Since 1987 Sugar and Spice ECD centre has grown and established themselves as one of the leading Early Childhood Development Centres in the Western Cape of Southern Africa. They are firm believers in a sound academic background from a young age. This is achieved in a fun and playful environment where every aspect of your child is developed with love, consistency and enthusiastic encouragement.
They have 5 classrooms, all catering for the different age groups. Each programme is specifically designed to provide a stimulating agenda for all children. A big part of their curriculum is the Letterland reading programme. This starts at the age of 2. These children start the very basics, thereafter, each class takes the programme a step further. Children are continually observed and developmental areas assessed. A comprehensive report is provided at the end of the school year.
All staff are fully qualified and specialists in Early Child Care and Education, they are the backbone of the Centre and update their training regularly.
Sugar and Spice is registered with the Department of Social Development. They employ the correct ratio of teachers/assistants to children as stipulated by the City of Cape Town: Environmental Health By-Law No. 13333 of 2003
Sugar and Spice caters for all children between the ages of 12 months to 6 years.
All classes follow their own stimulating daily programme which encompasses all learning areas, cognitive, language, auditory, movement, body-space integration, gross and fine motor co-ordination, emotional, social and play, science experiments and the ever popular Letterland reading programme.
FIRST TIME AT SCHOOL!
It can be a harrowing experience leaving your child for the first time at a new school. This can often prove quite stressful for parents, who leave the school in the mornings in a worse state than their child! Settling into a new environment and making bonds with new carers takes time. We encourage parents to talk to their children about all the nice things he/she will be doing and the friends he/she will make. Settling into the daily routine happens very quickly and we encourage parents to call us at any time to see how their little ones are doing.
A core focus is to create a very homely atmosphere at Sugar and Spice.
Operating hours are from 7.30am - 5.30pm Sharp. Monday to Friday. They encourage all children to be at school by 8.30am and no later than 8.40am. Thereafter they have breakfast and start the daily programmes. The centres closes for 15 working days during the Christmas holiday break and public holidays. They do not close for school holidays.
Fees increase between 6% and 10% at the beginning of each year. On admittance the centre requires one month’s fees as a deposit (this can be split over 2 months). Parents must give one calendar months’ notice when leaving Sugar and Spice and the deposit is then used for their final month at school. If a parent leaves the Centre without giving notice, we retain the months deposit to cover costs. School fees are payable by the 1st of every month. For qualifying parents we have a fee assistance programme.
SAFETY/ SECURITY OF CHILDREN
The education, welfare, safety and happiness of every child in their care is Sugar and Spice’s most important responsibility. A child will never be allowed to leave the premises with a stranger or person not stipulated on the application form. Parents must always telephone us with the name and description of the person collecting their child.
For additional security the centre encourages prospective parents wanting to view Sugar and Spice ECD Centre to contact them providing their details and when they will be visiting the centre. Previously they would encourage parents to just pop in to view the school at any time, however, times have changed, child trafficking/kidnapping is on the increase throughout the world and we must be vigilant at all times. And the Covid 19 pandemic has necessitated stricter access guidelines. We need to know exactly who is on the premises at all times.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Sugar and Spice provides a selection of extra-curricular activities e.g. Ballet, Karate, Monkeynastix, Soccersize and Speakwell. Fees are paid directly to the instructors.
A Christmas party is held in December. Music, refreshments, a magician, Christmas songs and graduation ceremony takes place but the highlight is Father Christmas with his sleigh of presents. The Christmas party is a non-religious event where all children can take part.
They also have an annual “Art Exhibition" where parents view a collection of arts and crafts created entirely by their children.
Throughout the year, various entertainment companies visit the school. These include puppet shows, dental, health, wild animals, snakes and reptiles, birds of prey, fire department and theatre presentations. All of which have an educational and fun aspect to their themes.
Sugar and Spice has a professional photographer who takes photos of the children twice a year and at the Graduation ceremony at the end of the year.