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About Kids at work

"I wish my child is happy!", every parent would say.

We live in a society where people are increasingly busy, having various activities and careers demanding more energy and concentration. Therefore, raising a child becomes a real challenge. Due to very limited time, the education and happiness of children depends more and more on the quality of kindergartens’ personnel or the care of the baby sitter.

The first 6 years of life are essential for shaping up the personality of an individual and for his or hers happiness and well being as an adult. Thus, selecting the right person  to take care of someone’s child  becomes a very important decision, as well as very difficult. Being aware of this period´ importance for the future of children Kids at work is committed to educate and develop children in a harmonious and healthy environment. 

“We seek commitment and excellency in our employees" every employer would say.

From a different perspective, companies are continuously confronted with distracted employees due to personal problems and demotivated, high absenteeism in the work place etc. Attracting high performing people, retaining and engaging them is nowadays a strategic objective for high achieving companies. Kids at work aims to bring a solution to these challenges by providing Corporate Child Care services for the employers based in Romania.

Although new in Romania, the concept of Corporate Child Care is well known and very popular worldwide.

In partnership with Kids at work, companies can now support their employees that become parents through childcare and education programmes for children up to 6 years old at the work place. Thus, the employees can focus exclusively on their career, knowing their children are taken care of and raised in a healthy and balanced environment, in the proximity.  

Moreover, for the parents unable to benefit from childcare programmes as part of their employment agreement, Kids at work has opened a Montessori nursery-kindergarten with extended opening hours of childcare and education at the highest level.

We are committed to providing high quality education. Therefore, we have completely embraced Maria Montessori’s philosophy, from our personnel that has international Montessori training to our location with an environment fully compling with the Montessori principles.

Educational Offer

Educational Offer

"Help me do it myself" – M. Montessori

The Kids at work kindergarten promotes learning through hands-on activities. The Montessori curriculum, as well as the complementary and optional activities, is designed to provide consistency and to support learning through experience, child autonomy and development at their personal pace and in their own style, through auto-motivation.

Kids at work provides:

  • kindergarten personnel with international Montessori training (AMI)

  • educational assistants trained in and experienced with the Montessori method

  • original teaching materials and visual aids that are specific to the Montessori method

  • a Montessori compliant environment

  • bilingual teaching: one teacher will only speak to children in English, while the other will only speak to them in Romanian

  • educational activities based on the national Montessori curriculum

  • periodical physical examinations, permanent medical assisstance;

  • vocational evaluation for children over 5 years of age and professional counseling for parents regarding the parent-child relationship

  • half-yearly child evaluation reports and individual discussions with parents based on the report content;

  • Healthy food and balanced meniu provided from Cornelia Marin; 

  • complementary activities to support a complete education for life: health education (sports and nutrition), care for nature, care for animals, grace and courtesy, etc.;

  • integrated package of optionals: Learn with music (in English), Baby Gym, Art & Crafts;

  • extracurricular activities (for children between 3 and 6): IKEDOO experiential learning, dance, emotional intelligence development, arts, German language, trips to the theater, zoo, excursions etc.

  • parent dedicated workshops for: implementing the Montessori method at home, Montessori activities and materials for home use, parent-child relationship etc. 

The Montessori Method

The Montessori Method

Born in 1870, Maria Montessori distinguished as the first medical practitioner female in Italy, working closely with children and having a strong interest in their learning behaviour and development. In 1907 Montessori founded the first educational institution based on experiential learning, Casa dei Bambini in Rome.  In 1911 the concept became very popular in USA. Gradually Montessori education expanded its territorial reach on all continents and scientific reach,  evolving in a human development model.

The  basic principle  of Montessori method is that by interacting with the environment and through empirical findings, the children are developing their personality and gaining knowledge. Another fundamental component of Montessori education is nurturing child's intrinsic desire to learn, characteristic to children aged below 6.
Dr. Montessori observed that children experience sensitive periods as they grow. In early childhood, the children learn through sensory-motor activities, working with materials that  develop their cognitive powers through direct experience: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, and movement. All these elements are used part of the Montessori curriculum to provide the prerequisites for life.

Montessori education is applied in several institutions in Europe, some of the famous Montessori alumni being Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Amazon.com's dounder, Jeff Bezos, Literature Nobel prize winner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the Hall of  Fame tennis player, Roger Federer.

 

Environment - Montessori classroom

Learning materials are displayed on accessible shelves, stimulating  independence  but also a sense of order for the work and play areas. Everything is placed to exude harmony in a safe environment where the young students discover the joy of learning.

The Montessori classroom brakes the typical mouldings, being structured on zones, delineated by miniature furniture. Every zone contains materials specific to the skills to be acquired: everyday life, arts, music, math, language, science etc.

The Mont​essori teacher

Montessori teacher is focusing his or hers efforts to address the whole  development of a child: his physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth, having the role to activate the child's confidence and take out the self learner.

The teacher is not meant to provide information for rote learning, rather orchestrating  the learning process to lead the child on his own to the "eureka" moment.

 

The Montessori child

The Montessori child is individual, this method being based on the premise that the infants have different approaches to learning. The child has the freedom to choose the desired activity and the time spent.
The Montessori child belongs to a caring community, having mixed age groups, typically spanning 3 years, is meant to empower the older ones to become mentors for the younger ones. The Montessori child is encouraged to think analytically, collaborate, but also act on his own, to become confident, motivated and self-learner.

The Montessori materials

The Montessori materials are real life objects, meant to be used in specific ways, in order to translate abstract concept in a concrete form, easy to understand by the young ones.
Actually the entire Montessori curriculum follows a clear structure, the materials being presented in a hierarchical way but also displaying certain connections.
Every material from a Montessori classroom is addressing a single concept. Moreover, the materials are designed to make the errors self evident, when a part doesn't fit or is skipped, the child will notice on his own the discrepancy. Therefore the contribution of an adult is not needed, and the child is stimulated to solve the challenges independently, developing confidence, analytic  analytical thinking and in the same time discovering the satisfaction of its own successes

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