Recently opened at the beginning of 2017, the Gateway Early Childhood Development Centre comes under the umbrella of the Infants Department and is part of the Gateway Schools Community. It is a converted house which gives it a homely atmosphere, set in a spacious garden with plenty of room to play on a variety of playground equipment and enjoy the outdoors in our beautiful Zimbabwean weather.
There are two classes at the ECD, each with approximately 16 children. ‘Genesis’, for the 3 to 4 year olds, where the children begin their journey into education in a caring and creative environment and ‘Exodus’, for the 4 to 5 year olds, where they are prepared for their adventure into more formal education at primary school. In each class a qualified, experienced teacher and a teacher’s assistant lead the children into discovery and exploration of the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. The children also take advantage of the well- established amenities at the Primary School where they have swimming lessons in the summer terms as well as ICT lessons from a Specialist ICT teacher on a weekly basis.
While the core curriculum is ZIMSEC based, it is enhanced by a Biblical perspective and the children are encouraged daily to experience the love of God for themselves. They are taught Bible stories and verses, sing choruses and songs of praise and pray regularly.
The children’s progress is monitored closely so that individual needs can be met and there is an open door policy because we believe communicating with parents is essential. In addition to this, there are two Open Days held in the year so that parents may come and look at their child’s work and discuss it with the teacher.
Each child is a uniquely created image bearer of God and we strive to introduce them to their heavenly Father right from the beginning of their experience at Gateway.
“Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.”Proverbs 22: 6