Klein Handjies is an initiative by the Franschhoek wine estates Solms-Delta and Boschendal. It moved to Boschendal estate a few months ago and here its numbers have been augmented by children from the Boschendal community.
Lynette Carolissen, principal of Klein Handjies Preschool has been a nursery school teacher for most of her life but, she says, the Klein Handjies Preschool, which currently has 51 children aged from three months to five years, is far and away the best she has ever been involved with, she adds, there are seven main reasons for this.
The reasons include, it being set in a clean, calm, and beautiful farm. It has sufficient staff (seven in all) and this means that great attention can be paid to the individual. It has spacious and adequate floor areas in beautifully refurbished cottages. It is well equipped with books, art materials & educational toys. It feeds its children throughout the day with nutritious, farm fresh breakfasts, morning teas, lunches and afternoon snacks
Most importantly, it makes full use of Preschool for Africa’s Play With A Purpose programme. The Play With A Purpose systems and educational kits were introduced in 1991, and are widely considered to be ground-breaking in child development initiatives. The programme is based on a neuro-scientific framework and behaviour-based theories originally developed by Professor James Heckman, who won a Nobel Prize for his work in this field.
In 2017 Klein Handjies will more than double its current intake and former farm cottages on the school site are being renovated to make this possible.