The early years of a child’s life are important for healthy development. Our baby programme is designed to stimulate the development of children between the ages of 0 – 3 years and to help parents to give them the best possible start in life.
Our carefully constructed curriculum for children between the ages of 0 – 6 includes all the necessary resources, equipment, parent support and educational support.
Many of our children do not have educational or recreational toys of their own at home. Through our colourful mobile mini bus toy library, our children are able to borrow a toy on a fortnightly basis.
Our special needs programme addresses barriers to development and learning caused by speech and language difficulties. It also addresses problems with visual perception processing, delayed motor development, and physical disability. We support our children through a range of interventions, which include early identification and screening, assessment and referrals.
Our After School Cub programme provides support to school-going children between the ages of 7 – 18. When they return home after school to the farm on which they live we provide homework supervision, academic support and an opportunity to participate in fun and exciting extra mural activities. These include drama, art, sport and dance. This programme also helps parents who need to balance work and other family commitments.
By taking our children on educational trips, Pebbles opens up a world of new environments, experiences, interests and possibilities for them.
Children develop literacy skills through books. Our mobile library means accessibility to books for children who previously had none. It also encourages family togetherness and entertainment through a selection of DVDs and games.
Computer literacy is essential to survive and thrive in a digital world. Through our mobile computer programme, children learn practical and technical skills that allow them to complete school assignments and generally become more familiar with a digital environment.
We started the mathematics and literacy support programmes in 2014 to assist our after school club learners with these important subjects. Our team of 5 staff follow specific programmes designed to grow knowledge and understanding in maths and literacy, in a way that complements the school curriculum. We monitor progress through continuous assessment and we evaluate achievement through school results.
Mid-teen years is a tricky period in any child’s life. School subject and career choices, application processes and further education opportunities can be overwhelming. We work with our children to help them to make informed, self-aware educational and career choices.
Many of our staff come from the farms on which our children live. All Pebbles ECD centres and After School Club staff are carefully selected and attend monthly training sessions. These sessions include curriculum guidance, the introduction of new techniques and the provision of educational resources.
Our dream is to build a leadership centre to provide the ideal multi-purpose facility for all our after school club programmes and services. Older farm children will have a stimulating space in which to access information, make informed career and life choices, and learn leadership skills.
A core aspect of the work we do at Pebbles is the provision of special needs support to children with barriers to learning or specific learning disabilities. A dedicated school would mean a nurturing educational environment were these children would get the learning support they so desperately need. Plus, they will have access to a range of other activities to help their development.
An effective mentorship match programme means that each child will spend quality time with a role model. In some instances, a mentor is the first person to take a real interest in the child’s aspirations. Mentors will offer one-on-one advice and help the child to discover their dreams and to reach their full potential.