The MIC Montessori Infant Community GmbH already has a nursery at Seestrasse 133 according to the concept from Dr. Maria Montessori. Due to pedagogical reasons and requests from parents, the MIC would like to use the obligatory kindergarten level to offer support according to Montessori until school is started and therefore give the children the possibility to remain in their familiar surroundings.
The concept of the kindergarten level follows the principles of Montessori pedagogy and is subject to the directives from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).
Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952) placed the child and their individual development in the center of her pedagogy. She observed that children from the age group 3 - 6 absorb their environment in an increasingly aware manner and developed materials that serve to encourage specific skills and cognitive abilities.
Corresponding to the respective state of development of each child, these are available in the so-called prepared environment. They support a child in being independent, allow them to refine their senses, obtain linguistic and mathematical competencies and also deal with music, art and culture as well as scientific knowledge.
The special feature of the materials is in their attractiveness. They animate the child to use it. The high potential for stimulus helps the child have deeper concentration during their work, it polarizes the attention. Another special feature is the so-called error control. This includes the possibility of self-checking by the child, who can check the results of their work independently without the help of an adult. This makes the child curious about new discoveries and encourages self-confidence, because making mistakes means trying out new solutions here.
The Montessori materials are divided into the following areas:
The exercises of practical life encourage independence through every day activities with real objects from daily life and support the child in their social development. A logical order and sequence of steps is immanent, which the child must remember to successfully complete the activity.
With the help of sensory materials, surroundings can be explored and experienced with all senses. Abstract terms like large - small, rough - smooth, etc. can be experienced through concrete development material. This prepares them indirectly for the first mathematical experiences. Through sensory perception connected with movement, the establishment of the brain structures is supported in an optimal manner.
The materials for linguistic development support child with their speech comprehension. They lead the child to write and read for the first time. The materials are offered in English and German.
The mathematical materials prepare the child for basic mathematical concepts. Abstract connections are made comprehensible through concrete material. The child develops their understanding for numbers, quantities, weights, the decimal system, and other things.
Music, art, biology, geography, physics … cultural and scientific knowledge is also offered in a child-friendly manner with illustrative materials.
The pedagogy approach has a holistic orientation. At this age level, children develop into social beings. The first friendships are made, social behavior is observed precisely. Social values and standards provide orientation and rules that allow us to live together are conveyed in a consistent, kind manner. Great value is placed on language and attentiveness when dealing with each other.
In terms of "help me do it myself", it is the role of the Montessori educator to always observe precisely and provide respectful support that supports each individual child so that they can reach their goals in their own rhythm independently and thereby gain self-confidence and get to know something new with high motivation.
The kindergarten is open from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.
During the core time from 8:30 am to 12:15 pm, the presence of the children is required in the morning during the five weekdays.
Lunch, afternoon care and flexible times are optional.
There is support during the drop-off time from 7:30 am to 8:30 am and during the pick-up time from 5:15 pm to 6:00 pm.
It is possible to have breakfast in the morning.
During the core time from 8:30 am to 12:15 pm, the defined learning content will be conveyed.
The children have an individual morning snack.
Starting at 12:15 pm, a vegetarian lunch will be offered, which is delivered fresh daily by the Menu & More catering service.
After this, the children can rest or spend time in the garden.
The afternoon includes additional offers like project work, in-depth Montessori work specifically for children 4 and older in language, mathematics and human & environment, preparation for the primary school transition between 3.00 pm and 4.00 pm as well as gueded offers in English, musical-rhythmic education, painting, working, introduction into household activities or excursions as well as an afternoon snack at around 4:00 pm.
The afternoon for younger children is minimally different. There is a defined rest time/afternoon nap for about half an hour.
The day ends at latest at 6:00 pm.
A minimum of five mornings is obligatory. Starting at the age of 4, full-day care is recommended. If the child is required to attend kindergarten according to the curriculum of the canton of Zurich, compulsory attendance is mandatory (except during official cantonal Zurich school holidays during which MIC GmbH is open).
The tuition fee for the
1st year CHF 32'400.00 in 12 monthly instalments at CHF 2'700.00.
2nd year CHF 31'200.00 in 12 monthly instalments at CHF 2'600.00.
3rd year CHF 30'000.00 in 12 monthly instalments at CHF 2'500.00.
The child can leave the MIC until entering the compulsory 1st kindergarten level with due notice.
If the child joins the 1st kindergarten level at the MIC GmbH, subsequent departure is not recommended. Please refer to the contract for the details.
Upon a definitive acceptance, a non-recurring fee of CHF 800.- must be paid.
The MIC Montessori Infant Community GmbH is a privately run facility that does not have any subsidized spaces.
Not included in the parental contribution:
- Hygiene articles
- Admission, tickets for public transportation
- Obligatory health and accident insurance
Liability: Parents are liable for all damage that is caused by their child during their stay at the MIC. MIC is not liable for clothing, toys, etc. or other property that is brought with.
Contract Notes: The contract relationship between the MIC Montessori Infant Community and the parental authority of the child is regulated through the mutually signed childcare contract.
No right to a childcare place for your child can be derived from their current position on the waiting list.
If there is any different information on the website or other publications as well as the childcare contract, the childcare contract always and solely applies.
Familiarization during the beginning: The MIC expects that the parents are present during the first days of the child’s familiarization at the MIC; in agreement with the group leader, they should be available on short notice on other days just to be safe.
Familiarization during the transition: Children who change from the nursery to the kindergarten will initially have internal visits in the 3-6 group with a caretaker on agreement with the parents and group leader. These are expanded depending on the child’s rhythm until the child has gotten used to the new daily structure.