Secret Garden Nursery School was opened when childcare was needed for four toddlers in the family. We wanted care for the children that catered for them as individuals, in a family situation.
When friends heard about us, they wanted their children to join. “It’s the sort of place you’d want your children to go to.”
The aim of our school is: to provide the type of care children would have from a family member who loves children and at the same time has knowledge and experience in child care and child development.
Since March 2009 Secret Garden has grown into the happy fun filled preschool that it is today. We have a baby centre for children aged 3 months to 2½ years. Emphasis is placed on kindness towards children. Their individual development is nurtured through play and age appropriate structured activities. Groups are small and well supervised by carefully selected staff.
Christianity is our cornerstone. Bible stories are read daily and prayers are said. Christian values are presented in an age appropriate way. Our school is set in a lovely garden on a large double plot property in Vorna Valley. The atmosphere is happy and peaceful as well as lots of fun.
Secret Garden Nursery school has the aim of providing a happy, safe and loving environment for pre school children. Groups are small, thus providing individual attention for each child. A structured curriculum is followed appropriate to age. Grade R (previously grade 0) is taught.
Liz Crewe is principal and owner of the school. With many years teaching experience and a natural passion for children, the school is something she wishes she had started years ago!
Lynne joined us after teaching at an international pre-school in the far East for several years. She has experience at all levels and various age groups throughout the pre-school. She is currently studying for an associate degree in Early Childhood Development. Lynne has drama experience and is very popular with the children.
Aimee teaches in the older group. She has a degree in early childhood development. Aimee is a swimming coach with Swim S.A. and is very experienced. She is lots of fun and has a natural love for children.
Adriana is head of our baby section and previously has been head of several pre-schools. Prior to that Adri was an education lecturer at Technisa and a child health examiner and examination moderator. We count ourselves very lucky to have a teacher of such experience heading up our baby centre.
Karen has completed her BSc Sci Psychology and is currently busy studying for her honours. Karen is a caring, loving, patient and sympathetic person and loves to teach. She loves teaching small children because of their fun loving and unpredictable nature.
Courtenay is our teacher in the baby class. Courtenay has experience in working with various age groups and enjoys the fun of caring for our tiny ones. Courtenay is currently studying towards a degree in Early Childhood Development.
Paulina is head of housekeeping. She is also at hand to help with the children. She has a passion for the school and sees it very much as her "baby". Paulina is excellent at her job. She cooks the most delicious meals and is proud of the high standard of cleanliness and hygiene at the school.
Jill has joined us from KZN. Jill has been teaching for a number of years. She is a happy caring person and teaches our "hibiscus"class, 3 to 4 year olds. Jill is currently studying toward her degree in teaching through UNISA.
Our staff is supported by several experienced caregivers. We are very particular in selecting the right people for the job. Our policy is to keep the staff/children ratio as beneficial as possible to the children.