations.

3. Children deserve a rich curriculum.

The intelligence of a child should not be underestimated. We believe in giving children opportunities to discover knowledge from rich sources of literature, music and art; and the importance of first-hand interactions with the actual materials of nature and science.

4. Atmosphere nurtures education and character

At Gardens Nook Pre-School, we intentionally create an atmosphere of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control and grace. Ideas germinate and grow when children feel secure and worthy. Character and the development of good habits are nurtured when they see authentic role models of the values they are being taught.