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ABOUT US

At Train Kids Preschool Academy each child is valued as an individual with unlimited potential.

With the Learn through play methodology children are encouraged to explore and learn through play.

They get to simply be children while developing holistically.

This means that they develop physically, emotionally, socially, cognitively, and linguistically.

All through the Train Kids’ guided play method.

Train Kids is a school grounded on Christian beliefs and values with the love of God at the core of everything we do.

A preschool of distinction!

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OUR HISTORY & ABOUT OUR FOUNDER

The school is the brain child of one woman, Christali Botha, who is at present in Education for 42 years and counting.

 

She studied preschool and Foundation Phase Education in the seventies for four years, a Higher Diploma in Education. She then started teaching at various preschools for 7 years and was promoted to lecture Preschool Education at tertiary education institutions.

 

Due to the many changes in Education in the nineties, preschool Education as a Course of Study was terminated. She then studied in another direction and lectured Technology as a school subject for a further 6 years.

 

All Colleges of Education were closed down in the late nineties and she was promoted as a First Education Specialist at the Education District Office in Alberton for 7 years.

 

From there she explored different teaching possibilities and positions at Private Education Institutions. She then obtained an assessor`s and moderator`s qualification in ECD Education.

 

In 2013 she returned to Preschool Education and as a Facilitator and Assessor for ECD NQF Level 4 in Gauteng. She also lectured in the Birth to Four years Curriculum of the Gauteng Province and the Learn not to Burn Programme of Gauteng. She was also involved in training members of the Social Development Team in the Eastern Cape in the Learn not to Burn Programme.

 

While facilitating the numerous training sessions and supporting and assisting a huge number of students at a variety of preschools, a desire and an idea were born to establish a preschool of distinction, one that will adhere to all the by-laws, children-acts, constitutions, curricula, policies, and one that will stand out from the rest.

 

TRAIN KIDS Preschool Academy was born!

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Our History & Founder

Christali Botha 

Founder

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Our Principal

Leoni Boucher 
Principal

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OUR PRINCIPAL

My name is Leoni Boucher. I completed my BA degree in Human Science (Education & Psychology) at the old Rand Afrikaans University.

After being a housewife for 16 years, I joined Christali Botha when she opened the school 1 April 2017 and it has become my second home. The school’s logo - TRAIN UP YOUR CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO – is something I strongly believe in.

At Train Kids we create a loving atmosphere where children feel safe and are taught through play. The best part about this is that I get to play with!

Every child at the school is treated as if they are my own.

I just have the best job and I get to laugh every day!

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Meet our Teachers
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Shandré Enslin,
Marisca Beirowski &
Bernadette Williams

Sweetie Pie class

Babies 3 – 18 months

My name is Shandré Enslin and I will be your child’s teacher in 2024.

I completed by NQF Level 4 qualification in Early Childhood Development early in 2024.

I am engaged to my high school sweetheart; Dylan and we have a son name Connor who is turning 5 years old. Teaching is a true passion of mine and I look forward to getting to know your child and watch them develop and grow!

 

I have two hardworking and loving assistants in Marisca Beirowski & Bernadette Williams. Marisca is currently studying at AROS University. She enjoys horse riding and spending time with her family. Her passion for teaching shows through her hard work and determination.

Bernadette recently joined us and the kids absolutely adore her. She is kind and hardworking.

 

We make a good team and cannot wait the spend the year teaching these small minds.

 

It will be a year filled with wonder, fun, learning and lots of adventures!

We are looking forward to getting to know you and your family in 2024.

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Tascha Duijestijn &
Caitlyn van der Walt

Jelly Tots

3.5 – 4.5 years

Dear Parents

 

Welcome to the Jelly Tots class! We are two teachers in the Jelly Tots class:

 

My name is Tascha Duijvestijn.

I am a qualified preschool teacher and have been at Train Kids since the start of 2019. I am enthusiastic about child development.

 

I am engaged to Kyle and our daughter Rosey is 6 months old. She is also enrolled at Train Kids.

 

I will be assisted by Caitlyn van der Merwe that joined Train Kids recently.
Caitlyn has previous experience as a class assistant and will start her studies soon.

2024 will be a year filled with fun and laughter and we look forward to getting to know your family.

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Kwamé Davis & 
Chanel Fourie

Lollipop class

18 months - 2.5 years

Dear Parents

 

Welcome to the Lollipops class!

 

My name is Kwamé Davis.

I will be your child's teacher in 2024.

 

I am excited about learning and playing in the Lollipops class.

I completed my NQF Level 4 qualification in Early Childhood Development in 2022.

I am in a relationship with Mpumi.

I like singing and spending time with my family and friends.

 

I have kind and caring assistant in Chanel Fourie, who will start studying soon.

 

2024 will be a year filled with fun and laughter and we look forward to getting to know your family.

We are excited to get to know your child and have fun with them in 2024.

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Leoni Boucher &
Bernice Schrader

Smartie class

4.5 – 6 years

I have already introduced myself as the principal of Train Kids.

 

I am fortunate to have an very capable assistant in Bernice and together we will make the Grade R year very special!

Bernice Schrader is passionate about Christian education. She enjoys writing poetry, reading and photography.

She plans to study towards her B.Ed degree and aims to become a Grade R teacher.

We will fill everyday with learning through play and having a lot of fun while doing it.

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Dedré Stephens &
Jolene Rossouw

Marshmallow class

2.5 - 3.5 years

Good day Parents

 

My name is Dedré or Didi for short.  Teaching is an absolute passion of mine and I am so excited to be working with you and your child.

 

I am married to my best friend Keven and a proud mom of Ivanka and Ruvern.

I grew up in Alberton. I attended Hoërskool Dinamika and completed Matric in 2012.

 

I completed my ECD NQF Level 4 qualification.

I believe that a child deserves nothing but unconditional love.

This will be given to your child by me and my assistant Jolene Rossouw on a daily basis. Jolene will start her studies in 2024.

Let’s make this a great year!

STAFF MOTIVATION FOR 2024

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OTHER STAFF

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André Botha

Faktotum & Security

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Dieter Botha 

Finance

Curriculum

CURRICULUM

Train Kids Preschool Academy uses the BIRTH TO FOUR CURRICULUM OF GAUTENG DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION and CAPS for Grade R.

Lesson planning for all age groups are done by the teachers in conjunction with the director and principal.

A daily routine is followed that is age appropriate.

 

Lessons are presented in both Afrikaans and English but the child is addressed in the language the parents prefer.

The REGGIO EMILIA approach is followed by the whole school.

Each child will receive a complete report card for their applicable milestones.

Support plans are developed when a challenge is experienced.

The whole school is under 24 hour camera surveillance.

Policies

POLICIES

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Admission

ADMISSION

You are welcome to complete the accompanying form do to an application for enrolment.

If your application is successful, you will be notified within 2 days and you will be invited for a meeting to discuss the Enrolment form.

Health & Safety
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HEALTH & SAFETY

Train Kids Preschool Academy aims to ensure the health and safety of all the people concerned at the school.

Please read more about our safety measures and SPRINKLE SPRAY.

Health

 

Our Health & Safety policy is available on request.

No antibiotics will be administered at the school.

All other medication must be signed in for the principal/vice-principal to administer.

CHANGING TIDES services the school weekly to disinfect the school with a non-toxic, alcohol based disinfectant.

The whole school is cleaned on a daily basis.

 

Safety

 

Our friendly security guard is on duty from 06:30 – 08:15 & 14:00 – 17:30.

In between those times he cleans the entire playground.

We are contracted to FOX Security with a medical alert button in the one class.

The principal and one staff member is Level 2 First Aid qualified, other staff members are level 1 qualified.

No person will gain access to the premises without an appointment.

Daily Menu

 DAILY MENU

Our menu is adapted to the season

We follow a 2 week cycle

All food is of a very good quality and very tasty

Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Snack is served each day

Water is given every hour

We do not cater for Halal, Kosher or Vegetarian dishes

We will accommodate allergies and medical conditions

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Friday is: Make-and-bake day!

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