Our Classes

The playschool takes children from 15 months to 6 years old , so that they only need to go to one school before starting formal education at a ‘big school’.

The children are placed into one of the 7 classes according to age group.
Shayleen Rudd

Rainbow Group (15 months – 2.5 years)
taught by Shayleen Rudd

Yellow Group (2 years – 3 years)
taught by Robyn Thorpe-Fairall

Red Group (3 – 4 years)
taught by Tamsin Johnson. 
Roxanne Gorven

Orange Group (3 – 4 years)
taught by Roxanne Gorven.

Green Group (4 – 5 years)
taught by Catherine Wolter.

Green Group (4 – 5 years)
taught by Ilana Liebenberg
Grade R (5 – 6 years)
taught by Caitlin Sharp.

Our classes are arranged into age by colour


15 months - 2.5 years


2 - 3 years


3 - 4 years


3 - 4 years


4 - 5 years


4 - 5 years

Grade R

5 - 6 years

Attendance options

There is the option of sending a child 2 days, 3 days or 5 days per week.
The school terms generally follow the private and the government school terms.


Our aims and values underpin our curriculum. At Bright Buttons, children and their education matter most. To quote Nelson Mandela “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”. We strive for each child to be the best they can be. The Bright Buttons curriculum was developed by Educational Psychologist Ingrid Green to encompass all aspects of child development. Based on developing the whole child, the curriculum seeks to develop the child spiritually, emotionally, physically, intellectually and socially.

The curriculum is a 3 year curriculum starting with children as young as 15 months old. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics and concepts, which are different and exciting for the children to learn. Some of the themes taught recently were: My body, Insects, Forest Animals, Knights and Castles, United States of America etc. Our school has Christian teachers who provide the the children with Bible lessons, stories, songs and moral instruction.

Much of the learning takes place through music, movement (kinesthetic learning), sensory and related concrete objects, which is the way children up to the age of 6 years primarily learn. This is reinforced with library books to take home, arts and crafts and baking all related to the theme and concept being taught that week. Significant time and money has been invested in toys, puzzles and library books so the each class can be equipped with the toys, puzzles and books related to the theme and concept the child is learning.

The programme includes fine-motor skills (drawing, painting, threading, cutting, pegging, etc.) and gross motor activities (balancing, climbing, rolling and outdoor play, etc.), language development (songs and rhymes, poems, etc.), auditory skills development (activity songs, story books, story CDs, etc.), imaginative play (role playing, dress-up, etc.), creative skills (arts and crafts), puzzles (which help with learning to read etc.), sensory development (sand and water play, etc.). We also like learning to occur outdoors (rare these days).

Art and Music

There are songs and rhymes related to each theme which the children learn for that term. We have nearly 200 children’s CDs. A love of music, singing and dancing is encouraged at Bright Buttons which allows children to express themselves as individuals. The children are introduced to a variety of different musical instruments and get to play them frequently. They are also introduced to a variety of different genres of music from classical to jazz to pop. Dance and movement are encouraged to allow for expression of oneself.

Music plays a very important role in a child’s life. It develops the brain and the abilities associated with it. It is advantageous for developing skills in children and also teaching them

“Music is food for the soul”, Arthur Schopenhauer .

Specialist Therapists

To meet the needs of every child in our school, we have a Speech Therapist and an Occupational Therapist available at the school to assess children who may need extra help. If the teachers feel that this is necessary it is done after consultation and in collaboration with the child’s parents.

Fine-motor skills

Drawing, painting, threading, cutting, pegging, etc.

Gross Motor Activities

Balancing, climbing, rolling and outdoor play.

Auditory Skills

Activity songs, story books, story CDs, etc.


Helps with learning to read, etc.

What Our Parents are Saying

Bright Buttons was a gift for our girls

"We sent both our girls to Bright Buttons because we knew they would receive something that went far beyond teaching and playing. Under the guidance of Ingrid Green, the developer of Bright Buttons, our girls were inspired to learn more about themselves, and the world around them. They embraced a love for learning in an environment designed to foster their emotional, social, physical and cognitive development. Simply put….Bright Buttons was a gift for our girls."

A school with a passion

A school with a passion for teaching young minds in a nurturing and safe environment. I love the vast supply of educational toys, books and puzzles at the children’s fingertips.

It has been an amazing chapter in our lives

Izzy has grown from strength to strength at Bright Buttons. She has loved her time in Green Group. Thank you for all your love, care and most of all your passion. It has been an amazing chapter in our lives being at Bright Buttons. We will cherish our memories.

We can’t commend highly enough

When my husband and I were looking for a preschool, we wanted our children's first experience to be in a loving, caring and homely environment, where they receive professional care and feel safe. We found all these qualities at Bright Buttons. We can’t commend highly enough the team of teachers and assistants. They treat the children as if they were their own. There is so much thought that goes into the daily activities and both our children have blossomed in their time at Bright Buttons. I have been so impressed with what they have learnt and what they are capable of at such a young age. Thank you Bright Buttons team!
Hayley and Damon

Bright Buttons helped my anxious little girl blossom

Bright Buttons helped my anxious little girl blossom, launched her into the very exciting and fun world of learning through play, and ensured she always felt happy, loved and looked after! We loved being part of the Bright Buttons family and will always feel so grateful for the exceptional care and attention which was put into every single day. Our little girl took on Gr R with confidence and that little extra Bright Buttons polish!

I could leave my son everyday with peace of mind

Our son spent three wonderful years at Bright Buttons. Ingrid, a psychologist, principal and teacher, along with her love for children, her passion for education and her team of teachers and assistants, makes Bright Buttons the special and unique place that it is. The children always come first and their psychological and physical welfare is always paramount. I could leave my son every day with peace of mind, knowing that he was utterly safe and loved. My son absolutely loved learning through play. Every theme is carefully planned and so much effort is put into creating wonderful learning moments. My son learned more about the world around him in one year at Bright Buttons than what he learned in three years at primary school. He developed an appreciation for music, poetry and languages and retains a love of books and reading from his rich and nurturing start to school life.

Our children developed a love for learning

We spent a very happy 5 years at this lovely, nurturing little school. Our children were so well cared for and loved by Ingrid and her wonderful teachers, and really enjoyed their days at Bright Buttons. They developed a love for learning and we were always amazed at what they had learnt. When they started in Gr R, we felt that they were so well prepared. We miss not being at Bright Buttons these days, but have lots of special memories of our time there.
Hayley and Dave


Every child is seen as unique

The dedicated staff provide the highest level of opportunities through their creative and interactive lessons as well as the extensive resources that are available. Every child is seen as unique and the children are genuinely loved. My little boy loves his days at Bright Buttons and I am most grateful to be a part of this family.


The school readiness is unrivalled

When we were looking for schools for our son in 2013, we visited 9 different ones.
Bright Buttons stood out for us, not because of the 4 year olds happily doing 100 piece puzzles or the Grade RR’s being able to read, but because whilst we were being shown around Ingrid had one child on her hip and another holding her hand tagging along. There was such genuine love and affection which was the most important thing for us as parents of a toddler.
The school readiness is unrivaled in our opinion and we see the benefits of it with our children currently in Junior Primary.
We spent 6 happy years at Bright Buttons and can’t sing this school's praises enough.
Alex and Cyndy Gordon


Schedule a tour at Bright Buttons Today!

We would be delighted to take you on a tour of Bright Buttons. You may set up an appointment to come see the school/tour by phoning 031 765 2532 or emailing info@brightbuttons.co.za. Our secretary will assist you with setting up a tour of the school. Alternatively, you can do an online application so that you get into the system as the waiting list is based on a first come, first served basis. We will then contact you by phone or email to arrange a visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I send my child part-time?

Yes! Your child can come part-time, either 2 days or 3 days a week.

Does my child need to be potty trained to attend Bright Buttons?

No. We follow the child and when the child is ready, and together with the parents we will potty-train the child.

Are all your classes small?

Yes we believe in giving children individual attention and that is not possible with big class sizes of 18 to 20 kids so we restrict it between 10 – 14 kids per class, depending on the age group. . We can do so much more with each child when the classes are small and they love all the attention.

Do you offer aftercare until 5pm?

Yes, we do offer aftercare until 5pm.

Are the Aftercare fees included in the school fees?

No, aftercare fees are not included in the school fees.

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(031) 765 2532

7 Leinster Place, Gillitts, 3625

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