Nursery schools in English inspired by Finland’s world leading approach to early childhood education
It’s a fact – Finland rates as one of the best education systems in the world. Educators know it, but parents are often surprised to find out. In PISA scores Finland consistently performs better than all European countries (including the UK), and the United States. So they must be doing something right, right?
Kipina ‘s holistic program was designed from scratch to merge play-based learning with structured outcomes that give kids a head start in school life. The curriculum encompasses six core areas that focus on the; emotional, social, cognitive and physical development of each child.
Being a program, children aged 3 and 4 must attend 5 days (or mornings) a week, while babies and toddlers have a more flexible schedule.
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Unless you believe the world is flat, by now you probably already know that there is a lot of scientific evidence that significant brain development occurs during the first three years of life, and what happens in these early years sets trajectories in a child’s development that will last throughout their life.
Exploration, stimulation, guided play and independent enquiry are the key to Kipina’s approach. And we come at it from all sides; cognitive, language, literacy, numeracy, creativity, social skills, and physical development.
We create environments where children are safe and comfortable and our experienced educators adjust the teaching according to the child. There is no “one size fits all” mentality at Kipina.
Kipina nurseries come with full-time qualified nurses onsite every day. You can put children in a padded room to protect against bumps and bruises, but the world is not padded. It’s a fascinating place. There are trees, gardens, rocks, insects, thorns, steps, footballs, tricycles and headless dolls. There are viruses, colds, nits and other annoying things that your child will encounter in life. From time to time your child, or someone else’s child will bite, push or grab hair, when he can’t find the words he needs to express himself.
We encourage parents to be protective but realistic and trust that in a loving, watchful environment, kids don’t have to live in plastic bubbles, and everything will be alright.
Our nurseries are safe, clean, and hygenic. The design concept is soft and sleek similar to Scandinavian models, supporting sustainability and eco-friendly materials, designed to inspire imagination and innovation, without clutter and distractions. We focus on activity based learning, where the children create their toys, rather than play with a pre-made commercial product.
Our nurseries are equipped the latest learning tools, resources and technologies such as interactive digital whiteboards, projectors, child-friendly computers, digital tablets, and audiovisual equipment.
The “Imaginarium” provides children with resources and tools to create, explore, socialize and collaborate. Kipina also has both indoor and outdoor play areas.
We are sugar-free, because sugar is the enemy.
As a working parent, whether you are managing Facebook, or managing the family home, you have enough to worry about. When you entrust your child to Kipina you deserve straight forward, honest and timely communication.
There are no hidden extras at Kipina. Our fees are published. There are no extra hourly rates and no nasty surprise invoices every month.
We may be guilty of over-communicating. You will hear from us regularly. We will send pics of your child. We will send surveys and ask for your feedback, and we will take that feedback seriously. Ask any of our existing parents and we are sure they will tell you that we do listen and we take responsibility.
In every Kipina nursery there are CCTV cameras which you can either view from inside the nursery (in a private room) or from a mobile app.
What language is used in Kipina?
Kipina is an English language nursery. We intend to offer Arabic and French as part of the program. Additional languages will be based on demand.
Will my child be able to transition into K-12?
Kipina provides a structured learning program exposing children to guided education in a fun way. This prepares children for easy entry into any KG school, regardless of the curriculum or program.
Does Kipina teach religion?
No. We feel religious and spiritual guidance is best left to parents. We do however teach kindness, tolerance, and respect for all people, animals, and the environment.
Is there CCTV in Kipina nurseries?
Yes. There are cameras throughout the nursery and these can be accessed online by parents through a secure portal and directly from your mobile phone.
What other safety features are in the nursery?
Kipina takes safety and hygiene very seriously. There is an extensive fire system including (a) smoke detectors (b) automatic sprinklers (c) fire hoses (d) fire extinguishers (e) emergency exits direct from the upper floor.
All floors and paint are non toxic. Furniture is wooden and sturdy (not plastic). Play areas have special rubber surfaces.
Does Kipina provide food?
Kipina provides snacks and water. We also refrigerate and heat food provided by parents.
Will my child watch TV?
Absolutely not. We believe passively watching TV or playing with pre-made plastic toys dulls children. Kipina is all about learning through play, role modeling, active participation, making and creating.
Where do Kipina teachers come from?
Our teachers are all Early Childhood or Primary Education Degree holders and are from all over the world. All of the teachers are trained by Kipina’s Global Academic Director, Cathy McCauley on the Kipina program and how to teach it.
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