Who are we

Our team undergo ongoing training to ensure that your child enjoy a safe, engaging environment that encourages growth and independence. The teachers are all registered with SACE, the South African Council for Educators. Our services meet and exceed the highest quality service standards of SAMA, of which we are a member.

Priya Nagar
Priya Nagar

DIRECTOR AND TEACHER

Priya is founder and owner of Creative Explorers Montessori Pre-School, bringing 9 years of educational experience to this school. Throughout these years, she has taught children of all ages and abilities individually and in groups. She holds an early childhood credentials from College of Modern Montessori and is MACTE accredited. She has a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Computational and Applied Mathematics from WITS University.

Priya is passionate about child development and love assisting children to unlock their potential in an optimal learning environment. She loves watching the children’s eyes spark as they come to realize that they have just learnt something new and is able to do anything.

Over the years she has observed an increasing number of children with learning challenges. Whilst searching for answers she was led to NILD in 2017 and is currently a NILD and Search and Teach intern. She is thrilled that this training has equipped her with further tools to assess, assist and support children into building a firm foundation of skills while encouraging love of learning and developing self-confidence. For this reason, she has implemented and added the Search and Teach program into the school curriculum as well.

Priya feels privileged to have an opportunity to observe children transform from dependent learners to independent learners. In addition to teaching and managing the school, she will continue to pursue and complete the necessary levels to become a Professional Certified Educational Therapist.

Heather Barnard
Heather Barnard

DIRECTOR AND ASSISTANT TEACHER

Heather has thirty-two years of experience working and counselling children. Her interest in finding out what drives a child, has led her to Montessori. She is a trained Montessori assistant and has four years’ experience in a Montessori environment.

Heather draws great joy and excitement from watching children grasp concepts, understanding things and learning to interact with others. She is passionate about assisting them in developing coping skills when faced with challenges.

Heather has a love for all types of crafts. In her free time, she, together with her husband, run a debating group called “Rumble in a Pub” which tackles all kinds of topics.  They have groups in Sweden, Durban and Pretoria. They also have a Mic Club, now called “Vocal Point”, that runs monthly to showcase amateur performers. In addition, she is involved in table top gaming, computer gaming, table top role play and live action role play.

Jade Hope Fiedling
Jade Hope Fiedling

TEACHER FOR PRE-SCHOOL

Jade started at Creative Explorers as an intern and she joined the team in 2017. She has a Montessori diploma from College of Modern Montessori and is MACTE accredited.

Jade’s interest in childhood education stems from the struggles she had at school and the amazing Maths teacher who freed her from her struggles. He inspired her to make a difference in struggling learners. This drew her to the Montessori approach as he brought to her awareness that each child learns differently. She has found the Montessori multi-sensory method effective in addressing different learning styles.

Jade, in her free time, enjoys painting, hands on activities creating crafts and keeping fit by doing park runs.

Maimuna Mashinda
Maimuna Mashinda

TEACHER FOR TODDLERS

Maimuna holds a certificate in Bookkeeping from PC Business Training College, but a move to South Africa and her love for being around children directed a career change. She has a certificate for Early Childhood Development with NQF Level 5. She has gained eight years of experience in educating children.

Maimuna believes that children are available for learning only once they feel safe. Her belief has served the school well. Her gentle, loving and nurturing nature brings a great deal of understanding and patience to the environment.  She derives great happiness in observing the children’s journey as they blossom.

In her spare time, Maimuna enjoys music, watching movies and reading.

Nicole Louw
Nicole Louw

ASSISTANT TEACHER FOR TODDLERS

We are beyond thrilled to welcome Nicole to our staff this year. She brings empathy and a sense of fun to the school. She first joined Creative Explorers as a substitute assistant and this year she has a permanent role as the assistant teacher for the toddlers.

Nicole’s love for children led her to volunteer her services to a baby orphanage for a year. In that year, she realized her interest to study early childhood development. She feels she can make a positive difference in children’s lives by nurturing and educating them. This directed her to Creative Explorers. She has been trained as a Montessori assistant and plan to study further in this field.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, shopping, watching movies and drawing.

Our Team
Our Team
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Our Program

Our program at Creative Explorers Montessori Pre-School is designed to provide a lasting foundation of skills and positive attitudes to support a lifetime of learning. The program engages young minds through a perceptual stimulation approach using multi-sensory manipulatives. Steeped in Montessori philosophy, our active learning curriculum includes the following five areas of learning:

Practical Life
Practical Life
Sensorial
Sensorial

Practical Life: This area is a link between the child’s home and school environment. These activities are familiar daily home activities such as pouring, cleaning, measuring, lacing, preparing food, grooming, dressing and practicing social graces. These exercises empower the child to care for self, for others and the environment. The aim of these exercises are to help the child gain control in the coordination of his or her movement, develop concentration and gain independence in order to adapt to his or her society without assistance from others.

 

Sensorial: The sensorial material encourages the child to understand his environment through the senses. Many of the exercises in this area prepares the child for later learning in the mathematics and language area as it enables him or her to order, classify and describe the sensory impressions in relation to colour, dimension, texture, taste, smell, temperature, shape and weight.

Language
Language
Mathematics
Mathematics

Language: These materials increase vocabulary, explore the sounds and syntax of the English language and help the child to read and write. The metal insets, as well as the activities in practical life and sensorial, develops the fine motor skills necessary for writing. The Montessori environment is rich in oral language opportunities allowing the child to experience conversations, stories and songs. The child effortlessly links phonetic sound to the shape of the alphabet using sandpaper letters and thus encouraging the natural progression to writing (building) words with the moveable alphabet and then on to reading. The child is introduced to the different parts of speech and grammar by participating in fun games with the directress and other children.

 

Mathematics: In the mathematics area, the materials are carefully sequenced, so that the child develops the ability to reason through problems rather than memorizing. The child is introduced to mathematical concepts of size and quantity, classification and linear progression through use of concrete manipulatives. By working with these materials, the child will acquire a solid understanding of basic mathematical principles which will prepare him or her for later algebraic and geometric work.

Culture
Culture

Cultural: The child is exposed to various cultural subjects such as geography, history, botany, zoology, history, science, music and art, to feed his imagination and understanding of the world around him. The child learns about other countries, the people and their cultures with an attitude of respect and admiration. History lessons teaches the child concept of time and by exploring the solar system, life on earth, the development of man, early civilization and recorded history, the child sees the development of history. The lessons and experiences with nature inspire respect for all life forms. Simple science experiments are available for the child to use in the discovery of natural laws.  Music and art activities give the child the opportunity to enjoy creative activities and gain knowledge of great artists.  The cultural activities also help the child to understand his role in the world and that he is in fact a very important part of the whole system.

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Why Creative Explorers

  • We have three schedules half day, three quarter day and full day
  • We are open throughout the year with short breaks
  • Fully equipped environment that meets the unique development needs of children between 18 months - 6 years old
  • Adventurous outdoor playground promoting many gross motor activities
  • Qualified, nurturing staff dedicated to the well-being and development of the child
  • Low teacher to child ratio 1:8 (Toddler) and 1:12 (Pre-School)
  • Wholesome vegetarian cooked lunch and afternoon snacks
  • Wide range of extra murals such as Soccer Starz, Swimming, Build em brix, Playfit, Dance Mouse Ballet and Tumbling tigers
  • Excellent security linked with Mamba
  • No hidden costs
  • Independent transport service provider
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Benefits of Creative Explorers Education

  • Creative Explorers Montessori provides foundational blocks to help your child become an independent and lifelong learner.
  • Your child will have the opportunity to engage in high level academic work whilst stimulating critical thinking.
  • Your child will be able to learn at his/ her own pace and through play.
  • Your child’s confidence will grow as a result of individual attention, opportunities with exploring and discovering with the materials and social interactions within the school environment.
  • Your child will learn how to handle complex social interactions as well as learn how to express him/ herself.
  • Your child will have the freedom to learn in an environment with clear, consistent rules based on respect.
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