From the outset, our Reddam House Early Learning School is influenced by the unique Reggio Emilia approach, recognising and celebrating each child’s innate abilities and gifts. We regard children as competent and capable, and respect childhood as a time to explore, create and be joyful whilst learning. Our Early Learning School environment and teachers also support the Reggio Emilia philosophy. We believe that we are ‘doing it differently’. The children are welcomed into each room personally by the educators who support each child in the transition between home and school. The door into the Early Learning School is the ‘hinge’ between the two most important worlds in your child’s life.  The rooms are calm, beautiful and organised. Each space is carefully resourced with natural objects matched with palettes of paint or jars of crayons with the intention of inspiring each child to explore colour, shape and pattern. Construction areas have the beginning of a building to extend and motivate children into their own buildings and imaginative play. In each corner of each room there is a spark of interest waiting for a child to take this forward and direct their own learning and answer their own questions. We inspire the children to have confidence and imagination towards how they will proceed with their activities, to become creative and critical thinkers who can learn independently. This is what we believe is the most important part of the education we provide at the Early Learning School. Please do come and visit us, taking part in an individual tour so that we can demonstrate to you how all of our children are learning and enjoying their experiences in our school.

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Reddam House Umhlanga Early Learning School provides a stimulating and exciting environment in which to learn. Our teachers are nurturing and empathetic and ensure we cater to each child’s needs, providing support and guidance in all the areas of learning. Our aim is to provide a sound foundation on which a child can build and become all that they can be. We encourage our children to be thoughtful, respectful, passionate and creative in all that they do. Our magnificent campus and facilities encourage our children to explore, investigate, create and build on their learning in a secure and happy space.
Our curriculum continues to unfold around the children’s interests and priority is given to ensuring we help each child celebrate their uniqueness.

We welcome applications for children aged 1 to 6 years.

Paula Algar, Early Learning School Headmistress


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Reddam House schools pride themselves on applying the unique Reggio Emilia educational approach to early learning education. This teaching philosophy, first developed in post-war Italy, focuses on recognising and celebrating each individual young child’s innate abilities and gifts.

Children are regarded as competent and capable in their own right and the philosophy respects childhood as a time to explore, create and be joyful. This philosophy along with other recognised teaching methods form a rich and dynamic foundation for early learning.

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Teachers are skilled observers who determine individual needs and build on existing gifts and talents. The approaches are balanced and giving, without undue academic pressure. The methodology encourages a feeling of belonging and instils innate confidence in children. Their learning environment is made to feel safe, welcoming and authentic.

Work in progress is displayed in the classrooms, thereby keeping the memory of the work vivid and alive. The Early Learning School environment supports the Reggio Emilia philosophy.


The ELS School at Reddam House Umhlanga offers an extensive programme for the children to choose from after school. We strive to offer a board spectrum in order to ensure our children reach their full potential.

Extra-curricular offerings include: ballet, dance, karate, soccer, taste buddies.