DAPP Kindergarten was started as part of the community development activities in the DAPP Child Aid project in the 1990s.
The kindergarten was established in a simple hut in a safe environment at the DAPP Centre at Onambelela. It has provided young children an opportunity to learn through play, games, stories, and guidance from their “pre-school teachers” for many years. It has served as a good initial training ground for those entering grade1 at DAPP Private School.
It has adopted the POF program, Preschool Children of the Future, which encourages the children to use both their heads, hands, their full body and get lots of practical experiences during their preschool years. About 60 - 75 children divided into two groups make daily use of the kindergarten. The kindergarten has also served as an inspiration for many newly established community preschools/kindergartens around the Omusati regions as a training ground for preschool teachers, now called Educarers.
The kindergarten is further implementing activities that are fun, engaging, and educative both indoor in the classroom and outdoor with an understanding that children of these ages learn best through play. Headlines such as: Use your brain, use your body, and use your hands to divide daily activities that let the children explore the exciting world around us. Teachers guide the children with a lot of positive encouragement. The kindergarten consists of 3 classrooms, a big outdoor space with a playground all based in a safe environment.
84 children learned through play in 2018!