Information Letter to new parents

INFORMATION LETTER FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - 6 January 2020

Dear Parents

WELCOME!!
A warm welcome to all our parents and learners!

We hope that you had a blessed and fun-filled December holiday, and that you are well-rested and ready for all that 2020 may bring!

We trust that all our new parents and learners will soon feel like a part of our family and right at home!
Remember, our office door is always open.

Last but not least, we welcome back our Farmyard team! Each one of them gave their all during 2019 and worked diligently to get everything ready for 2020.

THANK YOU!
We want to sincerely thank the Farmyard parents and learners for the thoughtful presents, cards, and messages at the end of last year!!!

The many referrals that we have received from our Farmyard parents is greatly appreciated!

Please remember that we enrol babies from the age of 6 months, so it is essential to book a place for your younger sibling in advance.

IMPORTANT ‘TIPS’ TO ALL PARENTS
The ‘settling in’ period at the beginning of the year is stressful for both you, and your child. Therefore, we would like to assist by offering some advice to make this transition as smooth as possible.

Please be assured that your child will receive an abundance of love, reassurance, and hugs throughout the day from the Farmyard staff. We want Farmyard to feel like a second home to them and the welfare and happiness of each learner is extremely important to us.

We have appointed additional staff members to lend an extra hand during the ‘settling-in’ period in January. Be assured that in time, your child will learn to adapt to our routine with the help of our loving and patient Farmyard staff.

It will help both your child and us, immensely, if you can assist us by doing the following:

*For your Orange or Green class little one - send a ‘comfort’ item to school, but only if necessary (dummy, teddy, blankly etc.) Please note that this is only temporary and once your child has settled, they will be encouraged to leave the item in their bag.

*Your own encouraging, positive and relaxed attitude will go a long way in making your child feel at ease when he/she is being dropped off.

* Encourage your child to be adventurous and to try out all the activities on offer in their new class.

* Show him/her that you trust the teacher and her assistants.

* Praise your child if he/she shows independence.

*Have conversations with him/her before school, e.g.: “You are going to play with your friends and have lots of fun at school. We will pick you up after nap time/play time, and you can tell Mommy about your day!”

*Until your child feels comfortable in this new environment, please try and fetch him/her at the same time every day. As the school day is structured around a specific routine, the learners will adjust a lot faster if they know exactly what to expect from all of us.

*And MOST IMPORTANTLY, say goodbye in a loving way and make this parting as short as possible. Assure your child that the teacher will look after him/her and that he/she is going to enjoy playing with new friends and toys.

Please remember to mark all clothing and other personal items clearly. Bottles and dummies as well.
Our door is always open. Please feel free to discuss anything with us. We, as the principals of Farmyard, as well as the teachers, have the training and experience necessary to give you sound advice.

FARMYARD NEWSLETTER
Parents, please read this information letter, as well as all future monthly letters! These newsletters contain important information and deadlines.
Please inform us if your email address changes, or if you do not receive a newsletter via email by the 23rd of every month.
Check your child’s peg board on the 20th of every month for your invoice.
Thank you.

WEBSITE
Please visit our website http://www.littlefarmyard.co.za/ for general information concerning school hours, fees, year programme, educational programmes, daily schedules per class, etc.
COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS
*Email: If you need to email us, please use the following email address: lfy@littlefarmyard.co.za
We use a Gmail address to send information letters to you in bulk. Please note that the Gmail account is an unmonitored mailbox.
Farmyard Blog
Have you ever wondered why your child does or doesn’t do certain things? Especially when you see other children doing or not doing those things… Well Farmyard has started a blog and these are filled with well-researched, tried and tested information. These compiled pieces will hopefully give you some clarity on how to deal with a few serious and sometimes funny situations that you may find yourself dealing with. You will find these blogs at https://kidsmanual.wordpress.com Happy reading!
WhatsApp and broadcast groups
We love to give you the opportunity to have a peek at all the fun your child gets up to this year. To enable us to do so, and in an efficient and easy manner, we have set up a WhatsApp group for every class.
The purple and yellow groups will be set up as WhatsApp broadcast groups. The Farmyard office will be the administrator of this group. Photos and messages will be posted at the teacher’s request. The purple and yellow class teachers have such a full programme to follow with the learners that it is not possible for them to keep their phones with them.
The orange, green and blue groups will have the individual teachers of the class as administrators of their own groups. Please keep in mind that the learner’s needs come first, and a teacher will only be able to look at messages during quiet times. If you have an urgent message, rather contact the office.
We will send reminders and photos as often as reasonably possible, but please remember that we are teachers first and photographers second.
To ensure the success of the orange, green and blue class groups, we will be laying down very stringent ground rules that we need to insist that you follow.
Ground rules are as follows:
*Please do not post messages on the group that do not pertain to the group as a whole. If you have an enquiry, please WhatsApp your child’s teacher directly or make contact via the school number.
*Messages may only be posted during Farmyard business hours - 6:30 to 18:00 Monday to Friday. We do not want our dedicated and hardworking teachers, who work very long hours, to feel as if they have no personal time. Please remember that each teacher has her own family and responsibilities after hours. Thank you for respecting their personal time parents.
*Do not post any picture messages, meme’s, videos, jokes or general remarks on the group.
*If your child’s teacher posts a notice or photo on the group, it is not necessary to reply in confirmation. If you do want to post a remark, do so directly to the teacher and not on the group.
*Please remain considerate and diplomatic at all times when communicating on the group. Consideration to one another’s religion and culture is of utmost importance to us.
If the above rules are not adhered to, the benefits that these groups afford us will then unfortunately not be worth the issues that will arise from non-compliance.
Informal report back about your child’s day:
Our staff members work in two shifts because of the 11½-hour day. The group on the early shift work from 6:30 to 16:30, and the group on the late shift work from 7:50 to 18:00. The staff alternate between these two shifts on a weekly basis.

From 7:50 to 16:30 all members of staff are at school, but before 7:50 and after 16:30, only one staff member from each class is on duty. We have additional assistants who will assist early in the mornings in the Orange, Green and Blue classes when necessary.
If you wish to discuss any matter whatsoever, and the teacher isn’t available, feel free to talk to Rika, Martie or Cindy. We always aim for excellence and will gladly follow up any problems that you may encounter. Our office door is always open to our parents, children and staff.

Depending on the time that you bring your child in the mornings, or collect your child in the afternoon, you will either see your child’s class teacher or the class assistant/assistants.
The teacher or assistant will have a brief chat with you every afternoon regarding your child’s day. If there are any problems, these will be addressed immediately via the office, e.g. a sick child, incidents of a more serious nature, disciplinary problems, concerns with a child’s progress, etc.

We do not use the ‘message book’ system as a report back on your child’s day. We find that this system is ineffective and time consuming and our teachers would much rather spend all their time teaching, playing, bonding with, assessing and caring for the learners. A lot gets lost in translation when it comes to a hastily written message, so we prefer a personal, face-to-face feedback.

PERMISSION FOR INDIVIDUALS, OTHER THAN A PARENT, TO COLLECT A LEARNER FROM FARMYARD
On your first day at Farmyard, you will receive a purple form to complete and sign. On this form you will list the names AND ID NUMBERS of any individuals who will fetch your child from Farmyard on a regular basis. This person must then present his/her ID when fetching your child, especially in the beginning of the year or until the Farmyard staff members recognize the listed person by sight. Kindly complete and sign the form in the classroom and hand it back to the teacher, even if you do not have a name to add on the form.
This form gives the listed person/s permission to collect your child from Farmyard at any time. Therefore, you will not have to inform the office on a daily basis regarding this.
However, a phone call from you will be necessary every time you send a person whose name is not on the purple form.
As circumstances may change, we cannot assume that ‘old’ 2019 purple forms are still correct. Kindly complete a new form for 2020.
Permission for photos to be posted on social media
Farmyard is on Facebook! If you have not already sent us a friend’s request, please do so. This way you can keep up to date on all the action! There will be occasions where we will post photos that contain various children doing several fun-filled activities. To avoid any issues where there are privacy concerns, we ask that you sign the permission or denial section on the purple form stated above. Please note that our Facebook page is visible to the public, as we have educational tips and blogs that we would like to share with a broader community than just our Facebook friends. We will not be tagging you in any of the photos but will if requested, so that your Facebook friends and family can see your little one having fun at Farmyard!

EXTRA-MURAL ACTIVITIES FOR 2020
All extra-mural activities start on 3 February 2020 and end on 26 November 2020. No extra-mural activities will be reflected on your January account. There will be no charge for the promotional lessons offered in January.
***Registrations done during 2019 will not be applicable for 2020.

Please register for the activities of your choice in January. We request that you collect the appropriate forms for the activities that you want to register your child for. The forms will be available in the Farmyard office from 6th of January 2020.
Please hand in all forms by 17th January 2020, at the latest, to enable us to have the February invoice ready on time.
You are welcome to register for extra-mural activities during the year as well.
There will be no extra-mural activities during the March/April, June/July, and September/October holidays.
As always, we will follow a special Farmyard Holiday programme during school holidays, and you are welcome to bring your child every day.
The extra-mural fees were calculated according to the following method:
Basic monthly fee – discount for holidays = Rx X 10 months (Feb – Nov)
The Extra-mural registration fees are payable annually. The registration fee and the monthly extra mural fee is payable, with your school fee amount, to Little Farmyard Pre-Primary School. All items will be listed on your Farmyard invoice.
If your child is in Gr R (born in 2014) and Gr RR (born in 2015), kindly do not enrol him/her in more than 2 activities without speaking to his/her teacher, as we have a very full educational programme for them during the course of the morning. It will not be to the learner’s detriment if they are not enrolled in any extra-mural activities. The different learning activities, which are included in the Farmyard fee, are of a high standard and excellent variety. This will enable every learner to develop to their full potential.

LEARNING ACTIVITIES AT LITTLE FARMYARD
The teaching and learning activities cover the following learning areas:
*Mathematics, language and literacy
*Perception and body awareness
*Development of short and long-term memory
*Stimulating creativity through arts, crafts and music
*Life skills
*We provide the following workbooks for Gr.R and Gr.RR (compiled by the academic forum of LFY):
- The Little Farmyard activity book Gr RR
- Two homework books for Gr R (Book 1 = Term 1+2, Book 2 = Term 3+4)
- The Little Farmyard activity book Gr R
*We implement the Move to Learn programme (Barbara Pheloung), as well as the learning activities from Practica, the “Grow-Learning Company” and the Farmyard Gross motor syllabus.

FARMYARD MUSIC PROGRAMME (Included in your monthly school fee)
Teacher Rietha facilitates the Junior Collage Music Appreciation Programme on Wednesdays - February to November. The green, blue, yellow and purple classes will attend the lessons. We follow a separate programme for the Orange class.
The learners enjoy these sessions thoroughly and while they are having fun with music, they will also obtain a basic knowledge of the different genres of music.
The children will be exposed to:
• The use of percussion instruments
• Movement and rhythm through action songs
• The science of sound
• Innovative ways of making instruments out of household items
• Auditory discrimination

GROSS MOTOR PROGRAMME (Included in your monthly school fee)
The learners participate in the outdoor Gross motor programme on Thursdays - February to November. This programme has been developed for the green, blue, yellow and purple classes, and develops the following:
• Hand-eye co-ordination
• Midline crossing
• Spatial awareness
• Visual motor integration
• Foot-eye co-ordination
• Balance
• Muscle strength
• Perception, ability to plan and follow instructions, etc.
• Bilateral integration
We use balls, hula hoops, bean bags, trampolines, swings and various other pieces of equipment to set up different stations where the learners follow a certain route, completing several specific tasks. We change the stations on a regular basis to challenge the learners. They are always very enthusiastic about the ‘Gladiator course’!
We follow a separate programme for the orange class.
MOVE TO LEARN PROGRAMME (Included in your monthly school fee)
In every class, a Move to Learn programme is followed on a daily basis. This programme promotes left and right brain integration. We do specific physical activities with the learners to develop the following:
*ability to concentrate *special awareness *co-ordination *midline crossing, etc.

‘TUCK SHOP TREAT’ ON MONDAYS (Included in your monthly school fee)
This treat is enjoyed on a Monday morning, after learning activities. The children either get to munch on packet of crisps along with a sweet treat or an ice-cream and cone.

GR R AND GR RR – 2020
Learners born in 2014 will be in the Gr R group, and those born in 2015 will be in the Gr RR group. You may notice that the older Gr RR learners will already be in the Purple class with the Gr R group. We are able to structure our classes this way because our adult to child ratio allows for smaller group work. The younger Gr RR group, which will be in the Yellow class, has the same bookwork and curriculum to follow as the older group in the purple class. There will be no gap in their education as they move from one class to the next because little Farmyard, as a team, teaches according to age, not the colour of the class.
The concert/graduation ceremony at the end of the year only includes the Gr R and RR learners. More information concerning this matter will be available in February.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDEPENDENCE
As part of school readiness, a Gr R learner must be able to function independently when it comes to separating from parents in the mornings, eating, dressing and undressing, daily chores, etc.
We promote independence and a sense of responsibility in our young learners by giving them the task of taking care of their clothing, toys, school books and doing their homework themselves. Parents need only assist in making sure that the homework instruction are understood by the learner.
Emotional independence is also vital when your young child goes to primary school. If you promote independence from home as well, your child will become a balanced and self-confident young person.
*Allow them to clear up their own rooms and assist with chores in the house and in the garden.
*Do not carry your child in to school, let them walk, if possible.
*Let them carry their own bags and teach them to look after their stationery and homework books.
*Allow them to make a mess when trying something new. It is through mess and mistakes that we all
learn. Use positive reinforcement, even if the attempt is not successful. This is how they learn not to
give up and develop the will to try again.

THE IMPORTANCE OF FREE PLAY AND FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT FOR A YOUNG CHILD’S OPTIMAL DEVELOPMENT
Play is vital to a child’s development for a number of reasons. In a nutshell, various forms of play contribute to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children. This way, the child develops holistically.
Here, at little Farmyard, we have a busy morning educational programme which allows for a 60-minute free play session outside. The next opportunity for an outside free play session is in the afternoon once the children have woken up from a nap. We strive to keep your child’s day a happy and well balanced one. To ensure this, we need to use every available moment in the most productive way possible.
This unfortunately means that we are unable to dress each learner in a clean change of clothing when home time arrives. If an outfit change for each child is required, it will mean a staff member will need to spend a huge amount of time making this happen, where that time could be better spent guiding and observing the child during play. We feel that children should be allowed to play without having to worry about the ‘dirty’ consequences.
However, if you have an after-school appointment that requires your child’s clothing to be fresh and neat, let us know and we will make sure that your little one is clean and ready to go when you arrive.
Otherwise, you will receive a happy and content child, who had a day filled with fun educational activities, as well as free play that involved lots of running, climbing, playing in the sand pit and various forms of messy play. He or she will not be clean but will have spent the day as it should be spent.
If you fetch your child before the 11:00 or before the 16:00 clean up time of hands and faces, kindly give the available staff member the chance to clean his/her hands and face for you.

PROGRESS REPORTS AND PORTFOLIOS
Your child’s teacher is continually assessing your child throughout the year, and you will receive a progress report every term.
If we find that there is a problem with your child’s progress, we will arrange a meeting with you to discuss the concern and find a solution.
At the end of every term you will receive your child’s portfolio with the following:
-progress repor
-workbook or workbooks (only Gr. RR and Gr. R)
-an assortment of the term’s work

You may keep the report, but the portfolio (with its contents) and workbooks MUST be returned to school the following week. The children need their portfolios and workbooks for their new work every term. However, at the end of the year, you may keep your child’s workbooks and portfolio.

DISCIPLINE
Each child in our care has a unique temperament, personality and background. Therefore, every teacher at little Farmyard makes it a priority to get to know and understand each child in her care as an individual. Every situation that a child may encounter, and react to, must be managed according to circumstance and the context into which it falls. We have found that positive reinforcement is a very important educational tool to use.
We also use methods of prevention and distraction, especially with learners younger than 4.

Where there are more serious behavioural problems, we will discuss the issue with the parent at the end of the school day in order to find a solution where the school and the parents can work together to resolve the negative behaviour.

In our older groups we use a 5-star system to motivate positive behaviour. For good behaviour and diligence during learning activities, a star will be rewarded to the children according to merit.
When the requirements above are not met, a star can be forfeited. When a child has 5 stars, he/she will be rewarded with an item from the class treasure chest.
STATIONERY – January 2020
The Cartridge Shop has kindly offered to have the necessary stationery items available for the Farmyard parents.
You are welcome to contact them at 011 954 0637. If you need to have your complete stationery package made ready for you, please place the order by phone before you go to the Cartridge shop. If you misplaced your stationery list, ask for one at the Farmyard office. The Cartridge shop has their own Farmyard stationery list for every class.
Please hand in your child’s package NO LATER THAN 16 January 2020. The colouring books must be age appropriate and must not be an activity book.
FARMYARD T-SHIRTS
We request that all Farmyard learners wear their t-shirts every Thursday. The t-shirts will be handed out on
16 January 2020. As we do not carry stock, each learner will receive one t-shirt for the year. Please wash the t-shirt in cold water and do not iron on the print.
FARMYARD STAFF – 2020
*PURPLE CLASS: Teacher Rietha and assistant Granny
*YELLOW CLASS: Teacher Jeanne and assistant Maureen
*BLUE CLASS: Teacher Elieze and assistants Maggie and Claire
*GREEN CLASS: Teacher Cindy and assistants Sandra and Tina
*ORANGE CLASS: Teacher Malanie and assistants Ursula and Ruth
THE FARMYARD OFFICE
Either Rika or Martie will be available from 6:30 to 13:00, Monday to Friday. There are however, times when banking or purchases for the school need to be done, or workshops and meetings may be attended.
All our teachers are very well trained, experienced and trustworthy. They are more than capable of handling any problem or query you may have. To ensure the smooth running of the school, when either Rika or Martie may be unavailable, Teacher Cindy will be available as afternoon principal. If you ever need to discuss a matter with us, kindly let us know, and we will book a time for you and give you our undivided attention.
GREEN CLASS:
Teacher Cindy, with the help of Sandra and Tina, will be in the green class performing her teaching duties from 7:00 to 12:00 every day. After that, teacher Sandra will take over, with the help of Tina and Lorrainne.

MEDICATION AND SUNSCREEN:
*Kindly apply sunscreen to your child’s face, neck, arms and legs before you bring him/her to school. Never leave the sunscreen in your child’s bag. As we have a busy daily schedule to follow, the sunscreen cannot be applied at school. Thank you for your co-operation in this regard.
Please administer Vitamins at home.
All medication to the office please – never leave medication in your child’s bag. We will only administer medicine if you have given us written instructions. It is your responsibility to ensure that medication does not stay behind at school.
(The medicine administration forms are available in the office)
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND ARRIVAL IN THE MORNINGS:
The learners in the Yellow and Purple classes have a full programme to finish during 2020, and if they are not at school every day, they miss important learning activities.
We ask that you please accompany your child to his/her class every morning and see to it that his/her bag is put away in the assigned pigeonhole.

Then “deliver” Blue, Yellow and Purple class learners to the Purple class if it is before 8:00. Orange and Green class learners go to their own classes from 6:30. Thank you for your co-operation in this regard.
Our school day starts at 7:50. Please be on time.
The teachers and assistants need to give the learners their full attention and unfortunately cannot speak to parents after 7:50. The learners need the morning routine to get into the right frame of mind to concentrate during learning activities.
Therefore, we request that you do not disrupt the sing-a-long session, Bible story time, or lessons in the mornings. These young learners are easily distracted, and it takes time to settle them again.
Martie or Rika will gladly convey any messages you may have for your child’s teacher.
As breakfast cannot be served later than 8:00, please remember to give your child his/her breakfast at home if you find that you are going to be late.

THE FARMYARD MENU
We request that you do not send ANY food, snacks or sweets to school. Little Farmyard has a balanced menu where we provide more than enough food, drinks and snacks during the day. Children also have the option to ask for a second helping, if still hungry.
If your child has a food allergy, a packed lunch box may only be sent once prior arrangement has been made with Rika, Martie or Cindy.
The learners are very active during the afternoon free play time, and it is quite normal for your child to be hungry when you collect him/her late in the day, as it is nearly time for the evening meal.
If your child is at school between 6:30-7:30 in the morning, we do allow a fruit or yoghurt, the Squish yoghurt/fruit puree, or the Purity yoghurt/fruit puree, but nothing else. Please do not send any other food type – no sweets, chips, muffins, biscuits, junk food, sandwiches, baked goods, etc. We have chosen fruit or yoghurt as an early morning snack as it is nutritionally beneficial, and easy to eat. If some learners are allowed to eat what others are not, it creates feelings of unhappiness and favouritism.
FINANCES
You will receive your invoice on the 20th of every month. Kindly take the invoice from your child’s peg board and check your invoice on a monthly basis, as the amount owed may change from month to month because of the following factors:
-enrolment for extra-mural activities
-concert fee (only Gr. R and RR learners)
-penalty fees for late collection of a child
-penalty fees for late payment of school fees (10%)
-afternoon fees for half day learners who go home after 14:00
-increase in school fees, re-registration for 2021, etc.
Fees are payable strictly in advance (on or before the 3rd of each month). Should any parent resign before the end of the month (or before the end of the year), no refunds will be made.
A penalty fee of 10% will be charged when fees are paid later than the said date.
One month’s written notice (on the 1st of the month) is required for termination of enrolment and should this not be adhered to, the full fee for the month will be charged.
A full fee must be paid while the learner is absent or on holiday.
The full monthly fee is payable from JANUARY TO DECEMBER.
Those parents, who resign at the end of the school year (October for November), are still responsible for the full December fee.
The extra-mural activities are excluded from the monthly fee.

School fees will be increased on 1 August 2020 by a possible 8-10%. There was no fee increase in 2019.

Extra-mural and registration fees will be increased annually in January.
We offer 10% discount on the monthly fee if more than one child per family is enrolled. (Discount is not applicable when it comes to extra-mural activities.)
Half-day enrolment is from 6:30 – 14:00. If you need to leave your child later, please arrange with the office, and your account will reflect an afternoon fee of R60 per child per afternoon.
We request that you verify your account details on a monthly basis.

ADDITIONAL COSTS FOR 2020
To enable you to plan for the rest of the year, you may expect the following additional costs during your child’s school year at Farmyard for 2020.
*Concert fee only for Gr R and Gr RR learners. (Information letter in February).
* Photo day (Information letter - February).
*1 August: Annual increase in school fees.
*30 September: Annual registration fee for Jan 2021 – R1540 for all Farmyard learners.

The annual registration fee covers the cost of the following:
-workbooks and educational materials
-educational games and equipment, sandpit toys, paints and other items for art projects
-face cloths, sheets, blankets
-maintenance and/or replacement of the playground equipment

PLEASE NOTE:
*Always leave a clean set of clothes and underwear in your child’s bag, as well as a plastic bag for soiled/wet clothing. EVERYTHING MUST BE CLEARLY MARKED!!!

*We start with potty training once the little ones have settled in. It usually takes about 2 weeks for learners to feel comfortable in their new environment. Potty training will commence for learners from the age of 24 months.

* Remember to send a clearly marked hat, which stays at school. Do not send your child to school without a CLEARLY MARKED bag to put all his/her goodies in!
*Kindly do not allow learners to bring any food, toys, sweets, chewing gum, jewellery etc. to school.

*Please do not send CHEWING GUM, JELLO MOULDS, LOLLIPOPS, BALLOONS, ROUND AND HARD SWEETS OR SHERBET to school in party packs. These items are choking hazards.

*Let the office know if you are going on holiday, or if you are going to keep your child at home because of illness.

*To ensure the safety of our children, NEVER allow your child to use the gate code.

*Please notify us immediately with regards to changes in your personal information e.g. telephone numbers, medical aid etc.

WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME:
Parents, please keep your child at home if he or she has -
*any contagious skin condition or ANY contagious illness
*a fever or had a fever during the night
*a heavy cold or the flu
*a runny tummy
*an eye infection
*a bad, constant cough
* has been vomiting
*a sore throat
*tonsillitis
*head lice or nits
Please inspect your child’s hair regularly, and if you find head lice or nits, DO NOT
bring him/her to school until the situation is resolved. Your pharmacist will be able to
give you the best advice. Head lice or nits is very commonly found in pre-primary and
primary schools, but it must be tended to at home, immediately upon discovery, as it
spreads very easily.
We have to keep the wellbeing of all our children in mind and protect them against contracting an illness as far as possible.
Late collection of children:
If a child is collected after 18:00, an immediate fine of R400 will be charged, PLUS R100 per
5 minutes from 18:05.
Please be on time parents. We also have families and responsibilities at home. Our services are not available before 6:30 in the mornings OR after 18:00 in the evenings.
Kindly ensure that you have a “back-up” adult to fetch your child in case of emergency or traffic issues.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
Little Farmyard will be open during all school holidays except the following:
*We will be closed on all public holidays, and on 15 June and 25 September 2020.
*We will close on Friday 4 December 2020 and open on Wednesday 6 January 2021.
As Farmyard only officially closes during the December holiday, a holiday programme will be followed during the April, July and September/October school breaks.
Little Farmyard business hours: Monday – Friday 6:30 – 18:00.
Parking area:
Please note that the parking area is used at your own risk. Mind your step – this space is on uneven terrain. The owners and staff of Little Farmyard Pre-Primary School will not accept any responsibility or liability for any claim on loss or damage to property, or injury which may occur resulting from the use of the parking area. Do not allow your children, especially the older sibling to run around or play unattended in the parking area while you are attending to the younger sibling. Cars are moving in and out all the time, and this really poses a danger to your child. Please do not leave an unsupervised child in your car. Drive slowly and carefully in the parking area as there may be young learners moving between parked vehicles.
Playground:
Parents/Guardians/Family members are responsible for the children in their care until the moment the child is handed to a staff member in the mornings. When the child is collected from a Farmyard staff member in the afternoons, responsibility for the child is handed over to the parent/guardian/family member.
There are no staff members available to supervise outside after 16:00, as they are busy with the learners inside. Please do not allow your child to run off and play outside unattended while you are talking to a teacher or another parent. The same applies for early in the morning. We cannot allow unattended children on the playground, as an accident can easily happen. For that reason, we do not allow Orange, Green and Blue class learners on the senior playground. The equipment is meant for older learners.
The owners or staff of Little Farmyard Pre-Primary School will not be held responsible for the actions of an unsupervised child on the playground or inside the building while the child is in the parent’s care.