Weavers’ Nest is Highbury’s co-educational pre-primary school. Your child is at the centre of everything we do and, through our pre-school programme, we want to inspire your child with a love of learning and give them a solid foundation for the years ahead. Dedicated teachers encourage a passion for discovery through play, in a nurturing environment for young girls and boys.

Our Mission Statement

A big heart for little people

Our Core Values

Christian morals and values
Respect for self, others and family
Acceptance of others
Respect for the environment

About Us

“Childhood is beautiful. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, our image of the child is rich in potential, strong, powerful, competent and, most of all connected to all who share his or her space. We understand that children learn through exploring their world together, discovering and exchanging ideas. Our child-centred approach prizes play-based and project-based learning, embracing their ‘one hundred languages’ to express their understanding, thoughts and creativity. Our goal is that all who enter our gates discover joy, adventure and a love of learning and emerge as socially capable, creative citizens, well-positioned to fly high.”

- Mrs Belinda Willows, Headmistress

“The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experience.”

- Loris Malaguzzi, founder of Reggio Emilia

Our Teachers

Weavers’ Nest has six highly qualified, experienced and dedicated teachers, who fully understand the developmental norms of young children as well as how to care for their emotional needs. Teacher assistants and student interns work alongside teachers guiding the children through their daily routines. A full time nursing sister is available on the Highbury estate.
Mrs Belinda Willows

Our Headmistress

Mrs Merle Viljoen

Purple Group Teacher

0000 (2, turning 3)

Mrs Michaela Naidoo

Orange Group Teacher

0000 (2, turning 3)

Mrs Andy Bentley

Blue Group Teacher

000 (3, turning 4)

Mrs Hayley Clark

Orange Group Teacher

000 (3, turning 4)

Mrs Dee Dahl

Green Group Teacher

00 (4, turning 5)

Mrs Kirsty Wren

Red Group Teacher and HOD Early Childhood Development

00 (4, turning 5)

Ms Tholakele Khumalo

Teacher Assistant

Ms Angel Zungula

Teacher Assistant

Mrs Lucia Mdima

Teacher Assistant

Ms Adelaide Xulu

Teacher Assistant

Mrs Dea Smith

Aftercare Manager

Ms Pamela Mabhida

Aftercare Assistant

Learning Through Play

Our girls and boys wear casual clothes - from Spiderman to Tinkerbell - and spend happy, busy mornings at school. The school day begins at 08h00 (drop off from 07h15) and ends at 12h00.

We Offer:
  • Fantasy Play – dress-up days and domestic play, fantasy themes and baker day.
  • Creative activities – painting, woodwork and play dough.
  • Sensopathic Play – water troughs, sandpit and clay modelling.
  • Indoor Perceptual Motor Movement Room – ensuring the appropriate kinetic development for your child.
  • Large/fine muscle activities – from climbing apparatus to puzzles and threading.
  • Movement – music, drama and dance, musical instruments.
  • Language development – storytelling, rhymes and poems.
  • Perceptual skills – construction toys and sensory games.
  • Outdoor play – a large garden, jungle gyms and swings.

Fees and Extras

Registration Fee

R600 is payable on application.

Acceptance Fee

R2,400 per child is payable in advance and must accompany the official acceptance form.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for 2021 at Weavers’ Nest are R 48,100 per annum for Grade 0000 to 00.
Monthly fee if paid over 11 months: R 4,373.
Annual Fee if paid in full before 31 January 2021: R 46,176.


We offer an optional extra-mural ball skill programme, ballet, tennis and swimming.


At Weaver's Nest, we have a beautiful big dedicated Aftercare 'Home away from Home' that is open daily from 12h00 until 16h30. Children spend a happy afternoon under the nurturing care of our Aftercare Manager, Mrs Dea Smith, and Aftercare Assistant, Ms Pamela Mabhida. Aftercare is an additional cost that is charged on an hourly basis.

Would you like to learn more?

Email marketing@hps.co.za to request the latest Weavers’ Nest General Information for Parents document

Get in Touch


Weavers’ Nest is situated within the secure Highbury estate on Highbury Road, Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Highbury Reception: 031 765 9800
Weavers’ Nest Reception: 031 765 9834
Email: marketing@hps.co.za