Thuthukani Preschool is an Early Intervention Centre, Grade R and Grade 1, that accepts learners with special educational needs. Children with Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy or any other significant developmental delays or disorders are catered for. Unfortunately there is no other affordable school in our area that caters for the needs of these learners, and therefore Thuthukani Preschool was ‘born’ as a Mission project of the Mission of Lutheran Churches and the St. John’s Lutheran Parish in Shelly Beach.
Lene Schnackenberg opened the doors of Thuthukani Preschool in her home on the 1st of September 2014.
Thuthukani Preschool provides a structured, well planned, Christian environment, on the premises of the St. John’s Lutheran Church, in the Manse, where learners are given optimal opportunities to develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually to their full potential. Due to the high educator to learner ratio both the learners and educators are fully involved with the educational activities. Within limits, the children are free to select and explore learning activities at their own pace and according to their own interests and abilities.
The CAPS curriculum, introduced by the Department of Basic Education, is adapted to meet the needs of learners in the Foundation Phase. The Early Childhood Development Phase curriculum is based on themes selected by the educators. A trans-disciplinary team, including the educators, speech and occupational therapists and a counselling psychologist work closely together developing Individual Education Development Plans (IEDP’s) for each learner. These are reviewed frequently.
Learners are assessed on a continual basis according to observations, parent-interviews, assessments, portfolios, learners’ behaviour and development. Detailed written reports are distributed in June and December.
Thuthukani Preschool accepts learners from 3 years old to Grade 1. A maximum of 8 learners are accommodated per group with a teacher and an assistant in the preschool and a maximum of 5 learners with a teacher in the Foundation Phase.