In More Detail

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.

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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.

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We teach respect, responsibility, integrity, self-discipline and compassion because children do not come pre-wired with a sense of justice, fairness and balance. This enables children to grow into thinking, caring and ethical young people, with a deep sense of connection to themselves and others.

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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.

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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 preschool there are CCTV cameras which you can either view from inside the preschool (in a private room) or from a mobile app.

 

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What language is used in Kipina?

Kipina is an English language preschool. We also offer local languages as part of the program and include additional languages 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 an easy entry into any KG school, regardless of the curriculum or program.

 Where does Kipinas license come from?

Kipina preschools are fully licensed by the relevant authorities in each country.

Where can I get a copy of your policies and procedures?

They are available from the Preschool Manager. A copy is on the front desk of Kipina and will be emailed to you following registration and payment of the term’s tuition.

 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 preschool and these can be accessed online by parents through a secure portal and directly from your mobile phone or in a parent viewing room.

 What other safety features are in the preschool?

Kipina takes safety and hygiene very seriously. There is an extensive fire system including (a) smoke detectors (b) fire extinguishers (c) emergency exits direct from the upper floor. Some of our preschools also have fire sprinkler systems.

All floors and paint are non toxic. Furniture is wooden and sturdy (not plastic). Play areas have special rubber surfaces.

There are safety latches on all gates.

How often do you conduct fire drills in the preschool?

We conduct fire drills every term at each of our Kipina’s.

 Does Kipina provide food?

Kipina provides healthy 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 experienced and are degree holders from all over the world. All of the teachers are trained by Kipina’s Global Academic Director, Jeannine Laubner, on the Kipina program and how to teach it.