Kindly note that, although not of major impact, there are some changes that have been made to the contents of the Prospectus. An updated version of the Prospectus is available from our office.

1. INTRODUCTION

Thank you for expressing an interest in the facilities we offer. Our Prospectus may answer some of the questions you might have, however, please feel free to contact the school at any stage should you have further inquiries. The Principal will arrange for an official interview at your convenience.

As an educational facility involved in caring for young children, we recognise that childrearing is in essence a parental responsibility. Nonetheless, we endeavour to assist parents with this challenging task; our goal is to work alongside you in seeing your child effectively launched into adulthood and finding his/her God-given purpose in life. At all times we make an effort to provide a thoroughly Christian environment with teachers who are both suitably qualified and committed to the Lord Jesus Christ. We venture to teach our children from a Biblical perspective, thereby giving them a sound worldview.

We further believe, as consistently taught in Scripture, that the natural principle of sowing and reaping should form a framework from which to approach the character of children and the development thereof. In investing wisdom and truth into children and allowing them to cultivate these aspects, we are preparing them to carry hope into the future that will enable them to sow responsibly into the lives of others.

May God give you wisdom in selecting a suitable school for your child.

2. HISTORY AND PLANNING OF FURTHER DEVELOPMENT BY THE SCHOOL

Heavenly Babies & Tots is an independent, co-educational Nursery and Pre-school situated in Garsfontein, Pretoria. At Heavenly Babies & Tots, our children are encouraged to make the most of their talents and abilities. We follow Christian principles and uphold wholesome family values. Heavenly Babies Crèche was established in May 1996 and is registered at the Department of Welfare Development and the Gauteng Education Department. Ilse Botha founded the school, having a great passion for children. We started with five little ones and rapidly grew to such an extent that the Pre-school, Heavenly Tots, was started in January 1999. Ever since, we have been growing and are experiencing a tremendous blessing on our school. We care for children from 3 months up to 6 years.

Heavenly Babies & Tots have great plans for the future. We are continuously upgrading our facilities in order to stay ahead in our market - our aim is to have an impact on everybody's lives that are involved in our school, whether it is a child, a parent or a staff member.

3. VISION OF HEAVENLY BABIES & TOTS

Following basic Scriptural guidelines, Heavenly Babies & Tots seek to prepare children, in co-operation with their parents, to fulfil their purpose and potential in spiritual, intellectual, physical and social aspects of their lives for this life and eternity. We trust that the results of our approach will be a contribution to the disciplining of the nation, by showing our commitment to the local community and being sensitive to its needs.

4. MISSION STATEMENT

In obedience to the Holy Spirit:
  • We provide Christian education and training for the whole child (intellectually, physically, spiritually and socially) to prepare young boys and girls for a productive life.
  • We enlarge on, and offer an integrated Biblical view of learning and life with emphasis on personal responsibility, purpose, wisdom and social skills in relationships.
  • We are committed to excellence and innovation; consequently, we will be a model to influence the city, country and continent.
5. CHARACTER OF HEAVENLY BABIES & TOTS

At Heavenly Babies & Tots we celebrate the growth of all involved at the School to their full potential in Christ through the following passions:

Passion for God

This passion finds its expression in the following ways:
  • Formal Bible instruction
  • Integration of Biblical values and love for the Lord in everyday life
Passion for integrity

This passion finds its expression in the following ways:
  • Discipline begins with a sound relationship between teachers, child and parents - children are encouraged to pursue the expansion of their internal value systems.
  • Discipline is based on the acknowledgement of Scriptural principles. Its purpose is to assist in the Biblical alignment of the child's internal value system rather than focusing on negative behaviour. Discipline will always take place in co-operation with the parents.
Passion for people and service

This passion finds its expression in the following ways:
  • Children must learn to appreciate each other's uniqueness and differences and must take responsibility to help and serve one another - people can change history by serving others; hospitality is also cultivated as an important value in the school.
  • Children will engage in different activities, which will serve our community and expose them to the love of Jesus Christ.
  • Each child will be awarded a specific task in class, further reinforcing the principle of service and its consequence.
Passion for growth

This passion finds its expression in the following ways:
  • Growth means to realise the Lord's dream on the physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual levels of every individual's life - every person can be a life-long learner.
  • The curriculum focuses on skills and knowledge, as well as on the integration of Scriptural principles in our everyday lives through the various learning areas.
  • The outlay of the class enhances group work and is conducive to independent working.
6. LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

We are a dual-medium school. All classes are conducted in English and Afrikaans; children are addressed in their home language whenever possible.

7. HOURS OF ATTENDANCE

Parents may bring their child(ren) to the Nursery/Pre-School from 06h45 to 17h30. If school hours are exceeded, a penalty of R20.00 per 15 minutes per child is payable on collection - no exceptions will be made.

8. DAYS OF ATTENDANCE

Your child is only cared for from Monday to Friday; tending does not take place on any Public Holidays. Once a year we close on a Monday or Friday should the Public Holiday fall on a Tuesday or Thursday.

9. CLOSING DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Heavenly Babies & Tots closes every year during the December Holidays, which will be from approximately the 2nd Friday during December until the first working day after New Year. Dates of annual closure and re-opening are communicated well in advance.

10. REGISTRATION AND SCHOOL FEES
  • School fees are charged monthly and are payable in advance.
  • A debit order for school fees is to be signed on registration.
  • In the event that a debit order is returned as unpaid for whatever reason, the parent will be contacted for alternative payment arrangements within 3 (three) days. The parent further commits to reimbursement of bank charges resulting from returned payment.
  • No reduction of fees will be given for illness, holiday or part of a month.
  • The school reserves the right of admission and may refuse any child whose school fees are not paid by the seventh (7th) of each month.
  • Additional recovery costs of R10.00 per day in respect of late payments is payable if the payment of the fees for the caring of your child reaches us later than the 7th of the month - this will be added to the following month's account.
  • A deposit of one month's fee is payable upon signing of the contract - understandably there will be no refund of deposit in case of cancellation of a reserved place.
  • Ten (10) percent discount will be given for two or more children.
  • The application form must be completed; signed and relevant payments must be confirmed before any child will be enrolled.
  • A registration fee of R200.00 per child is payable upon enrolment.
  • A R200.00 administration fee is payable annually in January upon re-opening of Heavenly Babies & Tots.
11. ABSENCE, ILLNESS, TRANSMISSIBLE DISEASES, HOLIDAY OR CLOSING HOLIDAY
  • No rebates will be given during a child's absence due to illness, when he/she is on holiday, or when the school closes during the December holidays.
  • Should a child be taken out of the school for a period due to medical reasons, the parents will still be liable for the full fee.
  • The parents undertake to be liable for the total fee, even if the child has been absent from the school for whatever reason.
  • The parents undertake to pay the full fee during the closing period in December.
12. FEE INCREASE

Heavenly Babies & Tots school fees will be increased annually according to owner's discretion. Information pertaining to current rates is available from the office.

13. NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL
  • Having received one calendar month written notice, Heavenly Babies & Tots will refund the initial deposit.
  • The parent of the child undertakes not to give notice of withdrawal during the month of November or December (regardless if the child is returning the following year).
  • The final date on which notice of withdrawal can take place is the 1st October for the end of October - no exception will be made in this regard.
14. CONTAGIOUS DISEASES, ALLERGIES AND MEDICINE
  • Caring for your child at home is essential should your child have a contagious disease; management of contagious diseases is a statutory requirement.
  • Please notify the school personally if your child is ill and specify the condition.
  • If your child suffers from any allergies, a doctor's letter is required, detailing the condition and suggested management thereof.
  • Medicine accompanying a child to school must be clearly marked with the child's name as well as the dosage to be administered.
  • Any medication to be given must be documented in the medicine book in the classroom and placed in the medicine cupboard or facility refrigerator.
  • Parents are required not to leave any medicine anywhere other than in the facility provided, as it is vital that it should remain out of reach of all children at all times.
  • It remains the responsibility of the parents to remove the medicine from the medicine box or facility refrigerator at the time of going home.
  • Parents are required to commit to our policy regarding reasonable medical care in cases of emergency when parents are not reachable, as contained in the contractual document.
15. MEALS

The following meals and snacks are served during school hours:
  • A cooked breakfast at 08h00 consisting of cooked oats, Malta Bella or maize meal - as the regular programme commences directly after breakfast, children arriving after 08h15 will not be served breakfast.
  • Mid-morning snacks at 10h00, which include Rooibos tea with fruit juice and sandwiches.
  • Lunch at 12h00 - a copy of the menu can be obtained from the office.
  • Mid-afternoon snacks at 15h00, which include Rooibos tea with fruit juice, sandwiches and fruit.
  • Should your child or baby require feeding consisting of cow's milk, we will provide this as part of the menu.
  • Our entire menu is also provided in puree form for babies that are capable of consuming solid meals.
16. GENERAL RULES

The nursery and pre-school must be informed of any of the following matters:
  • Any circumstances at home or school that could affect your child's behaviour.
  • If your child will be absent from school for whatever reason.
  • Any changes in personal particulars including address, telephone numbers or attending physician.
  • If your child visits a therapist, psychologist or any other professional, the school requires a copy of the report.
Children are not allowed to bring any toys or sweets to school as it creates social conflict amongst them - in cases where children arrive at school with the above, parents will be required to take this away from them.

17. SECURITY AND PARKING
  • The school has the highest standard of security measures.
  • The entrance gates are operated with security disks that activate an electromagnetic locking device.
  • Disks are available from the office at R50.00 per disk.
  • If your child leaves the school and you return the disk in good working order, you will be refunded.
  • All visitors are required to report to the office at Heavenly Tots.
  • If a person unknown to us is picking up the child, it must be noted in the file and/or the office must be informed in advance.
  • The school will refuse to release any child to individuals that cannot be identified, unless parents advise us in person.
  • Please ensure that the gates are closed at all times and do not allow children that are unaccompanied by parents to leave the premises through the gate.
  • Please carry your baby or hold your child's hand when you enter the parking area or upon exiting your vehicle - it is very dangerous to let children roam unattended.
  • The driveways and parking facilities are used at your own risk; Heavenly Babies and Tots will not accept any responsibility for any injury or damages that may occur to person or property in this area.
18. LIABILITY

We will do our utmost to ensure the safest and most secure environment for you child. However, neither the school nor its owners or personnel accept any liability for the following:
  • Any injury your child may suffer on the way to, or from school, or at the school during school hours.
  • Any actions by your child after school hours, while still on the school property.
  • Any loss of personal property, regardless of whether it was marked or not.
  • Any child that is transported to- and fetched from, extra mural activities e.g. swimming, concert practice, educational outings during school hours - regardless of whoever is transporting the child.
  • It is imperative that all children be placed in the care and under direct supervision of a staff member upon arrival at the school.
  • Be advised that only persons listed on your application form may collect your children - no exceptions are made in this regard.
19. BIRTHDAY PARTIES
  • No jumping castles, water slides or any other children's recreational station will be allowed as entertainment for a birthday party.
  • Arrangements for your child's birthday party must please be discussed with the teacher before the party. Moderation is the key ingredient of a successful children's party - excess creates wastage, can cause conflict and at times, nausea as well.
Should you wish to supply party packs for the children, the following is suggested:
  • A small packet of chips
  • Fruit Juice
  • A sweet (no lollypops)
  • A cup-cake or birthday cake
We recommend that you avoid refreshments with excessive colorants and preservatives, as this affects the activity levels of some children - please provide appropriately for children with allergies or specific dietary requirements.

Suggested entertainment during your child's party:
  • Clowns (information can be obtained from the office)
  • Face Painting
  • Puppet Shows
The child whose birthday it is will receive his/her own crown from the school and will receive special treatment on that day.

20. CHECKLIST OF WHAT TO BRING

Babies
  • 6 Disposable Nappies per day (minimum)
  • 2 Towelling Nappies
  • 2 Sets of clean clothing
  • 3 Bibs
  • 2 Vests
  • Dummy and teething ring
  • Enough bottles for the day, prepared and clearly marked
  • Receiving blanket, clearly marked
  • Hairbrush, clearly marked
  • Hat, clearly marked
  • Sun-block, clearly marked
  • Baby's own nappy rash cream
  • Nestum Porridge and Purity for babies that cannot consume solid foods yet
  • Plastic bag for dirty clothes
Toddlers
  • One properly marked suitcase
  • Clothing suitable for a change of weather
  • A hat, clearly marked
  • Sun-block, clearly marked
  • Hairbrush, clearly marked
  • Replacement underwear, in case of accidents
21. EXTRA MURAL ACTIVITIES
  • External and independent service providers offer extra mural activities at the school.
  • These external operators provide these activities with no formal association to our facility.
  • Please keep the payments separate.
  • The school takes no responsibility for payments exchanged on our premises in view of these services.
These activities include:
  • Monkeynastics
  • Kindermusik
  • Ballet
  • Computer Skills Development
  • Swimming
Educationals (e.g. visits by the Zoo-mobile, puppet shows etc.) will be arranged from time to time and parents will be informed of costs in advance.

We have a school concert every year - participation fees will be communicated to parents well in advance.

22. CLOSURE

The personnel are here to serve the needs of the parents and little ones. We aspire to run a happy school - a place where children will love to be and where learning takes place in a dignified environment. We endeavour to accurately represent the Lord Jesus Christ to all our little ones as a gracious, loving, caring and disciplined God. The signature of our Father is written all over His creation and at Heavenly Babies & Tots we are all learning to read it together!

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