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It’s springtime and Summerhill Nursery in Midrand is turning over a new leaf. The nursery school, which has held a sterling academic reputation for 26 years, has begun construction for new classrooms. This will include a fully equipped toddler centre, grade 000 and 00 classrooms, multipurpose and remedial centre, nursery library and an interactive outdoor classroom. Summerhill Nursery is expanding, extending and upgrading! The principal of Summerhill Nursery, Mrs Sonya Toet, said, “Phase One of the new facilities are scheduled to be complete by December. We will also be offering a Lego aligned STEAM programme for children as young as two years old, at no additional cost, in keeping with the technological demands for the future together with our TSSA affiliated teaching styles in and out the classroom.” The library will be stocked with books that are relevant to the needs of young South Africans. Children will be allowed to borrow books in various South African languages as part of Summerhill’s plan to increase children’s love for literacy. Children can also watch educational theme related videos on a large screen TV that has already been purchased for the library. The remedial centre will offer a quiet and calm space for children to receive extra lessons, speech therapy and occupational therapy, as well as any other support, from various therapists who currently visit the school weekly. Toet said, “Many children have had a very difficult year and might face challenges being reintegrated into the school environment. Our remedial centre will offer them the opportunity to feel safe and get the help they need.”