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Our kindergartens...

The kindergarten in Ursynów is located in a new, freestanding building at ul. Transportowców 1, which was specially adapted for children's needs. You can find here spacious and colourful playrooms (with a variety of toys, didactic aids and gymnastic equipment), a cloakrooms and special children's bathrooms with mini WC's. There is also a large (1100 square metres) playground equipped with properly certified toys.

The kindergartens in Ząbki is located in a new, freestanding building at ul. Kwiatowa 5b   which was specially adapted for children's needs. You can find here spacious and colourful playrooms (with a variety of toys, didactic aids and gymnastic equipment), a dining room, a cloakroom and special children's bathrooms with mini WC's. There is also a large playground equipped with properly certified toys.

The kindergarten in Białołęka is located in a new, freestanding building at ul. Chudoby 4, which was specially built  for children's needs. You can find here spacious and colourful playrooms (with a variety of toys, didactic aids and gymnastic equipment), a dining room, a cloakroom and special children's bathrooms with mini WC's. There is also a large playground equipped with properly certified toys.

The profile of the kindergarten

English-Polish Kindergarten OLIVER was founded in 2000 in Ząbki near Warsaw by Dorota and David Smithson - an English-Polish couple - and from the very beginning it has been promoting early learning of the English language among children.

Apart from teaching the language, we are also very careful to prepare children for school education in the best possible way. In our everyday work we use, among other things, author's programmes by Professor Bronisław Rocławski "Glottodydaktyka" (Glottodidactics) and by Professor Ewa Gruszczyk-Kolczynska "Dziecieca matematyka" (Children's maths), which introduce children to the world of sounds, letters and numbers; we also use elements of developing physical activity by Veronica Sherborne, the play pedagogy of "KLANZA", creative thinking, etc.

Moreover, English-Polish Kindergarten OLIVER cares about artistic development of its pupils by shaping their artistic sensitivity, creating conditions for the development of their imagination and fantasy as well as plastic, musical and physical expression. This is reflected in various activities offered by the kindergarten, such as: rhythm, music education and plastic classes, dance classes, theatrical workshops, corrective gymnastics, etc.

Our aim is to bring up children who will be courageous, self-confident and open for changes, as these features will help them enter the adult life. (Several of our pupils have taken part in TV commercials; our children also participate in programmes produced and broadcast by Polskie Radio BIS.)


 

The aims and objectives of kindergarten OLIVER

The main educational and didactic objectives of our kindergarten include:
. taking care of children and their safety ,
. assisting in the individual development of the child, using its natural abilities, shaping child's attitudes in relationships with other people, with the world and life,
. bringing the psychical and physical development of the child to a level enabling it to begin school education,
. assisting parents in taking care of the child and in bringing it up,
. taking into account the individual needs of the child,
. trying to provide equal possibilities for children, strengthening their confidence in themselves and in the possibilities of success,
. creating conditions developing children's independence, taking responsibility for themselves and their closest environment,
. shaping observation skills, helping to understand phenomena which take place in the child's natural, social, cultural and technical environment,
. making children aware of the presence of other cultures and communication forms, developing general knowledge about the world by everyday contact with a language different than their own - i.e. English, arousing cognitive curiosity, encouraging to study things and to express their own thoughts and feelings, developing artistic sensitivity by creating conditions for the development of their imagination and fantasy as well as plastic, musical and physical expression.

Pedagogical staff

The kindergarten employs qualified young educators who completed their MA studies and postgraduate studies (such as speech therapy, re-education, etc.) , who also have licences to conduct classes of Glottodidactics by Professor Bronisław Rocławski, Children's Maths by Professor Ewa Gruszczyk-Kolczynska, speech therapy, or re-education. The headmaster of the kindergarten is mgr Renata Kaliszewska, a pedagogue with many-years experience in working with children, aware of all their needs and preferences. The pedagogical staff support children's mental and physical development as well as their abilities and interests on an everyday basis. The staff respect children's rights and their dignity. The teachers tenderly care for each and every one of their pupils and stay in good relationships with their parents. Parents, on the other hand, have the possibility to meet their child's teacher every day.

How the kindergarten works

The activity of the kindergarten includes taking care of children between 2 and 6 years of age. The groups do not exceed 15-18 children. The kindergarten is open from 7.30 am to 6.30 pm (Ursynów), 6,45 am to 6.00 pm (Białołęka) and in Ząbki from 7am to 6 pm. This is to suit the needs of the majority of working parents, who, with no additional stress, can get to us to take their children.

Home-made meals
Meals are prepared in our place and served five times a day, with no limitations (so-called seconds are popular). The meals are varied so that children with special taste can find something for themselves, too.

1. Breakfast: 9.00-9.30 am.
2. First course: 11.00-11.30 am.
3. Second course: 12.30-1.00 pm.
4. Afternoon snack I: 3.00-3.30 pm.
5. Afternoon snack II: 5.00-6.00 pm.

At the very beginning of our activity we decided to serve second course an hour after the soup, as it is actually impossible for a small child to eat a two-course dinner at a time.

In order to rule out any dangers, we have completely eliminated beef from our pupils' diet. We also offer a special diet for children suffering from any food allergies. Drinks are available for children at all times (also outside the fixed meal-times).

After-dinner rest
This is usually associated with the necessity to go to sleep - but our children can choose between resting, sleeping or playing, which allows them to relax and quiet down in a way which suits their characters best. During this time children can play, look over books or go out to the playground.

English groups
The english groups language classes and activities are conducted throughout the day, alternatively with classes and activities conducted in Polish (for example, plastic and music classes are held in English), moreover activities such as walks, playing in the garden and eating meals are also treated as a chance to learn English.

LANGUAGE CLASSES IN ENGLISH-POLISH KINDERGARTEN "OLIVER"

It is widely known that learning foreign languages should be started as early as possible, because only a child's mind has the largest absorptive abilities, and the speech organ is still very elastic and able to repeat sounds of learned foreign words in a perfect way. Learning takes place then very naturally and, as a result, there is a great chance that the child will become bilingual at a further stage of learning.

In our everyday work with children we use, among other things, programme schedule of publishing houses such as Oxford University Press, Longman, and elements of an English language teaching programme on the level of kindergarten and "0" grade, approved by the Ministry of National Education.

Learning English in our kindergarten takes the form of playing, which stimulates simple utterances and the activation of the child's simulation abilities, with the application of various means and props: theme boards, didactic games, games involving physical activity, picture dictionaries, audio and video means, as well as books by the above-mentioned publishers.

What is important at the early stage of teaching children is the application of exercises based on the method of "reacting with the whole body", rhythm and rhyme, as well as language games. For this reason our children learn songs, verses, riddles and rhythmical texts. It is also important that the children should learn the language using all senses, including touch, taste and smell.

Our English classes also include the communication and drama method, where we create situations imitating those from the real everyday life. Thanks to this children can use English in a natural way, treating it as a communication tool.
For this reason it is very important for our pupils to have everyday contact with people who are native speakers of English, as well as with their peers coming from bilingual families. Contact with such people creates the most natural and credible forms of communication, which makes our children aware of the existence of other cultures and, at the same time, enriches their general knowledge about the world.

THE "ENGLISH" GROUP
(i.e. a group with extended range of teaching English)

In our kindergarten children have the opportunity to learn English in a special "English" group. This is a bilingual group where the didactic and educational process is realised in 50% in the English language and in Polish, in the form of so-called theme blocks.
Therefore learning English in this group is realised both during the already-mentioned didactic activities and free games, as during everyday events such as having meals, playing in the garden or performing hygienic functions. In such situations children are provoked to use the already known words and expressions in a spontaneous way, at the same time being mobilised to learn new vocabulary.

kontakt: tel: 602 770 179; email: info@oliver.com.pl

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