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Our Day Care Centre

The Day Care Centre

 

The Day Care Centre in the Rebecca Sieff WIZO Centre for the Family, Bet Hakerem, Jerusalem is the largest WIZO Day Care Centre in the country. Approximately 290 children, from the ages of five months, to five years are educated, and cared for, in 10 classes. The Day Care Centre gives them the opportunity to be in the same supportive environment for four years, with no need to change surroundings. The educational work in

the Day Care Centre is based on professional experience which has been learned over decades of work in this field. In 2006 the Day Care Centre was the first in Israel to be awarded the quality standard ISO 9001, from the International Standards Organization. The quality standard award is given for various cycles of excellence: planning, implementation, supervision and performance. This obligation to excellence demands ongoing improvement of work procedures and their implementation.

 

 

Our aims

 

Our aims to provide the children with an educational, social, supportive and professional environment and to provide the children with an educational, social, supportive and professional environment and to give them the chance to experiment, to learn and to create, on a daily basis. To give parents the opportunity to go out to work, safe in the knowledge that their children are being looked after in a warm atmosphere in the Day Care Centre . The staff in the Day Care Centre believes in the capabilities and uniqueness of each child, and the importance of providing him with emotional, motor, intellectual and social development. Each child is treated with respect, whatever his cultural, social and family background. The educational staff believes in portraying a personal example, reacting to the child with patience, being consistent, and displaying devotion and attention, whilst forming a trusting relationship, and in full partnership with the parents. The classrooms and apparatus are suited to the different age groups and developmental needs: the classrooms are welcoming and contain a wide variety of toys; each kindergarten has its own playground and space. All educational and administrative activities are supervised by the professional staff in World WIZO. The staff regularly participates in courses in order to learn new methods of education.

 

Special Initiatives

 

We initiate educational projects for the children in the Day Care Centre in a number of topics as we identify the need for them. Through these projects the children in the Day Care Centre expand their general knowledge and exposes them world of communications at an early age.

 

Multi Age Day Care Centers – Kalanit Kindergarten and Almog

Kindergarten

 

The multi age framework imitates the family framework for siblings from the age of ten months up to three years of age. The atmosphere in the classroom is a family atmosphere, each child receives individual attention according to his or her age and aptitude, the activities - likewise. The group is made up of several components which are formed into one unit. The kindergarten is made up of four groups of eight children.

Each child is in a separate activity room with his own group carer-educator. The children all join together for enrichment activities in an area at the centre of the kindergarten but function as independent groups. The educational emphasis of the group is placed on tolerance, looking after the needs of one another, learning together and sharing. The ‘older brother’ helps the ‘younger brother’, teaching him and showing empathy and responsibility towards him, thus developing his self confidence and his leadership qualities. The ‘younger brother’ learns from his ‘older brother how to speak, walk, play and copies him, and so develops at a faster rate.

 

Sensor Motoric Centre

 

There are two sensor motoric activity rooms in the Day Care Centre, one for babies and one for children aged 3-5. They each have different equipment and apparatus, which the children can use for physical activities either playing alone or being led by a caregiver. First and foremost it is important for the child to enjoy himself, to feel free and to run around, crawl, climb, jump and to use all the apparatus and games in the room. These activities strengthen the muscles and the motoric skills of the child. He learns to balance himself and to know his own body. The development of his rough motoric skills enables him to use his body in the best way possible, both as a child and then later in life as an adult. Today we know that there is a link between the development of the rough motoric skills and the cognitive aptitude of the child, and the development of his thought processes. Through these activities, in the sensor motoric rooms, he is not only strengthening his body but also developing his understanding. The children in the Day Care Centre play in the sensor motoricrooms at least twice a week, in small groups, with musical sounds in the background.

 

The Sound and Listening Museum

 

The Sound and Listening Museum was set up with the aim of encouraging the curiosity of the child using tones, movement and music. Through directed and free experimentation the

Toddlers learn to recognize the link between the language of music and the language of emotions, opening up their emotional senses. The room is equipped with a variety of authentic, unconventional instruments such as: bells, a big rain pole, a slotted drum, multi dimension musical instruments resembling a cow and a dog, percussion instruments, xylophones, etc.

Activities in the room are held in small groups enabling each child to hear the music and have enough space to move around. Experienced caregivers, who have received special training on how to teach the children according to a ‘Music for Toddlers’ method, are in charge of the activities in the room.

 

House of Stories

 

This Is a unique activity, using dolls and other apparatus as part of a ‘House of Stories’. A doll’s theatre, which is a permanent fixture, was designed for this purpose. It is attached to the Sound and Listening Museum, a room with a window facing into the museum where stories are acted out, to the sounds of music and special lighting. The activity involves the children changing their roles from spectators to actors, as partners in the production. Stories are very important in the development of language, developing imagination and understanding the world, at a young age. The House of Stories gives the children a glimpse into an imaginary world, a world where they can act according to their age and those issues that occupy their thoughtsThe stories have educational content and enrichment according to the age of the children, the seasons and the festivals.

 

The Kitchen

 

The Kitchen dairy and healthy, under the supervision of the head dietician in World WIZO. Healthy nutrition is especially important for toddlers whose bodies are growing constantly. Food affects their mood, awareness and their concentration. We therefore provide healthy food, made up of all the types of food in the pyramid.

We ensure that the food is fresh, pleasing to the eye and colorful, so that the child will want to eat it. Each day the staff in the kitchen of the Day Care Centre prepares 350 meals. Three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack are served.

The parents can also enjoy the food cooked on the premises of the Day Care Centre each Tuesday when the kitchen staff prepares and sells sweet rolls, pizza, cakes, fish cakes, etc.

The Rebecca Sieff WIZO Centre for the Family operates projects for the early age group and their parents during the afternoon hours in which the wider community can participate.

 

The Legoland

 

The Legoland room in the Day Care Centre is designed to be comfortable and especially attractive to the children. The area is divided into two areas of activity – activities for toddlers and activities for older children.  

The Lego pieces are kept in special, permanent containers which stand on a low wooden platform. The unique play tables encourage group activities and joint projects. The play activity in Legoland is a regular part of the weekly Program of the Day Care Centre.

 

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