Hours and Routine
At EMP we offer various programs:
Morning Program 8:15 - 12:30
Afternoon Program 12:00 - 16:30
Lunch Program (max 9 spaces) 8:15 - 13:30
Full Day Program 8:15 - 16:30
PreCare 07:45 - 8:15 (Mo-Fr)
AfterCare 16:30 - 17:00 (Mo-Th)
The children enter the preschool through the front gate. They are greeted by an EMP teacher. They have a designated dressing place for their coat, shoes and change of clothes. The teacher helps the child help himself and prepare for entering the classroom.
9:00 - 10:30 Work & Play time
The child enters the classroom and has the freedom to choose work on his own. Throughout the morning, the teachers give group and individual lessons, guiding the child through the classroom in areas of: Practical life, Sensorial work, Geography, Science, Math, Language, Nature, Art, Music and a multitude of other activities. The children can freely chose from a wide range of Montessori and extra activities.*
10:00/10:30 Circle time & Story Time
Stories, songs and talking about various topics with the group
09:30 - 11:00 Snack time
11:00/30 - 12:00 Park
All children go outside at least once a day (11:15-12:00 and/0r 15:15-16:00 weather permitting). If the weather is not in our favor, the teachers try to at least go for a walk, group dancing, singing, group exercise and/or free indoor play.
12:15 - 12:30 AM Dismissal
The classroom teacher dismisses the children to the parents.
12:00 - 12:15 PM Arrival
Newly arrived children are welcomed and guided into the routine.
All children get ready for lunch: setting up the room, toilet, washing hands, etc.
12:15 - 13:00 Lunchtime
All children eat in their own classroom. This is a time without drop offs or pickups so that the children can enjoy the quiet time of lunch.
13:20-13:30 Lunch Program Dismissal
All Lunch Program children get picked up.
13:30 - 14:45 Nappers' time
Our younger children go to the nap area beside classroom two for a nap. A teacher reads a story and supervises the group. The children return to their classroom after sleep time and participate in the classroom activities.
13:00 - 15:00 Work & Play time
Throughout the afternoon, the teacher gives group and individual lessons. The children can freely chose from a wide range of Montessori and extra activities.*
15:00/30 - 16:00 Park
We try to go to the park, playground or for a walk at least once a day (weather and project permitting). If the weather is not in our favor, the teachers try to at least go for a walk, do some group dancing, singing, group exercise and/or free indoor play.
16:00 - 16:30 Story Time & Dismissal
All children go home: Parents pick up their child by entering the front door.
* Each child has the opportunity to work with material in the classroom; however, the teacher may guide the child to areas that fulfill a specific skill level more suited for the abilities of the child. A child is not forced in any way to participate in activities, nor is any child forced to share their work. The child is given respect for his/her choices in work and is responsible for the care of all materials in the classroom.
FULL DAY CHILDREN
In addition to the above, the full day children have a special music program. A professional music teacher visits the preschool once a week for group lessons.