Local pre-school gives parents a break

Afternoon activity classes for children

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 25.02.2011 10:35:08 (updated on 25.02.2011) Reading time: 2 minutes

Local pre-school Purple Turtle started afternoon activity classes for children aged 18 months to 6 years this week.

The afternoon classes run every Wednesday afternoon in Dolní Měcholupy. The classes will focus on one theme each week such as craft, singing and dancing, sport or drama.

The school is expecting to start running daily classes soon.
The school in Dubeč opened in September last year and is open 8am to 6pm daily, offering both part and full day options.
Owner of the school and mother of two, Katie Schoultz, said the schools hope to give parents an opportunity to have some free time a few hours a day.

“If parents need to go to work, to the shops or even for a bit of pampering, they can drop their kids off to school with the confidence that they are in safe hands”, she said.

“Purple Turtle is a fun place for kids to be, but it´s not just a kids club. There is a strong educational focus and children are exposed to all areas of learning and development”, she said.

The school curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stages (EYFS), a set of themes and principles developed and implemented by the last UK government for children in the 18 months to 5 years age group.

“It´s designed to ensure childcare providers implement programmes focused on each child´s education, welfare and development individually, with a view to getting all children up to a certain level of literacy and numeracy by the time they enter mainstream education.”

Ms Schoultz added “It´s holisitic and goal-orientated and seeks to achieve something more than just playing with toys.”

The schools have fully qualified and experienced teachers and teach in both Czech and English languages.

One of the teachers, Kathryn Hume-Čvančarová is a native English speaker from Australia.

“The children at our schools are the perfect age to start learning a second language, because they are taking in everything around them”, Ms Hume-Čvančarová said.

“It is important for them to be culturally aware, and while they are developing or improving their ability to speak Czech, they effortlessly develop their English as well. It´s much easier for children to learn a new language than it is for adults”, she said.

Enrolments for both schools are currently open.
For further information, please contact Purple Turtle Director, Dana Vachatová on 734436630.

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