FAQ

Just like the preschool kids we care for, you probably have a heap of questions – so let us answer them! Curiosity is a marvelous thing, after all…

What are your school fees?

School fees vary by centre. Student’s age group is a factor, whilst the length of their daily sessions (e.g. half, extended or full) contributes to the rest of the bill.

Do you run summer camps?

Yes indeed – a lot of our nurseries host summer camps during holiday periods. Check with your local preschool if you’re unsure.

What curriculum do you offer?

Our preschool curriculum takes the best practices from Reggio Emilia, Waldorf Steiner, and Montessori teaching. These foster creativity, imaginative potential, social aptitude, motor skills and a wider emotional range in young people. Children can, therefore, chase their interests down any route they choose. See our list of programs for a closer look…

What are your principles?

When we boil them down, Safari Kid is dedicated to four things:

  • The ability to customize learning plans, and most aspects of what we offer. Every child has their own learning needs – they deserve to work at their own pace too.
  • A curriculum that supports this promise. We mix free and structured play, different structures of early learning, and a program that evolves as new techniques or research come to light. These strike all the ways in which young minds and bodies can develop.
  • We’re obsessed with regular and transparent parent communication. Our pledge is that you’ll know what’s happening at your Safari Kid preschool; that we’ll listen to your feedback and continually improve our offering.
  • An extraordinary amount of care in everything we do – from picking resources and designing learning spaces to the health, safety, and security of the children that they serve.

What are your teachers’ qualifications and nationalities?

All our preschool teachers have a degree in Early Years Education and assistant teachers have a diploma. While paper qualification is a major criterion, we also look for individuals who have a genuine passion for teaching young children. Aside from their paper qualifications, internal teacher training is conducted on a regular basis. Our teachers get more than 100 hours of specialized training in the Safari Kid methodology. Safari Kid is open to hiring teachers of different nationalities.

Can non-English speakers study at Safari Kid?

Yes! We’ve had quite a number of success stories from children who didn’t speak a word of English when they first came to our preschools. But you’ll be surprised how fast they can pick it up. Most of our instructions are in English; that, coupled with the social side to our nurseries, means their learning is accelerated.

How is discipline dealt with?

At our school, we teach children to use gentle hands and kind words from the toddler stage. Values are taught to all students throughout the school. We believe that strong values are the foundation of future behaviors. If a child is seen hitting another child, he/she is taken aside and told to stop that behavior. Using positive redirection, the teacher will then tell the child that his/her hands are used for making things and eating; not for hitting a friend. Sometimes if the child continues to be defiant, he/she will be brought to the principal’s office where our principal will sit down with him/her and talk about what has happened. Corner time-out is not a method that we use in Safari Kid as we believe that it is more effective to teach a child values with positive redirection and reinforcement rather than “think about what you have done”.

Do you do potty training?

Whenever a child is ready, we’ll co-ordinate toilet training with our teaching professionals. They will advise you on what to do at home, so your child is learning both at our preschool and in their own environment.

Do you have a school bus pick-up/drop-off procedure?

Some of our preschools have a bus service. A staff member is present on every trip, and we can approve a guardian or representative if the parent isn’t available to receive one of our pupils. We only ask for a copy of the guardian’s passport or ID. You’ll get a call when the bus arrives. The arrival/departure times can change from country to country.

What are your health and safety procedures?

Every kindergarten is assessed for how it may be harmful – the risk is never 100% avoidable, but we do the best we can to minimize it where possible. Safari Kid has an ‘exclusion for illness’ policy that lists symptoms, cases and conditions that could send a child home. In a broader sense, we keep to strict sanitary schedules and a safe-hire procedure for all of our staff.

Which primary schools can children graduate to?

We’ll advise on what lies ahead of your son or daughter when he/she leaves Safari Kid preschools. In each location, we have good relationships with leading primary learning institutions. Children from Safari Kid usually advance to these places, and our Parent Relationship Managers will assist you in identifying, applying for and navigating the most suitable primary schools for your child.

What will my child be able to do by the end of term?

Every centre and program has its quirks. Yet kids in our care do tend to be a year or two more advanced than their peers when they reach primary education. For example, children undergoing a Level 2 Accelerated Learning program (3 years+) begin to read and write simple words during their opening term at Safari Kid.

How, and how often, do teachers communicate with parents?

Every day, really! We greet parents at pick-up and drop-off times. This gives us time to speak about what their child has been doing in our kindergarten, as well as any little details we’ve picked up along the course of their learning.

We also write and distribute a weekly newsletter, explaining the following week’s plans. Parents get a mobile app too – it tells them about dates on the nursery calendar, and notifies us when there’ll be an absence.

How are lessons executed in the classroom?

There’s a thematic approach to our preschool lessons – certain ideas link everything together each month. By breaking them down into smaller, weekly segments, our learning is made digestible.

Activity stations are set up for a creative and playful side to the lesson plan. During this time, children can make things, cook, construct, write, read and develop their sensory perceptions. Everyone does so at their own pace, in accordance with their abilities.

What languages do you teach?

As well as the local language in each country our preschools are based in, we offer various ‘immersion classes’ in the afternoons, such as Mandarin, French or Arabic. In some centres, we give bilingual lessons – although primarily, the native tongue of every Safari Kid kindergarten branch is English!

How do you encourage interactive play?

Co-operative play is something we truly value. But it has to be learned, as well as appeal to our social instincts… The best way to achieve this is by copying what we see. Therefore, our nursery teachers and educators model play and co-operate whenever they can, so the kids get a sense of what it looks like. Taking turns, acting gently, speaking in a kind manner: all of these are examples of positive reinforcement. Soon enough, the play will start to diffuse social tension as a result.

What is your payment policy and withdrawal policy?

Parents receive a list of terms and conditions on our enrolment form; that’s where you’ll find specific payment or withdrawal rules. They will vary, to a degree, based on the preschool in question. Ask your local Safari Kid team for more information.

What is the student/teacher ratio?

Kindergarten class ratios depend on regional or national regulations in a given country. However, we aim for the absolute highest split of teachers per child, so that your kids get the attention they deserve! In any of our preschool locations, we have ratios that are on par or better than regulatory requirements.

How do you handle separation, transition and promotion?

We begin with short separation times, as children need to have faith that their caregiver will return. This builds trust and mutual understanding. Once these brief periods become the norm, we extend the length of separation. A comforter from home often helps, something like a blanket, toy or teddy bear.

It’s normal for a child to cry during their initial state at kindergarten of semi-independence. Please remember that it’s a natural, healthy response to the love you’ve given them so far… For transitions and promotions, too, we create a plan that’s tailored to their personality traits.

Can my child join in the middle of a term?

Yes, in general, we accept students all year round to our day care, pre-nursery, and kindergarten programs if we have availability. Please check with your local preschool directly.

Will you pro-rata the tuition fees for holidays?

Our preschool tuition fees are calculated across the whole 10 month school year. This takes into account all of the school holidays so no months will be pro-rata.

Do you provide lunch and snacks?

Location is everything. In some countries, we offer both – in others, parents supply the food their children will tuck into. Ask your local Safari Kid nursery team for more information.