Admission to the Florentinum – British Nursery & Preschool is open to all children of the appropriate age, regardless of their race, nationality, religion or first language. Everyone who could benefit from the education offered and for whom the school can provide suitable environment may attend. Interested parents should complete the on-line application form or/and contact the Admissions Office.
Our grade level placement begins with the student’s age as of the first day of school. For example a student who is 2 years old on the first day of school would be placed with Group 1. However, we also consider the previous grade level of the child and other factors. When children arrive, our teachers will carefully observe them during the first month at school. Based the teachers’ observations, and in consultation with you, we will determine the pupil’s final grade placement.
The re-enrolment period for parents who wish their children to continue takes place throughout the summer holidays (July-August). Families who wish to re-enroll for the following year may either sign the new contract with the school before they go on the summer holidays or make their decision later (however, not later than August 31.)
Families may send an adult representative to pick up the contract but the signed document must be returned by the close of day on the last day of the Re-Enrollment period, otherwise the place may be given to another child.
How do you prepare my child for school?
We will prepare a child for school through activities, like classes with specialist teachers, outdoor activities lead by our Sports Coordinator, free play like sand and water play, not to mention Music, Art, Design and Technology. We promote reading through storytelling and listening to stories as well as looking at books and discussing pictures. The children are exposed to numbers and mathematical concepts like geometrical shapes and develop the big and small muscles that will help them write. We provide them with a safe and familiar adult from whom they can find comfort, security and knowledge.
What can you tell me about my child’s daily routine?
All children are assigned a ‘personal tutor’ who will monitor each child’s learning and development and will keep you informed about your child’s day, including any activities or experiences they may have had during the day. With younger children and babies, any information about their routines, such as nap times, meals and nappy changes will be discussed with you.
Do the children go out for trips?
We do sometimes take the children to nearby places such as museums, the park or similar places they have shown an interest in going to and we find field trips help the children’s ability to learn. Our outings are well-planned ahead of time and we will always advise you of any trips prior to the event. We have a policy that regulates what could and what could not be done during a field trip.
Are you open for holidays?
We are open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. We are closed on Christmas and New Year.
My child has an allergy — how do you ensure they do not become exposed?
When a child is registered with Florentinum Nursery and Preschool, all allergies much be included on the admission form. At that time, notes of all symptoms, required treatment and potential allergens will be identified and included in your child’s notes. Where necessary, the children will be given a diet tailored to their needs.
Who can I speak to if I have any questions regarding my child’s care and I don’t want to talk to the nurse?
You can contact Ms. Klara Grunsberg, our Nursery Manager, or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to deal with your enquiry.
When should I submit my application?
As we are open all year long, we have a rolling admissions policy. However, the optimum time to apply is during the month of June for each upcoming school year in order to avoid disappointment as demand for places is high and the capacity of our preschool is not unlimited.
How do I apply?
Please start by visiting our web page and filling in our registration form. You may also send an email to email@example.com and order the school brochure or make an appointment.
Do you have a learning support department?
Our Director of Studies constantly liaisons with the teachers collecting information on the child’s learning progress. If a child needs extra help, a meeting with parents will be organised and extra lessons will be offered.
Children with moderate learning and/or emotional/social difficulties may be admitted after the Committee Meeting and only if the Committee decide that the school is able to provide sufficient teaching support to the child. Each case is considered on an individual basis.
Does my child need to speak English to join?
No. Although our school teaches in English, we have possibilities to offer extra help with the curriculum to those of our kids who struggle with the language. Czech and Russian teachers are available upon request for afternoon lessons, and our regular study programme includes a strong EAL (English as an Additional Language) component, which allows every pupil master the language skills at a natural pace.
We also recommend that any child coming to the school without a good level of English takes part in our Summer School courses to get a head start.
What languages are offered?
We primarily teach in English, so English is our communication language and all members of staff use English not only during the lessons but also for the daily routines. Learning Czech is understandably our second priority. In addition to English and Czech, Russian is also on offer. Generally speaking, as members of the international community of Prague, we are able to offer almost any additional language to those who need it, and we are open to our clients’ suggestions.
What are class sizes?
We aim to keep class sizes small to aid personalised learning and use teaching assistants as well as teachers to support children. Our maximum class size is 15 pupils.
What school activities are there?
At Preschool Florentinum we have a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and we pride ourselves in creating opportunities for students to follow their passion. If a child wishes to partake in a particular activity we will do our best to make that happen. Please follow this link to access to the extra-curricular activities page.
Do you have a PTA?
Yes, our PTA is an enthusiastic and active body of parents who help organize school parties and functions. Our Family Centre is also partly run by the PTA members and helps us to keep the school moving forward and spread the word around.
What about snacks and lunch?
All children have a snack at 09 am and lunch at 12 pm. Children who stay later, have a second meal in the afternoon. Lunches may be brought by parents and stored in the fridge in our kitchen or bought. Although they are not included in the school fees, the daily price is quite affordable and the quality of the food is great. Hot meals are delivered to the premises from the Florentinum’s canteen and comply with parents’ needs for halal | kosher | hypoallergenic food – upon request.
Is there a uniform?
Since we start teaching very small children, there is no uniform for children, but we have a mild dress code which recommends wearing comfortable and inexpensive clothes and prohibits wearing jewellery and heels. All children should change their shoes prior to entering the clean zone.
Do they have to sit an entrance test?
Children between 6 months and 4 years old are admitted without any tests. Pupils applying for Groups 2 and 3 (between 4 and 6 years old) do not sit tests, but usually meet the Director of Studies.
Do you have a summer programme?
Yes, our new summer camp programme will be starting in July 2014 with a packed schedule of language learning, sports, drama, field trips and more. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the calendar and prices.
Should I live the child for the whole day or does your school have flexible hours?
We do have flexible hours. To begin with, you may only bring your child for several hours a week and pay the hourly rate. Then, we have a part-time option (full-day three days a week or half-day every day) and, finally, a full-time option (8 am – 6 pm every working day). We are fine with either option, however, having said that, we always recommend that parents choose a systematic approach to their child’s education since sporadic lessons will inevitably impede the child’s academic progress and social skills.
Does citizenship matter?
No, a citizen of any country may be admitted to our school provided that all the necessary paperwork is available and relevant medical information can be collected.