Inclusive Community
Exclusive Education

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Mina Lopato celebrates diversity, curiosity, and kindness with deep South African roots and a Jewish soul.

Mina Lopato Nursery School has proudly served the communities in and around Greenside since 1961. Founded on Jewish values, we continue to create an environment that feels like home but also encourages children to seek out a greater understanding of the world beyond. We believe true education goes beyond academics to embrace all kinds of learning--and all kinds of learners.

Academics Are only one aspect of child development

At Mina Lopato, we create and seek out learning opportunities that allow children to positively engage, experience, and contribute to the world.

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 Love is the essential ingredient in the Mina Lopato approach.

We integrate learning into every aspect and into every corner of our school. Sometimes we bring the lesson to the children, and sometimes the children bring the lesson to us or to each other. Seizing these moments is just another way Mina Lopato sets itself apart from other independent nursery schools.
— Leanne Upiter Beer, Principal

Jewish Principles

Our inclusive Jewish programme welcomes children from every religious background to develop along their own spiritual path.

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South African Values

Our children are taught about respect, love and appreciation for all people irrespective of race, religion, culture or orientation.


A Family of Families

Our diverse community is full of enthusiastic, involved parents who want the best for their children and the world they will inherit.

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Dedicated Educators

Our experienced teachers and specialists recognize and encourage all kinds of learning, both in the classroom and at home.

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Peace of Mind

Safety of our children is our first priority, from the security of our facilities to the maintenance of our gardens and grounds.

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Experienced Leadership

Lead by a highly-qualified principal and a decorated board of parents, we uphold rigorous standards of care and education.

What our parents say…

What an absolute joy it is to see your child thriving, thanks to a school with exceptional teachers and leadership, that offers children, and their families, such a uniquely nurturing, inclusive and forward-thinking environment. We feel privileged to have these foundation years within the loving walls of Mina Lopato.
— Mark & Terri G
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It's not often you find an open-minded nursery school that also opens minds.

Now that you've found it, you need to see it for yourself.

Walk our gardens. Peek into our active classrooms. Meet our principal. Share our enthusiasm.