Our group rooms are tailored to the very different needs of children. No group room has the similar set up.
All children have access to the functional rooms:
Dramatic play room;
Science room to research and experiment, develop sensory perception, building and construction blocks; mathematics manipulatives;
Language and Literature room;
Sports and movement room, music;
For playing outdoors we have a spacious garden.
Within the functional rooms there are various learning areas to develop different skills like, mathematics, language, sensory trays, etc. In the sense of self-education of children, we do not want to limit them in their spaces, in their choice of games and materials.
Children are allowed to go on a discovery tour - inside and outside - in our kindergarten, they are allowed to visit their friends in the home groups and can participate in the various activities across the groups, when the time for open work is set up.
Meaningful and clear rules of use of the different rooms and times of use for the individual areas are set up.
These rules serve to ensure the safe, educating and enjoyable time children spend in respective area. The areas are open depending on Educational decision of the teachers.
Home group is a group where children have their two teachers and a group of children of the same age. It’s a group where children are met, observed and led. It’s a group where they are set for a day, they plan their days, taught the rules and learn daily routine.
The children are in a home group during: morning circle, educational activity, lunch and goodbye circle. A preschool group has its preschool work in their home group as well.
Activities across the groups, Clubs
To extend the range of experience and thus the learning opportunities, the children can use all open areas of the house independently during the opening of the kindergarten. To do so, they inform the teacher of their home group and go to the room or activity of their choice. This is transparent to the educational staff at all times, so that it is always possible to know where the individual children are. The children are supervised at all times.
Early shift, transitional time between breakfast and morning circle, free play times, quite time, afternoon snack, clubs, late shift (16:00 to 17:30) are the times when children find activities across the groups.
Early care - 8:30 am till 9:00 am
Core hours - 9:00 am till 4:00 pm
Late Care - 4:00 pm till 5:30 pm
Care is available from 8:30 am until 5:30 pm. However, the main educational part of the day is from 9 am until 4 pm.
It is important that children arrive at 8:45 for morning circle, which starts at 9 am.
At 9:30 we start educational activities in one of the five educational areas, changing daily.
We offer each child a breakfast, a warm lunch, afternoon and evening snack. Tea, water, fruit and vegetables are served throughout the day.
Rest and Quite Period
Rest and quite period is scheduled from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm. This is a period of winding down time and it is recommended that children are not dropped off or picked-up during this period. Pick-up and dropp off before the rest period is possible before 11:00 am.
In the afternoon children also take part in different clubs of their choice like: creative dance, music, little researchers and sport a few to mention.