• School Tours

    Chartwell School: Every Tuesday at 9am and Fourways School: Every Thursday at 9am

    Great News!

    From 2017 our Fourways school will be going on to a Full day. Our aftercare is now called Stay & Play and we run a full afternoon programme with quality care ending at 5:30.

  • Developing each child through an integrated program that addresses their physical, emotional, social, cognitive and spiritual development

    • Curriculum

      Implementing a rich and appropriate curriculum, consistent with Biblical principles.

    • Children are a gift from God

      We strive to walk as partners with families, by helping each child to grow to his or her individual full potential, in an environment surrounded by love and respect.

    • 2nd generation school

    • In operation for over 30 years

    • Numerous Head Boys and Head Girls from our school

    • Many of our children have become highly successful at a young age

    • Our children have become highly qualified professionals making a difference in the workplace

    • We have Moms returning as Grannies

    • We keep in contact with all our families around the world

    • We make friends for life

    • Our families become friends and we stay in contact forever

  • We have been educating children for over thirty years.

    Land of Oz Nursery School and Playgroup was founded in Fourways in 1987 as a small playgroup for boys and girls ages 18 months to 3 years. In 1994 it expanded to a Nursery School, for children aged between 12 months and 5 years. There is a strong Christian ethos which has encouraged a warm, happy and safe environment for both parents and children. Land of Oz became members of ISASA in 1997.

    In 2007, a second branch was opened in Broadacres, providing the community with another dynamic environment for learning. The Broadacres school moved to larger premises in Chartwell at the end of 2013 as it outgrew the available facilities in Broadacres. The Chartwell school also offers classes for children between the ages of 12 month to 5 years.


    • Learning & Fun

      We believe in education through fun and creative play.

    • Extra Murals

      Gymnastics, Ballet, Pottery, Playball and more!

    • Service to Parents

      We offer parent training and growth workshops

    • Children Safety

      All our teachers and assistants are trained in First Aid

  • Meet Our Principal

    With education and experience in early childhood development
    • Maureen Irving

      Maureen Irving


      “When someone asks why someone would ever become a teacher, remind them why it’s worth it.  Every job has its ups and downs, but not every job can change a life”

      It is indeed a pleasure for me to introduce myself and the Land of Oz Schools.  It is such a privilege to lead a team of professionals who with God’s help see working in our schools as a vocation and ministry and not merely a job.  I so enjoy the laughter and fun we share as we work together with commitment, dedication and responsibility to the benefit of the children.  Land of Oz is a loving, caring and affirming environment in which each individual is respected and valued both the big people and the little people.

      I have always wanted to be a teacher, and always had an interest in how young children learn and felt that I could offer a quality product that would meet the needs of my own young children as well as those of others. I believe God gave me an incredible gift to not only love my children but to naturally love other people’s children too, so the need to establish and run a Christian Nursery School.  It is something I will always be passionate about. 

      We genuinely care about the children, they are a special gift from God and are the most important people in our school.  We love them, nurture them, believe in them, and educate them towards independence and a strong sense of self.  We work together as a family in the education of the children, we engage our parents, we have an open-door policy.  We walk this path together. Our teachers are well trained and qualified to deal with every need of the children.  They share my passion and are engaging and loving.   We run an exciting play based programme, where children can develop their perceptual motor skills, which lays the foundation for all formal learning to happen.

      I have been happily married to my wonderful husband Tim for more than 30 years and we have two beautiful adult children who are both married. Our daughter Genna is an Occupational Therapist and our son Brett is a doctor. Tim was instrumental in starting HeronBridge College in 2001 and is currently the Executive Head of the College.  Together we share a vision and passion for impacting children and families in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg.

      I firmly believe …

      A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops

      — Henry Brooks Adams


  • Meet Our Staff

    • You know your child is happy at school when they ask to go on the weekend. Land of Oz is home away from home. It’s such a special place where parents can be assured that their children are being loved, nurtured, considered and educated in the most caring and passionate way.

    • Land of Oz has been such a happy and fun time for both of our boys (and their parents!) , it is kind, nurturing and totally organised. I believe it gave them the best possible grounding in their early school years and I am sure they will both speak fondly of their nursery school for years to come!

    • I was a parent at LOZ for 6 years. During that time, I had the reassurance of knowing that my children were being loved, nurtured and age-appropriately educated by qualified, caring and loving teachers. It was a privilege for my children to be able to attend a Christian Nursery School, where they were shown God’s love, and how to live by Christian principles. LOZ has given my children a solid foundation in their educational career, and for that I am so grateful!

    • We have been at LOZ for 3 years and it’s been the best decision myself and my husband made about our girls education. The entire staff compliment from Colin at security to Maureen our Headmistress are filled with love, care and passion for both the families and children that attend the school, making it a secure and happy learning environment. Our girls have absolutely flourished in their care and I am confident that when they attend “big school” they will be suitably ready both mentally and emotionally.

    • We will be forever grateful for the wonderful way that Land Of Oz helped start our 4 children’s schooling. It’s not about the facilities or the curriculum or the structure – though those are all excellent – it’s knowing how deeply loved our children are by the passionate, committed and excellent staff.

  • Extra Murals

    What we offer
  • Chartwell

    • Monday – Gymnastics
    • Tuesday – Pottery
    • Wednesday – Ballet
    • Thursday – Playball
  • Fourways

    • Tuesday – Ballet & Pottery
    • Thursday – Funball
    • Friday – Catrobatz
  • School Tours

    Chartwell: Tuesdays at 9am and Fourways: Thursdays at 9am