Welcome to Kiaat Ridge Pre-Primary School 

A Leading Preschool situated between Nelspruit and White River

Where excellence, creativity and values are nurtured

Founded in 2006 as The Playpen, Kiaat Ridge Pre-Primary School is situated between Nelspruit and White River for children aged 1 to 6 years. Our pre school is a place where they can enjoy a friendly, happy and nurturing environment that allows them to explore their creativity, while each day they learn something new. We make every day spent at Kiaat Ridge Pre-Primary School a day in which your child learns new things through new experiences in a way that inspires them while also capturing their interest.


“A preschool with our focus on your child’s growth”


Our Core Values

Children First


With everything we do, the children come first.

Collaborative Partnership


We develop relationships and work closely with parents and other associates.

Culture of Excellence

Culture of

We always aim for excellence in what we do.

Kiaat Ridge Pre Primary - Professional conduct - giraffe


We are professionals and we hold high standards, while treating everyone with dignity and respect.

Importance of Community

of Community

We work closely with the community and bring that sense of unity into our school.

We take great pleasure, and experience plenty of joy in helping parents find the right early education for their children. At their most precious developmental age, being taught and nurtured in the right schooling environment can make the biggest difference in a child’s life and in their education later on. Our school is a safe haven, a place where children can be comfortable, and where education and having fun are both a priority.

As we are based on the R40 towards Nelspruit, right next to Kiaat Hospital, we welcome parents who are looking for a great preschool between Nelspruit and White River. Our preschool is perfect for parents working in Nelspruit and that live in White River and vice versa(parents looking for creches in Nelspruit) and who are looking for a conveniently situated preschool on their way to work. 

Time spent at any preschool with great teachers should be stimulating, exciting and refreshing for a child, as much as it should be time spent educating so that every child has the best possible start once they get to primary school. Creating this foundation is our aim.

“Children Focused Approach”

Unlike other preschools, we understand that children need
individual attention as much as they need group activities in order for
them to develop the various skills that they will need in life.

We encourage our students to be curious, to be innovative,
to be independent and to develop a lifelong love for learning.

Kiaat Ridge Pre-Primary School – Information at your fingertips

On this website, you will find the most convenient and easy to use platform on which to keep up to date with the happenings at our preschool, such as upcoming events, new services and all of the latest news. This website is a fantastic resource for the parents of prospective students as well as for the parents of our current students.

Our Philosophy

Read more about our teachers

Each day, we teach our students based on our child-centered, child-focused philosophy. When we are taking care of the young minds in our care, we believe that every part of a child’s personality should be nurtured and taken care of.

As a part of our philosophy, we know that each child under our care is unique and needs to be treated as the unique individuals that they are. We do our best to nurture this uniqueness and the gifts that come with being unique. We believe that it is the materials, the methods and our unique curriculum that makes a difference in a child’s life. We care about each child in our school and the lessons we teach and the knowledge we pass on, are from the heart.

Give your child the edge – Enroll Today

“There was a child went forth one day,
And the first object he look’d upon, that object he became.
And that object became part of him for the day
Or a certain part of the day,
Or for many years or stretching cycles of years.”

Walt Whitman
“Autumn Rivulets”
In Leaves of Grass


Here is what the parents have to say:

  • “The school has friendly staff. When we drop my son of in the morning and fetch him in the afternoon, my son is happy. His happiness is ours. Thank you teachers and staff.”

  • “When I first brought my child to school, she was shy. Now she has gained confidence and she is doing / knows many things e.g. counting, shapes, speech etc.”

  • “We are really satisfied with how the school looks now. It is very child friendly and welcoming. Thanks to new management.”

    Friendly and Welcoming
  • “I am satisfied, there are lots of positive developments.”

  • “I realize the passion and commitment of the new ownership. Have already seen the difference and am satisfied.”

    Passion and Commitment
  • “My child is always happy and eager to learn and he is always excited to go to school.”

    Happy and Eager

Kiaat Ridge pre-primary is one of the best pre-schools in Nelspruit and surrounds

Every parent wants to know that his or her child is being educated and looked after properly at school. At Kiaat Ridge pre-primary we ensure that the individual needs of every child are taken care of. Guardians can send their children to us knowing that they will receive child focused development at a renowned kindergarten.

A happy toddler is the result of an excellent pre-school in Nelspruit :

Kiaat Ridge pre-primary is one of the best creches in Nelspruit. We have qualified and experienced teachers who have a passion for seeing children grow their physical and mental abilities. Here they have a safe learning environment that encourages young minds to explore and be creative.


three children on a playground at a pre school in Nelspruit


Characteristics of a happy child:

  • Creativity and willingness to learn

A happy child sees the value of working hard and dedication. They are open-minded and willing to explore. It is important to encourage kids to see mistakes as an opportunity to learn. At pre-schools in Nelspruit it is clear that children who are truly happy are usually the ones who have the biggest imaginations.

  • Well behaved

Unhappy children are more likely to become rebellious. When certain values such as respect and responsibility are taught to them from an early age, it will be evident in their behavior. They will be reasonable and polite. This makes them teachable and easy to work with as they don’t inconvenience teachers or classmates at creches.

  • Healthy

A happy child is a healthy child. The more negative emotions people experience, the more prone they are to developing poor health conditions. Feelings of joy can be regarded as immune boosters and therefore it is important to keep spirits high. Good health aids development and makes it easier for children to concentrate and learn new skills. Health is very important at nursery schools because it has an impact on the child’s progress. The children at also come into close contact with each other, which means that germs spread rapidly.

  • Confidence and social skills

People start developing social skills as soon as we start interacting with others. This means that pre-school is a fundamental contributor to a child’s communication abilities and self-confidence. Kindergarten is also a fantastic place to learn how to make new friends. To ensure that toddlers are joyous, you have to build up their confidence. Congratulate them on their achievements and let them know that you believe in them.


kids on a playground at creches in nelspruit kiaatridge


As one of the top pre-schools in Nelspruit, we have core values that we pass on to our learners.

The sooner a child learns to differentiate between right and wrong, the easier it will be to maintain these characteristics throughout his or her life.


  • Commitment to goals

Perseverance is key to success. Teachers have to cultivate a culture of determination among children. Something which makes hard work worthwhile for children, is the sense of pride they experience when they’ve completed a task and a teacher or parent praises them for it. It is important for toddlers to learn how to motivate themselves and be self-disciplined from an early age.

  • Respect and Dignity

Not only is it important to respect oneself, but also those around you. At creches the personnel have to treat every pre-schooler and co-worker with respect. This will set an example for the infants. Adults can expect the little ones to mimic their behaviour, therefore you to think carefully about what you say and do in front of them. Popular expressions used in this regard, include the golden rule: “Treat others how you want to be treated.”


  • Generosity and Unity

This principle can be summed up as “the gift of giving”. Everyone, especially children, enjoy receiving things like gifts, attention etc. However, generosity is a good quality which can easily be learned in pre-school. Sharing toys and playing with a large circle of friends, are two examples of unity and generosity in kindergartens.

If you are in search of pre-schools in Nelspruit, contact Kiaat Ridge pre-primary today. When you send your child to a nursery school, you are giving him or her a platform which is essential to their current and future development.