Alonim Kindergarten has a maximum of 35 children. Seven staff are on duty each day. All staff are fully qualified to work in a Kindergarten setting, or are in the process of gaining the necessary qualifications. Staff attend regular training sessions in order to continue with their professional development.
When your child has celebrated their third birthday they are able to attend the ‘Lunch Club’ which runs on Monday and Tuesdays. These sessions are concurrent with the morning session. Therefore on these days your child will attend Kindergarten between 9.30-3pm. These sessions enable staff to concentrate on extending the skills the children have already developed and allow the children to eat lunch with their peers, which helps prepare them for the school environment. An extra charge is made for these sessions.
At Alonim, at present, three members of staff have a Degree in Early Childhood education and another is working towards ‘Early Years Professional Status’. The kindergarten is open from 9:30am to 12:30pm Monday to Friday during term times.
The children are taught in two class groups. These class groups are decided by the Head teacher in consultation with the Parent/Carer and this is generally based upon the age of the child. The children normally start in the Acorn class. They then move into the Sapling class between 3 years and 3 1/2 years old depending on the child’s needs and a space being available in the Sapling class.
Although the children are separated for the main part of the morning they all come together for special occasions such as Kabbalah Shabbat, festivals, birthdays and often at playtime. Working closely with the children at their own level and within a group of similar ages is the best way for them to achieve. However, the coming together allows opportunities for the younger children to aspire to the older ones, to promote an awareness of the needs of the younger children amongst the older children who learn to nurture others and feel ‘important’ as role models and also to create a sense of community.