Memories of an anxious new parent

Posted on November 13 2012 by FHPPS in Parenting

In December 2011 we moved from Gardens in Cape Town to Simon’s Town. This meant we had to change so many things, including schools for our two daughters aged three and six.

Being digital types, we started our search on the Internet in July. We battled to find much information on pre-schools in the Fish Hoek area. Thankfully we found the Fish Hoek Pre-primary website, a great resource filled with useful information including the school ethos, class and teacher information, fees and contact details.

After browsing the site, we called and spoke to Jane, the school secretary. She was calm, helpful and efficient – traits that we still enjoy about her more than a year later! Jane sent us all the admission information and helped us navigate our way through the application process. What a great help! She kept in touch via email, our preferred channel, and let us know as soon as there was a confirmed place for Lucy. What a relief!

We visited with Lucy on the Open Day in October and could immediately see that she would be happy in the large outdoor space and the loving, kind environment. The sandpit, bike track and jungle gym car have indeed become Lucy’s favourite places to play. She also loves to paint, sing and bake – all done regularly during her school day in the Rainbow class.

Lucy’s class (2-3 year olds) has their own outside play area. Next year she will move up to the Penguin group and join in with the older children (up to Grade R) in the even bigger garden. She is excited to play on the new boat, the huge jungle gym, the bike track and dance to the happy music in the mornings.

Lucy stays for aftercare most days and enjoys eating lunch with her friends, taking a nap and then playing until I can pick her up.

We are so grateful to Paula, Jane, Molly, Mastoera, Whitney, Ingrid and all of the super team at the school. They have helped Lucy to feel at home and her parents feel very happy that they took the plunge and moved to the deep South. We are very grateful to be part of the family at Fish Hoek Pre-primary.