Bilingual education enables children to learn both languages in an English-Czech environment during the daily program. The process of learning happens naturally during all activities and communication with Czech and English speaking teachers and classmates. The progress in both, mother and foreign languages is enabled within easy and illustrative communication.
Reggio Emilia Approach for early childhood education comes originally from Italy and is recognized and adopted in many English-speaking countries. The philosophy employs natural curiosity and the creative potential of children in their education. All the learning is very spontaneous and joyful, decided from theme projects that are born from the children’ interest. The areas of their fascination could be the world of animals or plants, the universe, light and shade, stories etc. We look for information in books but especially in the real world, we research, discuss, make artifacts and drama plays. Through the children’s eyes we learn about the world around us and we become its co-creators.
Education Framework Program
of The Czech Republic guarantees the quality and contents of the Education according to the guidelines of The Ministry of Education of The Czech Republic. Our education program meets the criteria of our Early Childhood Education requirements and provides the continuity to the other levels of Education in The Czech Republic.
The daily programme
From September to June the school opens from 7.00 to 17.30 (or 17.00 on Fridays). Main education hours are from 9.00 to 15.00. The school is closed during the holidays announced by the headmistress at the beginning of the school year. The daily programme:
||Children arrive at the preschool, free play, creative activities
||Morning circle with the class (English)
|9.30 – 11.45
||Morning circle with the classsnack, play outside/trip
||Sleep/rest, quiet reading
|| Play outside, snack, free play/organized activities
||Children leave, free play
The daily programme is adjusted to individual needs. There is also an educator (a specialized pedagogue) who works individually with kids to follow their development and progress (graphics, thinking, mobility, speech etc.). During the day children work in groups on the different theme projects of their choice.
Our day in Safirka (documentary)
Education Framework Program
Education Framework Program of The Czech Republic guarantees
the quality and contents of the Education according to the guidelines
of The Ministry of Education of The Czech Republic. Our education
program meets the criteria of our Early Childhood Education requirements
and provides the continuity to the other levels of Education in The
Our team consists of qualified pedagogues and a social worker. All the members of our team are carefully selected according to the requirements of the Education law and our school. All the teachers attend the first aid course and prove with a police and medical check.
Mgr. Andrea Dittrichová - directress
Andrea graduated from Special Education at The Faculty of Pedagogy at Masaryk University. She specialized in speech therapy. During her studies she worked with children with communication difficulties. She worked as an assistant of an autistic boy in a preschool and then as a special educator and speech therapist in a center for early childhood for three years. She creates different materials to develop children. She also led speech club and school preparation club for preschool children. She attended different courses concerning speech difficulties and educative - stimulating groups. She likes children and she can not imagine her life without them.
Jana Jobová - executive assistant
She has been co-operated with leisure-time centre. She led mini-schools for children 2 years+ and activities for moms with children. She is the founder of the civic association for family support, healthy development of children, leisure, cultural and sports activities. She prepares and implements cultural events for the general public.
Jana is a mom of two children, before maternity leave worked in a multinational company providing strategic outsourcing services. Today she feels her way is led children's hands.
“Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us.” (Jean de la Bruyére)
Mgr. Marie Baltusová – Statutory Executive
Marie funded the school in 2010 and led it to its success as a headmistress for 6 years implementing her experiences from abroad and materializing the ideas of Reggio Emilia approach and non-violent communication. She has been taking care of her little daughter since then. She is an experienced special needs educator, art teacher and an excellent language tutor (English). During her stay in foreign countries (France, Finland, Australia and New Zealand) she worked with various groups of children. In English speaking countries she worked mainly as a LEOTC educator and a preschool teacher. Experiencing different systems and programs of early childhood education she highly valued the Reggio Emilia approach.
„Reggio Emilia is a pure joy of creative and spontaneous learning. It is a dialog between a child and teacher.“
Bc. Hana Pokorná
She already worked with children younger than school age as an instructor of oriental dance, but the real impulse for this work was her au pair stay in the UK. After that she has begun studying pre-school pedagogy at Masaryk University and at the time of the study fortuitously came to work in Safirka. It totally enchanted her and she would like to develop children in all aspects in this friendly environment and also help them paint their own picture of life.
Favorite motto: "While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."
When I should choose my field of studies and what I want to do in my future, preschool education was the right choice. For two years I taught in kindergarten in Prague, but I came back to Brno, where I feel better. I like drawing, singing and dancing. These activities help me to create creative programs for children and I also enjoy it. Working in kindergarten is pure happiness for me and also the option how to be a child again for few moments, which are and always will be the most important moments in children´s and our life.
Motto: “Game is one of the most effective ways how to make our life easier. We did it as children but we have forgotten to play as adults.”
As I'm oldest of five siblings ,so therefore, I was always around kids. After I became mother
of 3 I graduated on Faculty of Education - preschool pedagogy and social pedagogy.
Personaly I perceive in children their endless energy, imagination and inspiration for whole society.
I appreciate the opportunity to become a member of Safirka team. It is my everyday pleasure to see children discovering world around us. Amazing child's world full of movement, fantasy and creativity!
Bc. Zuzana Nováčková
Zuzana began working with children as temporary work during her university studies. She spent four years working in a family with seven children. After this experience she went to the Diocesan Youth Centre where she worked with the youth for two years. Then, she began studying Preschool Education at Masaryk University and also began working part-time in Safirka, where she is now her fourth year and this year (2015) began working full time in the little Moles class.
"I like to marvel, step into puddles, dig with a stick into the ground... and with the children I can do it often. I like to learn, observe ... I even learn from the children, from what they tell me or how they react, from their worldview and their logic. I learn even from their parents and from their approach to children, from colleagues, because we are all different. With children I share the idea that every moment in life is precious - children know it naturally and enjoy every moment. I had to go back to this realization. Life is a wonderful gift."
Mgr. Monika Reichstäterová
I studied at Masaryk University in Brno, specializing in Art Education and special pedagogy (speech therapy and surdopedy). During my studies, I worked as an assistant lecturer of children's art and a ceramics club. I started to work as a part-time teacher at Safirka right from the founding of the school, and in September, I joined full-time. I am returning to Safirka after five years of maternity leave. Working with children is fulfilling for me and I enjoy it, together we create art projects. When working on projects, I support children in their own thought processes. Children desire to express themselves and leave their own unique mark, is fulfilled in class through art projects. Our kindergarten is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, and thanks to it, those desires are fulfilled. During these activities, many components are taught; manual skills, art skills or the development of creative thinking. Work here is surrounded by a wonderful collective of children and colleagues, in the beautiful environment of the Kohoutovice forests and it is very inspiring and enriching for me. I am thankful for the opportunity to be near children, help them and rejoice at the results of collaborative work and thanks to them I can see the world through their eyes.
Monkeys Class (En)
Alena studied Special Education with specialization on combine sciences at The Faculty of Pedagogy in Ostrava and then in Brno. During studies she worked as personal assistant to blind schoolmate, she taught English in kindergarten and the method Good start. After moving to Brno she started to work as part – time employee in Safirka. She has many experiences with children thanks to summer children camps. She perceives children as pure souls, who are able to draw adults into the present moment. In Safirka she works as Czech speaking teacher in English class.
Motto:„Time spent with children is never waste of time“
Mgr. Barbora Seďová
Barbora studied preschool education in Znojmo as her secondary studies. Then she continued at Masaryk University and got degrees in Combined art studies and Art management. During her studies she used to work as a teacher in kindergarten and a music tutor. For a period of time she lived abroad. She sees working with children as a creative opportunity to always keep learning. Recently she joined the team at Safirka as an English-speaking teacher in class of MONKEYS
Dragons class (En)
Míša is the student of master´s degree of Special Education specialized on speech therapy and Deaf Education at Masaryk University in Brno. She has gained the practice of speech therapy by professional clinic speech therapists and at speech therapy caps, which she has attended. Míša works with children for many years. Since high school she has started work as summer camp leader, she worked as au pair in United Kingdom, worked as English lector in English after school club and she led English hobby classes for children all ages. She started to work as a teacher assistant in Safirka. She loves working with children and she is enthusiastic traveller. Míša is a lover of nature, yoga, she loves traveling and working with children from whom she learns and talks with them. Because adults never ask you what your seventh favorite dragon is.
Motto: "Adults are waiting all week for Friday, all year for summer, all life for happiness. Children are happy here and now, and we have to learn that from them. "
Mgr. Katarína Zimčíková
Katka studied social work and social pedagogy at University of Matej Bel in Banska Bystrica.
During her studies she has worked in foster care house, she was a coordinator of primary school – based drug prevention programs and also she worked at a child abuse hotline.
Language studies led her to Great Britain where she lived for six years. She worked with small children all along. For the last two years, she had been a teaching assistent at the reception class of primary school inspired by the Reggio Emilia aproach.
She had the privilege of being at the very beginning of kindergarten Safirka. She works as an English speaking teacher in the Dragon class.
Katka participated in the Reggio Emilia International Study group in Italy and she enthusiastically applies her knowledge in her work with children.
She is a mum of two girls.
“Help children climb their mountains, as high as possible.” Loris Malaguzzi
Native speaker teacher
B.A. Christina Felton Křístelova
Christina finished bachelor degree in English Education as second language (ESL) at Liberty University in Virginia in USA.
During high school and university studies she volunteered at summer camps "Word of Life" in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
After finishing her studies she taught in kindergarten and at primary school in Virginia, and then she has increased her education career on international level in Georgia and South Korea.
She likes everyday English interaction with children.
She appreciates to be a part of team, which supports bilingual education of children.
Mgr. Eliška Šimecká – ateliéristka
Eliška finished studies of Preschool education at Masaryk University, Faculty of Education in Brno. She finished also studies of art therapy at the same university. She was working in mother center, later on she was working in kindergarden. She completed various music therapy, dance therapy and movement therapy courses. Eliška was leading groups of creative dance and scenic dance for children and adults. She participated in the dance theatre Mimi Fortunae. Due to working with the smallest children in the mother center, leisure groups and the kindergarden she started to write a book about body perception and inner perception of a child. Her focus to children and their art expression and perception of space and time became even stronger. Also because of
and her co – author. Reggio Emilia was the best way she could go:
„My ideas and assumptions about children perception and learning exactly fitted with the philosophy of Reggio.
That´s why I´m so glad that I can be an art creationist right here.“ Children are the unlimited source of energy for her.
She wants to give them freedom and space for creation together with awarness of boudaries and rules of behaviour. She wants children to interiorize that by expression of emotions in creating.
„Children are joy and hope of humanity to be more spontaneous, creative, more in movement, closer to a pure soul.“
Mgr. Marie Baltusová st.
Bc. Iva Hanzlíková
Mgr. Jana Kobzová
Kichen + cleaning personnel