What we offer

Fifty children attend our Kindergarten and are divided into three groups according to their age.

Fun
and Games

Cultural
awareness

Story
Time

Garden
& Sport Activities


Learning

Excursions

Art
& Fun

Music
lessons

Additional Programms


Ballet Classes

Ballet classes are offered in Kindergarten in the afternoon. A trained English ballet teacher gives classes in the afternoon.

Pre-Judo Lessons

In these lessons, fun, general physical training and fall training are the main focus. The children get to experience a playful approach to this ancient martial art.

Creative-Studio

Creative design with creative trainer Franziska Steinbacher. This manual work promotes the development of important mental qualities such as dedication, care, precision and responsibility!

Summer Camp

To support the families during the summer holidays we offer a summer camp, which commences in July when the school holidays begin, until the first week of August.

Our Seniors

The Preschool Programme

The Senior-Programm
Our pre-school programme covers three areas: physical, social and cognitive competencies. The physical programme consists of ice skating, self and body awareness, body balance, observing rules and building self-confidence. A complete pre-school mathematics teaching programme is also offered. The physics experiments in which the children participate with enthusiasm are also very popular. We also discuss the development of the human body according to age. The pre-school programme also includes creativity, dealing with criticism as well as emotions and feelings of guilt. Particularly in the last year of kindergarten, the children are encouraged by the carers to talk a lot every day in order to expand their vocabulary and expressions.

A Day at EPG

The daily routine in kindergarten plays a major role in learning English.

Daily Routine

The kindergarten opens for our early birds, at 7.30.
Free play continues until 9.15, In this important phase children discover their world and others who accompany them in it. It is a time for them to have their own experiences and a time for us to get to know and guide them. During this time the children may play wherever, and with whom they wish, and the carers role is to support this time of enriched learning. The developments of their self- fantasy, their motor and physical skills as well as their cognitive development all take place during this time.
The Morning Programme
Around 9 o’clock the chimes are rung downstairs, which is the signal that it is time to tidy up. The children then meet in their home rooms. The Juniors are divided into the “Blueberries” and the “Strawberries.” The pre-school children are the “Seniors”.
Snack Time
Snack time is an important social time, where the children come together in their home room groups to eat, drink and enjoy talking to each other. We have many rituals ranging from the snack train, greeting the staff and singing a “Thank you song.”During this time the children are served by the staff in order to maximize the English input. Towards the end of the year we have open snack time; where the children have the opportunity to decide when they go to snack, and with whom. Snack time is provided by the Kindergarten and comprises of bread and butter, fruit and vegetables, and tea, milk or water to drink.
Lunch
Lunch is delivered every day and consists of a varied, child-orientated offer, which is mainly made up of organic products.
Lesson Time
Each group consists of about 15 children and is supervised by 2 teachers (native speakers). The children are offered different activities that develop their motor and language skills and train their dexterity. By reading books aloud and doing role plays, the children are immersed in a fantasy world.
Cleaning Teeth
Naturally after snack time the children are helped to clean their teeth. AVOS visits the Play Group twice a year to carry out their programme of dental hygiene and prevention and a healthy life style.
Circle Time
Once a day all the children come together to sing English songs in "Circle Time". This time is important because the children learn the English language very easily and unconsciously through singing and rhythmic speaking.
Garden & Free Play Time
The garden and free play time takes place either in the group rooms or, weather permitting, in our large garden.
Afternoon Care
Afternoon care starts after lunch at 13.30. The younger children start with a rest period of about 45 minutes. The older kids are allowed to keep quiet during this time. Afterwards, we usually go out into the garden or the gym in order to offer the children as much exercise as possible. At about 16.00 we offer an afternoon snack.
Kindergarten Alumni
Kids who have already completed Kindergarten have the opportunity to attend an English lesson once a week to further improve their English skills.
 

“Joyfully learning English in our Kindergarten enhances future language acquisition, widens horizons, cultural awareness and tolerance“.

Ione Steinhäusler​

Principal

 
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