The focus for our youngest children is on creating a safe and secure environment for each child while stimulating language, cognitive development, social and emotional development and motor skills.
The teachers use enquiry-based learning to allow the children to discover the world around them. They facilitate learning through play and provide infants and toddlers with opportunities to explore various topics using their senses. In Pre-School the teachers continue with enquiry based learning and encourage the children to take a more active role by asking questions and discovering the answers based upon a broad given theme.
The Early Years curriculum is centred around the needs of each individual child to discover and develop their curiosity. We, therefore, provide a safe and secure environment for each child to explore their world through their senses. There are precise objectives in several areas of learning which will guide the teacher to develop each child’s skills in a caring and holistic manner. Parent teacher conferences are an ideal opportunity to discuss the individual needs of the children, set new objectives and help find continuity between home and school as the children achieve those early childhood milestones.
The Pre-School programme encourages children to fully engage in enquiry-based learning. With this method, children choose topics to learn by asking questions based upon a broad given theme. Teachers then use the children’s questions to guide the direction of the theme and help the children “discover” the answers.
With English and German speaking teachers on the group each day, the children are encouraged to ask questions while they explore and investigate their world. Pre-School children also begin to play with the two languages as they begin to notice similarities and differences in the language sounds. While we use baby sign language in the Early Years, literacy is introduced in Pre-School using a UK based phonics programme.
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Activities and outdoor play
Young children’s brains are like mini sponges, soaking up information and bursting with curiosity! It may be that children already have one or two home languages and coming to Tandem this adds another two! Research suggests that children absorb and filter the languages in order that they do not get an overload. At Tandem we offer opportunities for communication and social interaction in English and German and children will process and produce the languages at their own pace.
Once children are enrolled, the class teacher will contact parents/caregivers close to the start date inviting them to a meeting. At this meeting, along with the child’s routine and habits, a programme for settling will be discussed. As children are individual each settling is different and takes as long as the child needs.
Yes! This includes morning and afternoon snacks, lunch, wipes, nappies and cream. Of course, if parents/caregivers prefer they may bring in their own nappies and baby food. This can be discussed and organized with the class teacher at the settling in meeting.
Tandem is completely closed for 4 weeks during the year, 2 weeks in the Summer and 2 weeks over Christmas and the New Year. There are also 6 additional weeks during school holidays (2 in August, 1 in October, 1 in February, 1 in April and 1 in July). During these 6 weeks we offer holiday care with the regular extended opening hours.
We do not offer Kindergarten in Zollikon, but we do have a school bus that takes children to our Kindergarten in Zurich Seefeld in the morning and brings them back in the evening. There are different bus stops along the lake for convenience.
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