Playschool turns 20

Founder and teacher at Jackie's Playschool, Jacqueline van der Westhuizen.


Jackie’s playschool in Orchards, which is an integral part of the local community and the development of its children is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Founded by Jacqueline van der Westhuizen 1997. Following the birth of her first child, she began opening her doors to other families and their young children who have come to see her school as a space for learning and growth. She said, “I began the play school in Saxonwold, and welcomed a few kids. Then, when I moved to Orchards, I started building and building.”

The continued success and growth around the playschool is built on Van der Westhuizen’s love for children. “I’ve always wanted to care and teach young children since I was in high school. I’m so passionate about this.”

She added that being there for some of the children’s progression has been the most rewarding aspect of the playschool. “To watch them grow and reach their milestones is one of the greatest things to see,” she said.

The school has become an important link between home and the first day of school, which she says has been the hardest part of the entire job. She said, “It’s so hard to watch them go; I get so attached.”

The playschool has become a place for art, playball, pottery, music, movement and computers through an extremely structured day filled with stories and singing throughout the entire day. The school additionally offers speech therapy for children.

In terms of the future, she said she would want the entire playschool to grow, hopefully to the point where she can open another branch and serve more children.

Details: 082 959 1454.

Read: All smiles at King David

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By Andrei van Wyk

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