Vyšehrad Monsters is an outdoor preschool club with an all-week program in English, based on the Framework Education Programme for Preschool Education, thus fully complying with general requirements for subsequent enrollment at any primary school. In addition, it aims to create an alternative to an existing offer of preschools in the Czech Republic. The concept of the club is based on four principles:
OUTDOOR, URBAN. ENGLISH, COMMUNITY
In many respects, we follow the idea of forest preschools that have become a popular alternative to the traditional preschool system. They emphasize outdoor education, learning outside of typical classrooms and in more exterior environment (for futher information go to: www.lesnims.cz). Learning outdoors has a positive effect on child's overall development, creative thinking, forming relationships with nature and better physical endurance. For this purpose, we decided to use several parks, which are quite well-known spots for Prague children. Besides Vyšehrad, we mostly spend our time in Folimanka, Jezerka or Podolské skály. Nevertheless, the club has its own facilities, where children meet in the morning and reunite with their parents in the afternoon and which is their resting place/shelter in case of exceptionally bad weather. We also regularly go for trips into the countryside. The environmental education is an integral part of the programme and is also reflected in the everyday management of the club with a minimum impact on the environment.
It is very natural for Prague children to move around in a city environment while being outdoors. Therefore, we believe that it is as important to learn in and from nature as to recognize the patterns of city living. Thus our programme includes walks around the city, discussions about its architecture, technical excursions to various monuments, using public transport or simply having meals in restaurants. In this concern, our activities will depend on what children are specifically interested in in their neighborhood and what they wish to learn about it.
Our all-day English programe familiarizes children with this foreign language in a playful and natural way. Due to years of experience and the knowledge of our teachers, we know that purely English environment greatly facilitates learning and adopting the new language. It is extremely easy for children in a preschool age to adapt to foreign languages and such capability brings them tremendous benefits for their future lives. The possibility and also the need to speak English is highlighted by the presence of a native speaker in our team. Although the programme is mainly in English, there is always a Czech teacher with excellent English skills present to help children in everyday challenging situations.
Our club is purposely focused on a small group of children (not more than eighteen) who are accompanied by our three teachers. There is an emphasis on an individual approach to each child to create relationships of mutual trust and inspiration between each child and our teachers. The community of the preschool not only includes its team and the children, but also their parents. The communication with parents is very important for us in order to find a mutual understanding of what is best for their children. We will be happy to explain any aspect of our programme in further detail, moreover, we are also interested in any additional comments or other suggestions.
7:30 - 8:30 Arrival, free play indoors (arrival of Baby Monsters from 8:00)
9:00 - 12:00 Outdoor activities, snack
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 14:00 Rest time, sleep or quiet activities indoors
14:00 - 16:30 Afternoon activities including preschool education and snack
15:00 - 15:30 Picking-up Baby Monsters
16:30 - 17:00 Picking-up Monsters
We go outdoors every day, in any weather, both in the morning and in the afternoon. We regularly go for longer trips too.
In the event of exceptionally unfavorable conditions, the program may be modified.
The activities include physical activities, different sports, yoga for kids, drawing, painting, modeling, cutting out, glueing and all types of creating, learning poems and rhymes, singing songs, dancing...
Attendance to Monsters (from 3 to 6 years)
Attendance to Baby Monsters (from 2 to 3 years)
The school fee is to be paid monthly, from September til June.
During summer, the preschool operates on the basis of week-long day camps for kids from 3 years old.
Meals (snack-lunch-snack) are paid separately. The price is 90 CZK per day. In case of cancelling attendance in time, the meals are not charged for relevant days. Lunches are delivered by Ekolandia, prepared specially for preschool children from fresh ingredients supplied by local farmers, without any artificial flavors and excessive ammount of salt. We also offer meals for vegetarians and allergy sufferers.
For siblings, we offer a discount of 10 %.
The preschool club is managed by a non-profit association All4Kids so all its revenue is spent solely on the club. The club is not included in the register of schools and school facilities and does not receive any contributions from the state budget.
To submit your child for attendance, fill in the application form.
Completed application is to be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Signed original is then to be turned in following the confirmation of acceptance for attendance. At that moment, there will be a more detailed contract signed between parents and the preschool club.
We also recommend to become acquainted with the Code of Operation
May you have any questions, to not hesitate to contact us, you are also welcome to arrange an appointment