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Contacts:
Mammolina Children's Home
Montessori Kindergarten
School location: Chaoyang District, Xiangjiang Beilu, Liyuan Xiaoqu A36
Postal Address: Jianguomen Guojiyouju 100600-6739
Beijing 100600
PR of CHINA
Tel. (8610) 84705128
Fax. (8610) 84705127

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE SCHOOL AND ITS SERVICES:
This page attempts to answer any questions you may have which are specific to our school. For any questions you may have regarding Montessori philosophy or principles please see our FAQs page. If there are any questions which are not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please click here to email us.

  

 

  SCHOOL HOURS

     Regular School Hours:

 
Children are expected to arrive between 8:15 and 8:25 a.m., and begin working by 8:30 a.m.  Lunch starts at 12:00 p.m.  Class ends at 3:30 p.m., and children are expected to be picked up no later than 3:45 p.m.

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     After School Care:
 
We do not at present offer after school care. In the event of unavoidable delays, parents are expected to notify MCH as soon as they find out they will be unable to pick up their children by 3:45 p.m. A late collection charge may be levied if children are repeatedly picked up later than 3:45 p.m.

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     Mornings Only Enrolment:
 
We do have a limited number of half-day openings (mornings), because we recognize that some parents feel that it eases their children's transition from home to school. Some children need this as it is their first time away from home. We do, however, encourage parents to enroll their children for the full day program. Children benefit far more from the full day than from a half-day program as they can respond to their own needs and natural rhythms, working and resting according to their own timing. When attending only half-days, children lose that continuum that is so important for their development.

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     Extra-Curricular Programs:
 
The Montessori curriculum is a holistic integrated program which covers all aspects of early childhood development. For this reason we do not currently offer extra-curricular programs. Should there be a need for any extra-curricular or after-school programs in the future, these will be offered in addition to normal tuition fees.

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  LANGUAGE POLICY:
  We offer an English-Chinese bilingual environment. Language acquisition is an important part of the child's work. Our prepared environment directresses (teachers) and assistants work as facilitators and help children in this process, acquiring the necessary speaking, reading and writing skills. Children of all languages will be welcomed, and we hope to host visiting teachers and professionals who are either native or fluent speakers in other languages, such as Spanish and French, for example.

FAQ: Won't so many languages confuse children? [ --> ]

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  ENROLMENT POLICY:

     Ages:

 


Mammolina Children's Home accepts new children between the ages of 2 1/2 to 7 years. The environment is presently able to accommodate children up to age 7 1/2. (Your child must turn 7 on or after Jan. 15 to enroll).

Montessori classrooms are prepared for a mixed age group, usually spanning 3 years, sometimes more. This is one of the key principles in Montessori, and is essential for the success of the program. Children are often able to learn more easily from each other than from adults.

FAQ: Why do children stay for a three year program? [Go to the FAQs]
 

FAQ: Do you offer separate classes from children of different ages, according to their needs?  [ --> ]

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     Toilet Training:
 
We require children to be basically toilet trained (no diapers). As toilet training is an important step towards independence, we understand children's needs and support their development also in this aspect, so do not worry about occasional accidents. That is one of the reasons why all children are required to bring a full change of clothes to school.

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  STAFF:
     Staff/Child Ratio:
  The child-adult ratio we offer is 7 to 1. Our directresses are native English and Chinese speakers. MCH also invites artists, professionals and other experts to further enrich the curriculum and to run workshops for parents and students of early childhood education.

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     Staff Qualifications And Training:
 
Directresses at MCH are AMS and MCI certified. Assistants receive professional training in-house on a regular basis, and interns may occasionally spend one year working with us as they work towards their Montessori certification. At MCH, all staff receive special training and are required to have at least a basic knowledge of Montessori principles and philosophy.

FAQ: Are Montessori Directresses trained in any special way?  [ --> ]

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     Professional Development Days:
  These are days set aside by MCH for staff refresher courses, meetings, preparation of materials, and other school business. We do not schedule Professional Development Days during normal class days/hours. Professional Development Days are always scheduled over breaks and holidays, and, if needed, on Saturdays.
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  FINANCIAL MATTERS:
     Tuition Fee:
 
Please contact our administration office for the latest updated information.

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     Capital Levy:
  We do not charge Capital Levy.

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     Sibling Discount:
 
Please contact our administration office for the latest updated information.

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     Financial Assistance and Scholarships:
 
We operate as a non-profit, and our number one priority is to serve children and their families. As a service to the community, we strive to meet the needs of children, families and our staff. We offer scholarships in special cases. Please contact our administration office for more information.

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  RELIGION AND CELEBRATIONS:
  We are a nondenominational kindergarten and accept children of all nationalities, races, cultural and religious backgrounds. While we do not promote any particular religion, we nurture diversity and respect for differences through our cultural program. Montessori education is Education for Peace. At MCH, children learn about all cultures and creeds.

MCH also welcomes parents who may be willing to share their time and culture with our community to take part in our activities, as part of cultural and social studies. Because MCH is a carefully prepared environment, it is important that everything that happens is in keeping with the general ethos of a Montessori program.

If, as a parent of a child enrolled at MCH, you would like to help us celebrate a special holiday, or share a special tradition, our staff can work with you to prepare and present it.

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  BIRTHDAYS
  Celebrations play an important part in our curriculum. One of these is each child's birthday.  It is traditional in Montessori schools to celebrate birthdays, not with a party, but with a special Celebration of Life. Instead of birthday cake and party bags, there is a special program which helps the children understand their own personal history, and their place in the Cosmos. With the help of their parents, children bring to school their own timeline of life, with photos of birth, and one for each year of age. They walk around the Sun, one full circle for each year of life, and as they learn about time, they also realize how important they are, and how their lives are part of the Human Family History... The Earth's History... and the History of the Universe...

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  COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PARENTS AND SCHOOL:
  Parents and caretakers are welcome to contact the school at any time to obtain information about school policies, find out about their child's progress or for any other reason.

Once your child is enrolled, your family will be assigned a MCH P.O.BOX at school that will be used to convey information sheets, newsletters, notes and reports.

The MCH website will provide yet another way for the school and parents to keep in touch.

Please check also with our administration office for forms that can be used for suggestions and other comments.

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  OBSERVATION & SCHOOL VISITS:
  Parents and caretakers are welcome to visit the school. For school visits and classroom observations we ask parents to call our administration office, and make an appointment, so we can make sure that a member or our staff is available to welcome you and answer your questions.

If you would like to take a tour of the school, including the classroom, the visit must be scheduled for a time between 4 and 5 p.m.

If you would like to observe the children working, we do not restrict observation time. You can come and stay for a full day, if you wish to do so, as our classroom offers an upper level observation balcony and rest area. Our staff will welcome you, and hand you the "Classroom Observation Rules" which must be followed in order not to disturb the children/classroom activity.

IMPORTANT: Please take notice that classroom observations will be scheduled starting after the October 1rst break only.

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  DRESS CODE:
  There is no school uniform, although we will have personalized items on offer. In some cases these will be at extra cost, but parents are not obligated to purchase any such items.

The dress code is "simple and comfortable."  Children are not allowed to wear any items of clothing that in any way promote violence and/or discrimination.

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  TRANSPORT:
  We offer limited transportation services.  Please contact our administration office for more details.

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If you have a question that is not answered here, please email us.

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