Our Philosophy

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Our Philosophy

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“Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.” (Albert Einstein) 

Capriccio! Arts Powered Pre-school is a registered ECD Independent School offering Grade R   (Western Cape Education Department Reg. no. 13/1/4/H2379).

We are passionate about the power of art education in all its forms, namely music, dance, drama and visual art. We believe in art as a powerful means of learning, a premise we like to describe as arts powered learning. The various forms of art have an infinite capacity to affect brain and body and act as a unifying force, a vehicle by which important cognitive, physical, emotional and social skills can be developed and integrated in young children.

  • We believe that children possess an innate property for appreciation and enjoyment of the arts – a deep desire to express themselves through art, which need to be fulfilled in order for them to progress, self-actualize and foster healthy self-esteem.
  • We believe that arts education is essential and profound to developing well-balanced and healthy communities.

We are a Montessori inspired pre-school, focused on following the individual child, recognising his/her ability to direct his/her own learning in a carefully prepared learning environment. We enable our children to develop at their own pace, following their own natural rhythm. The traditional Montessori areas of learning are integrated in our methodology and materials. We offer an inviting home environment, in keeping with Maria Montessori’s “Casa dei Bambini” concept.

Elements of  Reggio Emilia and Waldorf education are also integrated, as we recognise the pre-schooler’s multiple languages of learning and his/her potential to be stimulated and nurtured through creative play and imitation. The inner experiences of awe and wonder are awakened amidst a daily structure of ritual and rhythm. Teachers are warm and caring guides who foster healthy interpersonal relationships and a sense of community, taking care to expose the children to that which is truthful, good and beautiful, while accompanying each child on his/her own personal journey of exploration and discovery.

Sport and technology are not left behind. Encouraging an early interest in technology and guiding our children toward a healthy lifestyle fostering physical development through sport, are further important aspects addressed in our approach.

Capriccio! Arts Powered Pre-school provides a loving, fun-filled, well-balanced learning environment in Milnerton, Cape Town, for little ones aged 18 months – 6 years, functioning from within our Christian ethos, nurturing family values, an affinity for the arts and creative thinking from a young age, allowing each child the freedom to flourish at his/her own pace in order to develop his/her own unique potential.

“I believe that creativity will be the currency of the 21st century.” 

(Gerald Gordon, Ph.D., President/CEO, Fairfax County (Virginia) Economic Development Authority)