Blue Bird Inclusive Preschool

Our Blue Bird Inclusive Preschool is a small private school designed specifically for preschooler with Autism. It offers a highly specialised educational environment, where children benefit from over 12 hours per week of intervention based on the principles of behaviour analysis and a positive teaching approach, based on the individual needs of each child.

Children enrolled in the programme will learn through a combination of individual and small group intervention sessions, which focus on improving skills such as communication, socialisation, play, daily living, motor skills, cognitive development and independence, while respecting each child’s wishes and limitations.

Blue Bird is for children with autism aged 2.5 to 6 years. Each child will attend three full mornings each week in a bilingual French-English environment.

Our multi-disciplinary team works with families to set meaningful goals, which we teach in a systematic, fun and flexible way.

Our team has a deep understanding of autism and the behavioural techniques available to maximise each child’s progress.

For more information, get in touch with us by téléphone or email.

A school where difference is celebrated!

-Our pedagogy-

Life skills such as listening, communicating, sharing, interacting with others, independence and opportunities to experience a variety of activities are all part of our daily curriculum. We believe that children with autism learn best through play and interaction with their physical and social environment. By responding to children’s interests, needs and explorations, we are able to support each child’s learning and creativity.

-Our school programme-

The pre-school programme refers to the range of interactions, experiences, routines and events (planned and unplanned) that occur in the pre-school – all designed to support the learning and development of each child according to their level of autism.

Our preschool program is inspired by Australia’s first National Early Learning Framework (EYLF) and the English National Framework (EYFS).

The EYLF includes five domains of learning outcomes designed to guide and capture the learning and development of preschool children. The five domains are as follows:

– Children have a strong sense of identity
– Children are connected to and contribute to their world
– Children have a strong sense of well-being
– Children are confident and engaged learners
– Children are effective communicators.

The 7 different areas of learning and development in the EYFS are:

– Communication and language development.
– Physical development.
– Personal, social and emotional development. 
– Literacy development. 
– Mathematics. 
– Understanding the world around us
– Expressive arts and design.

We also use the educational tools TEACH, SON-RISE and SPELL to support the children and their autism in the gentlest way possible.

Practical information

-A day in our school-

Routine is the key to success.
The team works with each child to find out more about their individual abilities, strengths and learning styles. We offer families the opportunity to participate from time to time in the development of their child’s individual learning in collaboration with the team.

A typical day consists of the following:

8.30 – 9.00: Arrival at the school
9.00 – 9.15: Morning ritual
9.15-9.45: Group activity
9.45 – 10.15: Individual activity
10.15-11.00: Snack and free play time
11.00 – 11.45: Sensory activity
11.45 – 12.00: Lunch routine
12.00 – 12.30: Lunch
12.30-13.00: post lunch routine and free activity
13.00: end of the day

We have developed a sequence of images of the daily routine of each class so that families and children can understand and learn about our daily learning and play routine in the nursery school.

Families can talk about the pictures with their child. Teachers use the pictures every day in the pre-school to help children understand what is happening and when in the routine.

Staff try to keep the routine predictable so that children can begin to develop independence and follow the routine with confidence. The routine may change occasionally to accommodate extreme weather conditions or special events.

-Monitoring progress and communicating with parents-

Parents are welcome in the school every morning between eight-thirty and nine o’clock when they drop their child off. This is an opportunity to meet and discuss with the team if necessary.  Every Thursday, your child will bring his/her “school book” home so that you can follow what is happening in class. During the week the teacher fills it in with photos and comments on the children’s progress.

At the end of each month, a more in-depth evaluation will be available for parents.

Twice a year – in December and June – you will receive a full report on your child’s progress. These reports will be followed by a parent meeting to discuss your child’s progress.

-Nap/Rest-

It is essential to respect the biological rhythm of each child. Therefore, if your child shows signs of fatigue, we suggest that he/she lies down for a short nap. This is not compulsory, but some children need it and most children need a quiet time at other times. A “calm zone” with a sensory box is available at all times if the child feels the need to be alone and quiet.

-Meals for healthy eating-

We encourage children to eat a healthy diet. A balanced diet helps the body, mind and immune system to develop properly. The children eat a snack around 10.15 am. This will be a fruit or dairy product. Children should bring a picnic and a bottle of water for lunch.

-Workshops-

From time to time we organise workshops in different areas such as music, dance, drama, art and physical development. Parents are usually invited to attend these workshops.

-Opening hours-

Doors open at 8.30 a.m. School starts at 9.00 a.m. and finishes at 3.30 p.m. (mornings finish at 12.30 p.m.). Our school will remain open until 13.00.

-Admission-

Children are admitted to our school as soon as they are 2.5 years old.
A registration form must be completed and returned so that the school can invoice the appropriate amount. Payment of the invoice confirms your child’s registration.
An in-depth form on your child’s diagnosis and special needs. A face-to-face meeting is required before your child can be enrolled in our school.

-Punctuality and absences-

School starts at 9am and we feel it is important for your child to be present from the start of the day. This is a good way to get into the daily routine. We ask parents to inform us before 8.15am if their child will not be present at school.

-Clothing-

We encourage your children to come to school in comfortable clothing. All children should have a change of clothes and indoor shoes. We also ask that you label all your children’s clothes.

 

School calendar 2021-2022

– Important dates –

Start of the school year: Monday 06 September 2021
Parents’ meeting: Thursday 02 September 2021
Evaluation: 1st parents’ meeting: Tuesday 14 and Thursday December 2021
2nd parents’ meeting: Tuesday 21 and Thursday 23 June 2022
ASD playground: Mondays from 14.00 to 16.00 – September to June
International Autism Day: Saturday 2 April 2022
Sharing day: Thursday 19 May 2022 – from 09:30 to 11:30
Pedagogical conference (school closed): Friday 15 October 2021 + Friday 25 March 2022

– School holidays – (school closed)

All Saints’ Day: Monday 1 November – Friday 5 November 2021
Christmas holidays: Monday 27 December 2021 – Friday 7 January 2022
Carnival: Monday 28 February – Friday 04 March 2022
Easter holidays: Monday 4 April – Friday 15 April 2022
Summer holidays: Friday 1 July to 31 August 2022

– Public holidays –

All Saints Day: Thursday 11 November 2021
Easter Monday: Monday 18 April 2022
Labour Day: Monday 02 May 2022
Ascension Day: Thursday 26 + Friday 27 May 2022
Pentecost: Monday 06 June 2022

– Holidays and events –

Halloween: Thursday 28 October 2021
Christmas Party: Thursday December 2021
Carnival: Thursday 24 February 2022
Easter Party: Thursday 31 March 2022
Summer Festival: Thursday 9 June 2022

School fees

2021-2022 (registration takes place all year round)

Options Annual fees 2021/2022

Mornings (3 mornings a week from 8.00 till 13.00)

Included : morning snack and filtered water

(September to June)

+

ASD Playground (afternoon meeting with parents and children on Fridays from 14h00 till 16.00)

Included: snack, drinks and activities

Annual fees : 5.500 EUR

Monthly fees : 550 EUR /mois

 

(September to June)

 

Full-time (Mornings +afternoons till 15h30)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday the entire day and Friday afternoon.

Wednesday morning from January 2022

Included: snack, drinks and activities

Monthly fees:

895 EUR

 

Annual fees:

8950 EUR

Discount for the second child enrolled – 10%
Administration fees   110 EUR

 

Head of school :

Miss Justine BALTHASAR 

E-mail : kidsclub@victoriacerise.com

Tel :  +32 484 92 40 64

Blue Bird school’s address :

 140 Avenue Jules Bordet, 1440 EVERE

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