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Parents must accompany toddlers on their educational journey from the very start until the very end.

11 February 2019 | Education

Henda Meyer; ISWB principal; “The first 1 000 days are of huge importance for the rest of any child’s life.”

Otis Finck - The International School of Walvis Bay (ISWB) officially opened the doors to its Early Years Foundation Stage school, the “Smarty House”, in Walvis Bay on Friday.

The school also boasts a baby room and reception classes for Grade 0s as part of a three-phased foundation for learners.

In her speech at the opening, ISWB principal Henda Meyer said teachers are privileged to be part of the formation years of children.

“The first 1 000 days are of huge importance for the rest of any child’s life. The unlimited potential present needs to be tapped and developed. It is therefore essential to get primary education right for future success.”

Henda also urged parents to be connected and involve themselves with the education process of their children.

Smarty House learners are exposed to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which sets out the learning and development stages for children as they grow from birth to five years.

It is the first time that the EYFS concept is being introduced by Cambridge in Namibia.

There are seven areas of learning.

The prime focus areas are personal, social and emotional development, physical development, as well as communications and language.

Specific areas of learning focus on literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive art and design.

Vikki Farrel was assigned to implement this statutory framework of preschool standards in the United Kingdom after a change in approach to education was implemented by the International School.

Farrel said it usually takes one to two years for key persons (teachers) to adapt to the framework and that it requires a huge mind shift.

“This way of learning has, however, proven very effective and makes the effort a worthy exercise. Children learn and develop through playing, exploring, being creative and being asked questions to help their thinking. The Cambridge system, for example, encourages learners to complete their homework during school time in order to allow for free time and other activities after school.’’

Marth-Mari Allen is the head of the department at Smarty House, with three key persons responsible for teaching 35 children (from the age of 16 months) through relationship development and independence of choice in an enabling environment.

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