Avenor Nursery has been accredited since June 2011.
Avenor College (nursery and school) operates under absolute legality. Avenor students can transfer or continue their studies in our school or any other school (public or private) that operates legally in the Romanian educational system.
For Nursery, the main language for teaching is English (both Romanian and native teachers).
Avenor Nursery runs according to the EYFS sets of teaching and learning standards and Statutory Framework for Y1 and the language that we use is English. Our core group of teachers are very good English speakers, but children also receive lessons with native English teachers. The educational philosophy is based on “structured play”, which means that all the activities in Nursery and Reception are perceived by children as playing, however this is not just a random play, it is one where the teacher organizes and selects the activities so that children achieve the educational objectives in a pleasant and effortless way.
· Fill out the Registration form;
· Fill out the Schooling contract;
· Copies of the parents’ identification documents;
· Copy of the child's birth certificate;
· Medical file (Avenor Medical Record, medical certificate from the paediatrician (aviz epidemiologic), medical certificate for joining colectivity (adeverință de intrare în colectivitate) and a vaccination record.
We accept children as young as 2 years old. Potty training is not a requirement; we actually assist children and advise parents through this process.
For a better nursery school to home coordination, we kindly ask that every child bring a school bag containing at least:
· The morning snack;
· One complete change of clothes which has to be checked every day;
· Nappies, wet wipes (if necessary);
· Sun lotion and hats for the summer;
· Gloves and ski equipment during wintertime.
There is no need for a towel, since we only use disposable paper towels in order to ensure we have the best hygiene practices.
At the entrance in the nursery school, the child will need to change into slippers with the child’s name written on them. Every Monday, the children registered for the afternoon program need to bring pyjamas; on Fridays, they will be sent home to be washed.
From time to time, “accidents” may happen. Children tend to become very involved in what they do and forget to go to the toilet until the last moment. We don’t make a big deal of it, but we reassure them that incidents like this can occur and we explain how they need to deal with them: “In the future, maybe we should go earlier to the toilet in order to avoid this from happening again”. Please ensure that each child has in his school bag one complete change of clothes.
Children’s emotional needs are as important as any other development area. We’ll do our best to help them calm down. For this purpose, we can use their personal things or familiar words and phrases. But if the child is not ready to calm down, we will give you a call to make sure the child doesn’t have to go through any unnecessary distress.
Please make sure that the nursery has an available phone number and that someone will always answer the phone.
We have a well thought-out induction procedure, aimed at helping children adjust to school at their own pace. It is a gradual process that involves increasing the time the child spends in school from one day to the next. If a child cannot be convinced to keep quiet or calm down, we will call you right away on the emergency telephone number you’ll be asked to give us before you leave.
At the beginning of every year, the class objectives in each area of development will be sent home for your information. Every week, your child’s main educator will also send information about the general theme (which is followed for six weeks) and also about the weekly sub-themes, including specific activities for different development areas which can be further explored at home.
At the end of the day, one of the class teachers will offer feedback about the child’s day and can also make recommendations.
Every week the class teachers have an allocated time for PTC (Parent and Teacher Conference?) and parents can make an appointment and discuss any concerns they may have with regards to their child’s education.
In the registration form, besides other contact numbers, an emergency telephone number will be required. If a child gets sick the parent will be contacted on the emergency number to come and take the child from the nursery school.
We are a nursery that believes that any sensorial experiences have an essential role in the development process of every child. Daily, we use various types of glue, colours, materials and substances as well as the children having access to all different types of equipment with varying consistencies to allow for an educational and enjoyable learning environment. Children are encouraged to wear aprons during the activities, but this doesn’t mean that they will not stain their clothes. That’s why we advise to dress children in plain, practical clothes, so that they can fully enjoy all this range of activities.
During the initial period of adjustment, a child can bring a “comfort toy”, which can help during this time. Generally, we discourage children from bringing toys, jewellery or any other objects into the nursery school, because these can be lost or damaged.
Food restrictions, or any allergies, will be written in the medical file completed by the paediatrician and forwarded to the medical staff. The weekly menu can be found on the Avenor website and is updated every Friday in order to be checked by the parents and inform us about the possible changes. Sometimes we might call the parents and ask for their advice regarding some foods that the child might be allowed to eat or not.
The nursery accepts children with diapers. The transition out of diapers depends on a certain degree of independence that children reach in their own time. The nursery school accepts this as a normal part of the child’s personal, social and emotional development. At the same time, we encourage a consistent communication with the home environment, essential to help the child go through this whole process.
Children starting nursery school for the first time normally need a gradual adjustment period. The adjustment process depends both on the child’s and the parents’ attitude. On a case by case basis, after talking to you and observing the child, our teachers can recommend whether the child should start on a short program and increase it gradually, or whether they can begin with a normal schedule.
Assessment is a continuous part of the learning process. Teachers plan their activities in order to respond to student’s needs and interests and to ensure challenging opportunities. Our teachers constantly observe how children learn and keep track of these observations. According to these observations which includes the child’s attendance, the teacher will be able to apply diagnostic and evaluative assignments in order to test and progress your child.
When giving feedback to children, teachers take great care of the manner they express themselves, avoiding firm negative criticism, in order to not affect the child’s confidence and creativity. However, teachers will give constructive criticism where necessary in order to guide the learner towards greater future achievement.
The teachers at Avenor offer children the freedom to experiment and find their own solutions to problems they come across.
At Avenor we encourage behavior for learning (any type of behavior that promotes learning, such as: asking lots of questions, exploring all of the areas of experience, getting involved in activities, investigating, keeping on trying, making mistakes, offering feedback, asking for help)
Some of the tools that we use to encourage behavior for learning and manage behaviour in Avenor Nursery are:
- Positive Verbal Feedback.
- Class Rules.
- Star of the Week.
- Show and Tell.
- Classroom encouragement systems (with age - appropriate steps options, such as, outstanding, excellent effort, good day, ready to learn, make better choices, teacher’s choice).
Another method we use to empower children think about the consequences of their actions is “stop and think”. The child has to stop from any activity and discuss face-to-face either with the teacher or with the counsellor about “the incident” - not in a certain place, not with a certain person, so that the child does not associate the person or the place with the idea of “punishment”.