School Information

School Hours

Montessori Little Birds welcomes children from 8:00 to 8:30 am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays, we welcome children to our “Wonderful Wednesdays” English workshops with Bethani Ann.

8:00AM

School doors open and the children arrive

8:30AM

Time to get working in the classroom 

11:30AM

Pick-up time for half-day pupils

11:30AM - 1:00pm

Lunchtime

1:30PM

Pick-up time for half-day pupils after lunch

4:00PM

Pick-up time for full-day pupils

4:00 - 6:00PM

After-school childcare with snack

Lunch Time

Healthy meals for busy birds !

The children have busy days and burn a lot of energy. They need good healthy sustenance to keep them going ! We have taken great care in selecting a local caterer: Revolution Food Sàrl based in nearby Geneva (website in French only). On 12th December 2017 our school and caterer jointly received the « Fourchette Verte – Ama Terra » label – a guarantee for healthy and balanced meals following strict guidelines.

All our meals are 100% vegetarian

  • They are certified by two quality food labels fourchette verte – ama terra (in French only) and GRTA (in English)
  • All the food products used are either organically farmed or contain no additives, colouring or preservatives
  • All their meals are guaranteed « homemade » and offer absolute freshness and quality thanks to their preparation shortly before delivery
  • Sourced from local farmers who respect the environment, by maintaining an ecological balance in their farming processes
  • Produced with an eco initiative to reduce waste in their own production and delivery processes
  • They received the 2017 award from the IDDEA Association in Geneva (Ideas for sustainable development for future enterprises
  • Guaranteed to have “homemade” freshness and quality thanks to their preparation shortly before delivery

School Calendar

The holiday calendar at Little Birds is based on that of the public schools for the Canton of Geneva, with exceptions at the start of term, before the Christmas/New Year, the Easter holidays, Ascension and Pentecost

FAQ

What is the pedagogical philosophy of Montessori schools, and how does it differ from traditional public school methods ?

The Montessori philosophy offers an educational approach that truly places the child at the center of their learning. By focusing on autonomy, self-discipline, and respect for each child's individuality, Montessori pedagogy creates an environment conducive to the flourishing of each student. This stands in contrast to traditional public school methods, which often follow a more directive and uniform model, with teacher-centered instruction. This approach fosters the holistic development of the child, cultivating curiosity, creativity, and self-confidence.

How does Montessori school address the individual needs of each child?

In our classroom, children are encouraged to explore and learn at their own pace, choosing from a variety of activities. We closely observe each child's progress and interests, a feature less common in public schools where programs tend to be more uniform.

How does the classroom setup in a Montessori school differ from a typical classroom ?

Montessori classrooms are designed to promote independence and exploration in children. Children have access to a wide range of activities designed to stimulate their curiosity and creativity. Unlike traditional classrooms found in public schools, Montessori rooms are ergonomically designed to meet the specific needs of children.

What opportunities do parents have to engage with the school community and contribute to their child's education in a Montessori school?

At Montessori Little Birds, we encourage parental participation through collective meetings at the beginning of the school year and annual individual meetings. Additionally, parents have the opportunity to observe classes and their children's work, fostering a close bond between parents and the school.

How are children's progress evaluated in a Montessori school?

Montessori schools generally use a holistic evaluation approach, focusing on the overall development of the child rather than standardized assessments. Progress is continuously and individually tracked, allowing teachers to better understand each child's needs and adapt their teaching accordingly.

How does our Montessori school prepare children for the transition to public education?

By implementing Montessori pedagogy at the core of our program, we ensure to integrate the objectives of the Romand Education Plan (PER), guaranteeing a smooth transition to public education. Our curriculum aims to cultivate key skills such as autonomy, critical thinking, and collaboration, while also developing early language, mathematics, geography, and science skills.

Are there financial support options or aid programs available for families interested in enrolling their child in our school?

We offer various alternatives to make Montessori education accessible to all. Preferential rates are available for enrollments over a period of 2 to 3 years or when the child has already reached the mandatory school age (4 years old by July 31st). Feel free to contact us for more information.

The educators have shown great care in accompanying the learning process and we were happy with the communication and the follow-up.

Mother of Julia aged 5