How we work
Our Opening Times
We are open on Monday and Thursday from 09.00 to 16.30.
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday we are open from 09.00 to 13.00.
Children can attend from 09.00-13.00 or 09.00-16.30.
We match the opening hours and holiday calendar of The European School in Bergen. For more information please follow this link: esbergen.eu/holidays-calendar.
Our daily routine
We follow a fixed daily routine for our morning sessions. This provides structure and stimulation and at the same time helps our children feel safe and part of the group. We use lots of music, song, rhyme, role-play and art activities in our daily routine. This is especially important for children who have varying degrees of language acquisition.
Young children can feel insecure if they do not know what is going to happen next. Because our children may not immediately understand the language that we are using, our signals are very important. Our staff support communication in Dutch, English or French with body language and song.
Our daily routine also supports the children's developing sense of order and time. It is a routine in the sense that it follows a fixed order. It is not a rigid schedule. This gives the playleaders flexibility to respond to the needs of the group on any given day. Our daily schedule is displayed on our classroom door with pictograms for the children to follow.
Our weekly planning
Our play leaders take it in turns to personally plan appropriate theme based activities for each week at the playschool. Themes can be for example the weather & seasons, food, emotions (what makes you happy or sad?) or just colors and shapes. Our planning is rich with art based activities, song, stories, games etc. It offers a range of opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills, social, emotional and cognitive skills.
We share our planning with parents on the notice board outside our classroom and we send an e-mail. It is written in English but is also delivered and supported in Dutch and French.
The planning covers rhymes, songs, stories, films, daily activities and keywords we will work with for the theme of the week. Keywords are four important words for the week that we try help each child understand in their chosen language.
Weekly themes also take important national and cultural events into account. Is there something from your own country or cultural background that you think would be nice to share? Please let us know and we could try and plan together to include it (perhaps you could come in and help?)
Eating and drinking, a social event
Eating together is an important social event at Little Europe. Because most of our children come from a different background, they all bring their own healthy food for lunch where everyone sits together up at the big table. This is a wonderful time to start learning about table manners and develop language skills.
More information can be found in our pedagogical plan below.
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