Victoria Cerise Active Learning School
Victoria Cerise Kindergarten is an English-speaking & French-speaking kindergarten for children between the ages of 2,5 and 6. The new school will continue the unique pedagogical approach already in place in our existing nursery and transition class.
Our mission: Help children LOVE, LIVE and LEARN, feeling comfortable with their bodies and emotions, and grow confident in a secure environment.
Why choose Victoria Cerise Kindergarten ?
The ethos of our kindergarten is that from the age of two and a half years old, the children will learn following a positive approach, putting the head, the heart and the body in the center of all our teaching. We strongly believe that a child with a healthy body capable of putting it into movement, and a happy heart is a child ready to learn. We will encourage an enjoyment of learning in your child to enable him or her to develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.
Our kindergarten will provide a full immersion in English and in French. Our mornings will be dedicated to the academic learning following the British curriculum based on the Early Years Foundation Stage. The mornings will be delivered by English teachers.
Our afternoons will be dedicated to developing our bodies and emotions: physical activities, art and crafts, music, dance, brain-gym, yoga, relaxation, psychomotricity, drama.
Victoria’s Kindergarten is able to offer both a high quality learning program and a full immersion in English and in French, stimulating your child’s head, heart and body, in a safe and caring environment.
A school where children Live, Love & Learn !
Victoria’s Kindergarten Curriculum
Early childhood is the most important stage of life in terms of a child’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social development and well-being. A high proportion of learning takes place from birth to age six. It is a time when a child particularly needs high quality care and learning experiences as it will prepare them for their future development
The aim of Victoria’s Kindergarten is to provide a high quality educational structure to support your child’s development. This will create a foundation for the child’s early development and a sound basis for lifelong learning.
Our whole approach is based on active learning, the basis of which is a belief that the child is free to be and that his or her development is a natural process that should not be forced. Your child, from a very young age, will be discovering and learning with the teacher acting as a guide to reach their maximum potential. This teacher will be sensitive to the needs of every child, non-judgmental, and caring. They will teach them that trying, experiencing and sometimes getting it wrong is part of the learning process. They will recognize the interests and experiences children bring from home, and use these to motivate the child. Your child is the starting point and the center of our teaching. Every child is different and unique and needs individual attention, which is why we look at all of his/her different aspects: physical, emotional, intellectual and social.
Active learning is one of the three characteristics of learning highlighted in the revised Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. The other two are playing and exploring & creating and thinking critically. Children will engage differently in these three characteristics:
- Active learning: children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements.
- Playing and exploring: Children investigate and experience things, they “have a go”!
- Creating and thinking critically: children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things.
Active learning means children will benefit from hands-on independent play in an environment that offers differential play and challenge with adults who know how to stimulate children’s senses, bodies and ways of thinking. We believe fun is essential in learning. All our teachers will follow our positive approach by encouraging, stimulating and challenging the children.
During the course of the day, children have very active periods (need to explore), periods of concentration (time for learning), and times of tiredness (need for quiet and rest). In response to this, we have developed a daily program to accommodate these varying needs: our mornings will be dedicated to the academic learning and the development of the seven goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage and afternoons will be dedicated to developing the body and the emotions.
The foundation stage curriculum is organised into 7 areas of learning :
- Communication and language
- Personal, social and emotional development.
- Physical development
- Understanding the world
- Expressing arts and design
These areas of learning provide a framework for the early years curriculum. Our qualified teachers will plan the learning environment with different activities and experiences following these goals.
At Victoria’s Kindergarten we follow a daily routine. Young children have little sense of time so it is essential to give them points of reference throughout the day. Every day is introduced by a little ritual: children gather together on the carpet. The children become familiar with the routine and the activities that accompany them. This way, the children soon learn the routine of the day and the order of the daily activities.
Progress and Parent communication
Parents are welcome into school every morning between 8 and 9 am to drop off their children. It is also the occasion to have a quick chat with the teacher if you need it. Every Friday you child will bring home his “school life book”. Throughout the week teachers will fill in a book for your child with pictures and comments on their progress. Twice a year – in December and in June – you will receive a full report concerning your child’s progress in our school. These reports will be followed by a parent and teacher meeting to discuss your child’s progress.
Children will go out to play daily three times a day in the garden (except when very cold and rainy weather).
Learning Outside the School
We believe that children can learn as much in the school as outside the school. Our playground can be transformed in an amazing learning area: gardening and planting in science, running and ball games in gymnastics, jumping in puddles, etc. During the year, we will take day trips to the various parks we are lucky to have around the school. We will take many opportunities to discover the local area.
It is essential to respect the biological rhythm of the child. Therefore if after lunchtime, your child demonstrates signs of tiredness, we will offer to put him/her to bed so he or she can rest. It is not mandatory to nap, but some children need it and most children need a quiet moment after lunch. Soft music can be played, stories can be read, a relaxation moment/yoga session guided by the teacher can be organized.
Meals and Snacks for “Healthy Eating”
At Victoria’s Kindergarten we want to encourage children to follow a “healthy diet”. A well balanced diet will help the development of a healthy growing body, mind and immune system. Children have a morning snack around 10 am and an afternoon snack around 2 pm, it should be a fruit (or dried fruit) and water. At lunch time children will receive a warm fresh soup (made by our staff daily) and a dairy product or a fruit. Children have to bring their own packed lunch. For the children attending garderie, they should be provided with a piece of fruit and a bottle of water or milk.
From time to time we will arrange for independent workshops to be held in the school in subject areas such as music, dance, theatre, art or any kind of physical therapy.
On Wednesdays and Saturdays we provide different after school activities : psychomotricity, english classes, ballet, cooking and music. We also offer stages during the school holidays.
- School doors open at 8.00 am. Garderie closes at 6.00 pm.
- A school day begins at 9 am and finishes at 3.30 (mornings end at 12 am).
Pupils are admitted at Victoria’s Kindergarten
- in the term that they are 2,5 years old for entry in our pre-kindergarten class.
- an application form should be completed and submitted, and the school invoices parents according to the Victoria schedule of fees. Payment of the invoice allows a place to be reserved for a specific entry date.
Punctuality and Absence
School days begin at 9 am and we believe it is important for your child to be present when the day begins. It sets him/her in a routine. Parents are asked to inform the school office by 9.15 am if a child is absent for any reason.
A Garderie service is available in school every day from 3.30 till 6.00 pm and on Wednesday’s from 12 till 6.00 pm. Parents are asked to inform the school office by 9.15 if their child is going to garderie.
We encourage your children to come to school wearing comfortable clothes that can get dirty.We ask all children to bring in a spare change of clothes and indoor shoes.
|School Calendar 2018-2019|
|First day of school: Monday 03 September 2018|
|Parent’s Reunion: Friday 07 September 2018|
|Progress Feedback: 1st Parent’s Meeting: Friday 14 December 2018|
|2nd Parent’s Meeting: Friday 14 June 2019|
|Saint Nicolas: Thursday 06 December 2018|
|First Parent’s Conference: Friday 07 December 2018|
|Second Parent’s Conference: Friday 07 June 2019|
|Pedagogical Conference (school closed): Friday 30 November 2018 + Monday 25 March 2019|
|Autumn Break: Monday 29 October – Friday 02 November 2018|
|Christmas Holiday: Monday 24 December 2018 – Friday 04 January 2019|
|Carnival Holiday: Monday 04 March – Friday 08 March 2019|
|Easter Holiday: Monday 08 April – Friday 19 April 2019|
|Holiday Fun Clubs (stages)|
|Halloween: Monday 29 October – Friday 02 November 2018|
|Carnival: Monday 04 March Friday 08 March|
|Easter Week (1): Monday 08 April – Friday 12 April 2019|
|Week (2): Monday 15 April – Friday 19 April 2019|
|Summer School: Week (1): Monday 01 July – Friday 05 July 2019|
|Week (2): Monday 08 July – Friday 12 July 2019|
|Week (3): Monday 15 July – Friday 19 July 2019|
|All Saints Day: Thursday 01 November 2018|
|Easter Monday: Monday 22 April 20019|
|Labour Day: Wednesday 01 May 2019|
|Ascension: Thursday 30 + Friday 31 May 2019|
|Pentecost: Monday 10 June 2019|
|Winter Break: Monday 24 December 2018 – Friday 04 January 2019|
|Summer Break: Monday 22 July – Friday 30 August 2019|
|Parties and Events|
|Morning Coffee (1 st day of School): Monday 03 September 2018|
|Halloween Party: Friday 26 October 2018|
|Christmas Party: Friday 21 December 2018|
|Carnival Party: Friday 01 March 2019|
|Easter Party: Friday 05 April 2019|
|Summer Party: Friday 24 May 2019|
2020-2021 (We are open for admission all year long)
|Options||Fees for year 2019-2020|
|Basic offer (Full day from 9 am till 3.30 pm)
Excluding all the Victoria Cerise pre-school additional costs such as School meal, After day care, Holidays fun club,
Extracurricular activities, Summer school)
|Annual fee : 12.200 Euros
Monthly fee : 1.120 Euros
(From Sept to June)
|All in offer (Full day from 8 am till 6.00 pm)
Including all the Victoria Cerise pre-school additional costs such as School meal, After day care, Holidays fun club,
Extracurricular activities, Summer school)
|Annual fee : 14.880 Euros
Monthly fee : 1.240 Euros
(From Sept to August)
|Discount upon admission of a second child||15%|
|After Day Care||6 Euros / hour|
|Extracurricular activities||12,50 Euros / hour|
|Registration Fee||375 Euros|
School address for Woluwe :
General access : Compost de quartier Itterbeek – 78, Avenue Prekelinden 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
Supplier access : 345, Avenue Georges Henri 345 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
School Address for Evere :
General access : 140, Avenue Jules Bordet 1140 Evere
Contact person :
Mrs Eleonore Crohin (French section)
Mrs Juliana Brandao (English section)
E-mail : School@victoriacerise.com
Phone number : 02/736 17 31 or 0488 / 970 162