Reception: 
+421 917 025 025 | bratislava@espania.sk
Opening Hours - Kindergarten

Monday – Friday 7:00 - 18:00

English - Spanish - Chinese
Kindergarten registered in the network of schools of the Ministry of Education of Slovak Republic

FAQ & Blogs

FAQ

We have written down all the answers to the most frequently asked questions of parents who are considering placing their child in Espania kindergarten. If you do not find what you are looking for, do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to answer all your questions or concerns.

How much time do children spend outdoors in the fresh air?

Our schedule is designed so that the children -dressed appropriately for outdoor temperatures of course - have the opportunity to spend enough time outdoors, at any time and season of the year. In addition,during the spring and summer months, we move some of our lessons to the outdoor areas where our students can engage in all learning activities while being in the fresh air.

Isn't there too much learning for our children?

In Espania, our students learn through playing, reading and engaging in conversations. Thus, they perceive learning as all-day play and are proud of their new achievements and knowledge. We believe that stagnation and boredom cannot be found in a child's brain.

Can children manage to learn two or three foreign languages?

They can. Children have the ability to learn as many languages ​​as they come in contact with. Learning takes the form of acquired skills and in our kindergarten they acquire knowledge of the language in the same form as if it were their mother tongue.

What does the food and menu look like?

We serve breakfast to children in the form of a buffet. Our children can choose from a variety of pastries, cereals, milk, yoghurts, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. For morning snack (brunch) time we serve fresh fruit. For lunch our children receive soup, salad and a choice of vegetarian and meat / fish dishes. We pay attention to the use of fresh ingredients from certified suppliers and do not serve pork or chicken. Instead, children receive veal, rabbit and turkey meat, as well as high-quality fish - such as salmon and tuna. For an afternoon snack, we serve homemade spreads of fresh vegetables.salad, pancakes and homemade cakes. Children who stay in the kindergarten longer during the day also receive evening snacks.

Are all your teachers native speakers?

Our Spanish and Chinese teachers are exclusively native speakers. Our English teachers are either native speakers or people with a bilingual background (they were not born in an English-speaking country, but speak English at a native level).

Are you able to cater for children with food intolerances and allergies?

Yes, most definitely. We are flexible and ready to accommodate children with special dietary requirements (intolerances or allergies) by adapting the food in the kindergarten or allowing parents to bring their child their own food.

What methodology do you follow in teaching?

As a kindergarten that celebrates diversity and different cultures, we do not limit our teachers by any uniform or standard methodology. The members of our pedagogical teams come from more than 20 countries and 6 continents and are therefore experienced in the global teaching trends. . Each of our skilful teachers has a different academic background and teaching experience and are able to bring their unique form of teaching to the kindergarten. Due to this, we are able to give our children the best pedagogical approaches from around the world.

What extra mural activities do you offer outside the main curriculum?

In addition to our compulsory subjects such as mathematics, social sciences, geography, art, reading and writing, sports and music education, we aso offer several optional extra mural activities such as swimming, skating, climbing or skiing.

Do you do outings with the children?

Yes. We encourage children to gather immediate experiences in a real environment - in operas, theaters, galleries, monuments, zoos, farms and museums. With the younger ones we go for walks in the nearby parks or invite guests with a program for children directly to the kindergarten. We do not experience a moment of boredom in Espania. We either go look for fun or the fun comes to us.

What primary schools do usually children attend after leaving Espania?

Parents of our children most usually opt for a school with English as the main language of tuition. Espania guarantees that our children will be academically and emotionally on a level that is sufficient for admission to any primary school in Slovakia.

Should children continue to learn languages ​​after leaving Espania

Most definitely. Children should be in daily contact with the foreign language at least until the age of ten. Although their foreign language learning it's the parents responsibility and personal choice , Espania offers professional assistance. Shall the parents be interested, we can connect them with teachers and institutions whose professionalism and quality level we fully trust and recommend.

How many children are there in a class?

There are never more than seven children in our bilingual and trilingual classes . A foreign teacher, assisted by a Slovak-English teacher, devotes himself to them all the time. The role of the assistant is to be constantly available and to help children in the learning process.

Do you accept children who are still wearing diapers?

Yes, and not only that. After agreeing with parents and carefully considering whether the child is ready, we can initiate potty training. We start taking the first steps as soon as the child gets familiar in a new environment and feels comfortable in the kindergarten.

Do you help younger children to eat or dress?

Yes we do. Younger children are fed by teachers and assistants, or we encourage them to try and eat alone with a little bit of our assistance. We always take into account the individual development of the child. In Espania, we also teach the basics of dining etiquette, the correct use of cutlery and the ability to dish their own food and pour drinks independently.

I am considering Espania. May I come and visit the kindergarten?

Of course. Parents are always welcome by us. All you have to do is make an appointment with our director on 0917 025 025. During your visit, the kindergarten management will guide you through our creative classrooms, explain the educational program in detail and be happy to answer all your questions or concerns.

Can you tell me more about your adaptation process?

Our adaptation process is tailored to each child's individual needs. We take in consideration important factors like the child’s nature, his or her previous experience from other kindergartens as well as emotional attachment to parents or other family members. At the beginning of the adaptation process we invite parents to an initiation meeting with our teachers, where we will learn more about their child. At this initial meeting we will discuss the best form of care and education that we think will be most suitable for the child in order to answer all concerns and choices of the parents. After this meeting and based on the information received from our parents we will decide on the most suitable adaptation process

At what age do you start with formal learning and subject teaching?

Classes take place practically from the first day of the kindergarten, regardless of the age of the child. Our curriculum is carefully designed to suit all ages. Naturally, our teachers adapt the level at which they are teaching individual topics and relevant educational activities, to suit the age of the children in their group.

How does your reporting system work and how often do you send reports to parents?

At Espania, parents are constantly informed and keep up to date. Daily reports are sent to parents every afternoon via the WhatsApp application and these reports include a list of activities and subjects that their children were doing as well as details of sleeping time and outdoor games that happened on the particular day. The kindergarten also sends a daily menu to the parents every morning.

On a weekly basis, we email parents a summary of previous days and plans for their little ones in the form of newsletters.

Twice a year, we organize open lessons for parents, where they can observe their child's progress in the foreign language, as well as newly acquired knowledge from various subjects. Open lessons are also a place where parents can discuss everything that interests them with the management and representatives of the kindergarten.

If parents have any other questions regarding the child's progress, observations or suggestions, they are welcome to come and discuss it with us every working day between 12.00 and 13.00. This time is set aside for personal meetings between parents and teachers and the director of the kindergarten.

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