Lipa Preschool is a private Czech-English kindergarten where children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years receive personalized guidance for their learning adventure.

We use a unique curriculum tailored by experts of preschool education systems from all over the world, so you know your child will get only the best. Of course, an excellent teaching plan isn’t everything — our preschool is also staffed with brilliant teachers selected with the utmost care.

As a family-friendly establishment, we treat each child according to their specific needs. At the same time, we rely on close and efficient cooperation with you, because we know parents are the most important part of a child’s development. We’re always happy to meet parents at social events such as family barbecues, Children’s Days, summer parties or Christmas pageants.

Classes are divided by age, so that each child can receive maximum attention. The highest number of children per teacher is 12; for children under three it is 6.

Our system is all about all-around childhood development. We actively use and teach both Czech and English, and our activities are complemented with the best of what modern technology has to offer, namely Promethean interactive boards and Apple iPads.

Children in our preschool are encouraged to experiment, dance, play, and learn about the world – but most of all, they are happy, and that’s why we love working with them.

The Principles of Lipa Preschool Education

We firmly believe that learning is supposed to be interesting, interactive and that children should want to take active part in it. That is why we organize our preschool around four fundamental principles of learning. You will see them present in our classrooms, in our teachers’ attitude and in everything we do.

Four pillars

Knowledge

The process of learning is only as good as the knowledge involved. Our goal is to provide children with enough materials and support to help them find their own way of grasping new information. We understand every child learns at a different pace and we respect this. Our most effective tool is children’s natural curiosity, and we make it the main driving force of learning.

Creativity

If you’ve ever watched your child play, you know that every kid is a potential future artist, musician or scientist! Creativity is inherent to all children’s nature. In our experience, creativity is not just about drawing – children should be taught to be creative in all areas of life. Isn’t it possible to learn basic mathematics through drawing? To teach language through dance and physical activity? Lipa Preschool makes the most of children’s natural creativity. The curriculum we use encourages children’s need to learn about the world from a different perspective. We help them satisfy their curiosity.

Fun

Fun is at the heart of everything we do. Learning has to be entertaining, children need to like it and – what is even more important – want to carry on learning in the future. Our curriculum puts fun at the very center of learning. When children enjoy themselves, they tend to participate more and are more inquisitive. They welcome any new activity and like taking on greater and greater learning challenges.

Inspiration

Inspiration is our last, but not least important pillar of learning. Class activities may be enjoyable, full of exciting information, but when it doesn’t inspire, it is not effective. Children love exploration. The pillar of inspiration is evident in everything we do. We are very proud that we know how to inspire children to look for their own learning opportunities. When they do, we assist them as companions. It is a very demanding task, which is why we are always on the lookout for new and refreshing ways of support. Our team’s greatest wish is to inspire our children to fully unfold their potential.

Our team

Teachers who make up our team are highly qualified professionals and native speakers of both Czech and English. They approach each child with individual attention and care, adjusting to their needs in close cooperation with you, the parents.

Headmistress
Bc. Radka Vlachová
Radka Vlachová draws upon rich experience with the education of preschool children. She believes that a preschool should, above all else, be a friendly place with a family atmosphere. In her view, parents play an essential role not just in how their child develops in the preschool, but also in how it feels there. Radka studied Special Education at the Faculty of Education, Charles University. Her work history includes teaching at the BeeHive International School in Vinohrady or at SmartFox Preschool & Nursery in Břevnov. In her free time, she enjoys working with special needs children and teaching a speech therapy class for the clients of our preschool.

Bc. Petra Hegedüšová
Although Petra’s studies at Palacký University in Olomouc prepared her for the career of a journalist, she leans towards working with children. Petra loves travelling and first-hand experience with various cultures. These passions first took her to an Irish farm, where she worked as an au-pair, and after that to Germany, where she au-paired for another year. She spent one summer in Croatia as an animator for “Kids Club”, a preschool of sorts with children from all over the world. She was also an instructor of a modern gymnastics prep course in Šumperk, where she enjoyed designing her own choreographies. For Petra, working with children means an endless supply of surprises, discovery and pure joy. She’s a strong advocate of a positive and individual approach to children.

Jaroslava Šálová
Jarka has many years’ experience in marketing research and media production. Apart from other things, she studied sensory development of preschool and school children, their health, interests, and lifestyle; she also conducted a research into children at risk. Her motto is that every child should have a happy childhood, surrounded by family, love and understanding. Jarka loves spending spring time in the garden, when everything comes back to life after winter. She sprouts seeds with children and they play gardeners together. She wants children to realise the importance of nature and learn the ways of protecting all the living things around us.

Martina Korkmaz
Martina has over 4 years of experience teaching English to young learners. She completed her studies in Hospitality and Tourism while living in Toronto, Canada. She then completed her teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate at TEFL Worldwide, Prague. She is very passionate about teaching and loves working with children in a very creative way, inspiring in them curiosity about the world around them and a love of learning. Martina is also a photographer and enjoys going to art galleries and travelling. She has lived in Canada, Scotland, England and Turkey before settling in the Czech Republic.

Veronika Kothajová
After graduating from secondary teaching school, Veronika started to work in various English and international preschools, where there were many children from all over the world, who were only just starting to learn English. Thanks to this, Veronika has experience with teaching English in such a way so that children can learn it quickly and effectively. Veronika likes to educate herself in art, music and sport, so that she can create engaging activities for children. She finds her job very fulfilling, because not only she teaches children, she can also learn something from them; whether it is optimism, a positive worldview or finding happiness in everyday moments, something that adults often forget about.

Communication with Parents

We believe it is paramount to inform parents about everything that goes on in our preschool. We send all news to e-mail addresses parents give us for this purpose, and at the same time we post information on notice boards in the buildings.

Every month we send:

  • Newsletter with an overview of upcoming events
  • Educational Plans for individual classrooms
  • Plans for afternoon classes organized by the preschool
  • Information about psychological or logopedic diagnostics
  • Information about photographing children
  • Information about changes in the schedule, if there are any
  • Information about planned trips

 

Annually we send:

  • School Year Calendar
  • Educational Plan with topics mapped out for the whole school year
  • Twice a year we send reports on the child’s progress

About Lipa

Lipa Learning’s purpose is to give children all over the world access to a complete early years’ foundation and bring families together through positive mutual development. Lipa works towards building a life-long love of learning. Children are our future, and we share one goal with parents: we want to offer them true value.
Though we began as an app developer, we grew to be much more – investing in our own preschool and starting the Lipa Adventure Club that builds skills for life with physical activities and digital learning. Now, along with our new apps, we’re creating a range of products based on 8 curricula that promote holistic childhood development: Real World Activities like crafts, exercises, puzzles and more, which parents and kids can enjoy together and let kids use skills they’ve learned in our apps in the real world; FAQs that inspire curious minds to open discussions with family or friends; and Interactive Storybooks that enhance traditional story time with sensory learning. All our products have been localized into 14 languages – which is only just the start.

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