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Schools

International Nurseries

A list of Catalunya´s International nurseries as recommended to us by our members, and for a fuller picture we have also carried out schools with some of the directors or adminstrative staff. If you would like to recommend an International nursery or day-care centre, please do let us know by sending us your comments

  • English Kinder (Sarria)

    Sarria-based trilingual (English/Spanish/Catalan) nursery and pre-school from 0-6 years. Parental input into how the nursery and pre-school are run is encouraged.
    Iradier 23 Torre Sarria (+34) 934173677 secretaria@englishkinderbarcelona.com. www.englishkinderbarcelona.com

    Comments:
    "The school is open in the summer with a private swimming pool for the children." (July - September)

  • Cigronet dOr

    Recommended by Lisa Richardson

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    More of a crèche than a Guarderia although you can leave children here all day. It is an open space providing toys, painting and drawing materials. Parents are welcome and couches are provided. There is a multilingual staff. The cost is 5 Euros per hour for children without an adult, 4 Euros per hour if accompanied by an adult. 9:30am-1:30pm and 5-8pm.
    Consell de Cent 445-449, entlo 1-A 932469463 www.cigronetdor.com

    Comments:
    "Open during July & August. You can hire the space for children´s parties."

  • Frindel (Diagonal Mar)

    Recommended by Isabelle van Ingen

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    International private nursery in Diagonal Mar with emphasis on play and education in open spaces. Parents are allowed to participate. The nursery is mainly Castellano speaking and hours are flexible
    Passeig Taulat 228-232 (Bajos) 676572161 www.frindel.net

    Comments:
    "What I like about Frindel is that they are flexible (we pay for the mornings....and that is from 9.00 - 12.30). Luc never comes in at 9 o´clock because he sleeps so long and then has breakfast etc. He comes whenever he is ready. We basically come and go how it is convenient for us and they don´t make problems out of that. People are really friendly. Luc is always smiling when he goes, which is a good sign. They have a program and do different things to develop physical and mental things. In their window they show every week new things that the kids have made. Also, he is playing there with lots of kids who he knows from our development / community area as Frindel is across the street so many kids from the neighbourhood go there"  (IV, My 07)

    Click here for an school with Frindel´s Mariana Suarez

  • Bcn Kinder (Gothic Quarter)

    Recommended by Julie Haselmayer

     

    Private multilingual (German/Catalan) non-profit Guarderia for children aged 1-6 years in the heart of the Barrio Gotico. Organic food. Outside space and they also have outings at least twice a week. Flexible hours and mixed groups based on the German system. Children are divided into 4 separate groups, adding up to about 50 children in total. 
    C/Belafila 4 932682578 info@bcn-kinder.org www.bcn-kinder.org

    Comments: 
    "The guarderia has an internet-based forum for parents and is considered to be educación alternativa."

     

  • Noah´s Ark (Esplugues)

    Recommended by Kathy Burns

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    Trilingual international nursery located in a large house in Esplugues.
    Calle Doctor Ferran, 74 Esplugues de Llobregat Barcelona 934735371 info@noahsark.es, www.noahsark.es

    Comments:
    "He absolutely loves it and so do we as parents. The director, Gilda, is super. Shes flexible with everything. Its all a la carte, so you pay for what you use, which is highly unregular. I can only speak for the baby class, which there is only three at the moment with two caretakers. This is their first year taking babies and she says shes learning as she goes, and shes doing a terrific job. Alex does so many fun things and interacts with the older kids as well. Their facility is phenomenal with lots of natural light, big outdoor playground, garden, eating room, big classrooms and decorated with fun colors. They also have a webcam so I can see Alex at my computer at home/work" (KB, May 2007)

    "At Noahs Ark we believe that every child has an innate desire to explore and learn, so we use this natural curiosity as a starting point for our teaching. We educate children using the "active methodology" model, as integrated approach that enables children to develop emotional, physical, and intellectual autonomy. Our educators are trained to respect the natural rhythms of each child, whilst also encouraging the children to participate in daily routines and develop positive habits" (GB, May 2007)

    Click here for the full interview with Director Gilda Beraha

  • Xantala (Poble Nou)

    Recommended by Margaret West

    Tri-lingual (English, Catalan, Castellano) nursery based on Montessori philosophy for children aged 1-6 years in Poble Nou. Comes highly recommended. Parental participation encouraged. Hours 8:30am-3pm and there are also part-time options
    C/Maria Aguilo 111 664580347 info@xantala.net, www.xantala.net

    Comments:
    "Xantala also offers summer schools."

  • The Playhouse

    Recommended by Zoe Koumbouzi

    Centro Yoga Om, Vilanova i la Geltru Image

    Calle Mozart, 10, bajos 933687834 or 661469419 info@theplayhousebcn.net www.theplayhousebcn.net

    Comments:
    "The Playhouse is a brilliant example of child centred play that works. they let you do the settling in period as long as suits you (in my case 5 weeks!) and are very big on being in touch with the parents, to the point that sarah writes a summary at the end of each day of what they did so you can talk about it with your child (as if she didnt have enough work with her own business and mum of 2!). The food is lovely and organic, the children are happy. Luca had a biting issue when he started there, but with Sarah´s help and consistency we stopped it. They are amazingly committed and capable and I recommend it without any hesitation". (ZK, March 2007)

    "Child-centred mixture of free play and more structured activities. Based on elements of UK playgroup movement and Montessori (" A childs work is play"). We are not a Montessori school though, that is something quite different. Also influenced by Scandinavian model of early childhood ed. (v. free play based, lots of positive reinforcement, positive "discipline" working on emotions, etc.)"(Director Sarah Yandell, May 2007)

     

  • Little Land (Sant Gervasi)

    Recommended by Moira Reyes Romero

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    International tri-lingual Nursery in Sant Gervasi based on Wardorf and Montessori education. Small groups. Webcam. 8-5pm Monday to Friday. They also open at weekends for children´s parties. The nursery is also open in August and organizes Christmas, Easter & summer camps.
    Ronda General Mitre, 132 , 932092221 info@littlelandbcn.comwww.littlelandbcn.com

    Comments:
    "Estoy encantada con Little Land Bcn. Llegué a Barcelona en Octubre del 2007 y buscaba una guardería en la que fundamentalmente mi hijo tuviera una educación bilingüe inglés-castellano, las profesoras son nativas, me gusta el trato que reciben los niños, la cercanía entre los profesores y los padres, haciéndonos partícipes, en todo momento, de todo lo concerniente a nuestros hijos. Somos informados diariamente de los progresos y actividades de los niños. Podemos ir en cualquier momento a visitar la guardería, otra de las características que me hizo elegir a Little Land es que utilizan el Método Montessori, el respeto al niño y en su capacidad de aprender. Mi mayor satisfacción: Ver a mi hijo ir  féliz todas las mañanas a la guardería, escucharlo cantar las canciones que aprende, ver los trabajos que hace. Ver sus progresos día a día" (MR, Feb 2008)


    "Our philosophy is based on Waldorf and Montessori methodologies, in which children are driven towards a balanced and clear development of their intellect, towards a rich sense of art and a healthy and active goodwill in a way that their thoughts, feelings and actions confront everyday lifes challenges. Children absorb like sponges all the necessary and requiring information for their every day actions. Children learn to talk, write and read the same way they learn to crawl, walk, and run, that is to say, in a spontaneous manner. That’s why we based our ideas by respecting the child’s own capacity to learn. In this way she reaches adulthood with the capacity to face up to living problems"(AG, March 2008)

     

    Click here to read the full interview with Ariana Garí

  • Tutor Kids (Putxet)

    Recommended by Tiffany Doyne-Titmas

    Tutor Kids prides itself in claiming to be one of the only fully compliant guardarias in central Barcelona with all necessary licensing, qualified teachers, fire regulations (fire walls and doors) patio and own entrance. They are trilingual as opposed to openly international, about a third are foreign and English is introduced in P1 and then extended for 2-3 afternoons a week in P2 with singing and activities carried out in English. 
    Their program is based upon play, song and creative activities that focus non language and communication. They also aim to develop co-ordination skills with formal ball skill activities, including ball kicking, ball throwing and golf. 
    C/Musitu 13-15 - 08023 Barcelona - (+34) 932531066 / 645257553 www.tutorkids.net
     

    Comments:
    Webcams available and parent interaction encouraged

    "What´s great about Tutorkids is the care your children receive. The girls that look after Hugo, our 1 year old, really enjoy their work with the children and delight in telling me how he is developing and what activities they have done that day.  We also have regular reviews on his progress and plans for his development for the following term. Lexi, now 4, also went to Tutorkids and she loved her swimming classes, gym, painting and singing: and she still talks about the staff who looked after her over a year ago!
    Tutorkids gives me real peace of mind as Hugo spends his time away from me in a light and airy building purpose built for childrens´safety and development and the webcam means I can log on  to see how he´s getting along at any time. Also as my work hours vary the flexible pay per hour timetable is a real bonus". (TD-T, Dec 2007)

     

    Click here to read an interview with owner Alex Martin

  • Hamelin International Nursery (Barcelona)

    Recommended by Lara Pennington

    Hamelin International Nursery opened in 2007 and is based in the Vila Olimpica area of Barcelona. It offers a trilngual education for children up to 3 years.Flexible timetable and extracurricular activities available for children aged 3 to 12 years. 
    Hamelin Vila Olímpica, c/ Salvador Espriu, 27 (+34) 932241250 www.escolessas.com

    Comments:
    "Zander started at 11 months and after the initial "adaptation" (aka: 2 week crying period - which I hears pretty normal ?) hes now loving it!  Right opposite the Hotel Arts in the Vila Olimpica, its trilingual English, Castellano, Catalan and they have a very flexible timetable. Id guess almost half the kids/parents are "guiri" from various parts of the world so its a nice mix." (LP, May 2008)

     

  • Bcn Kinder - Poble Nou

    Recommended by Esther Jones

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    Kinder Barcelona is an alternative place for children up to the age of 10 years and their families. Its is a new initiative in teaching, personalised to your child’s overall development. The educational objective is to enhance the children’s autonomy, social skills and languages, to prepare them for their next school in Catalonia or in another country.
    C/ Llatzeret 9 bajos, 08005 Barcelona
    100 mt next to the metro station Poblenou, Metro L3 , 647952260 espaiinfantil@gmail.com
    www.kinder-barcelonacat.blogspot.com/2009/01/kinder-barcelona-espai-infantil-i.html

    Comments:
    ""The classes are very small and the carers really get to know the children and their individual personalities. Ive been impressed at each parents meeting how well they understand Dylan. We had a particularly long transition phase during which all the staff were very supportive and patient. I think that they strike a very good balance between structure and rules and free time and individual expression. Its a very containing and caring environment for young children. Dylan is in the English group, but there is also a German group and a Catalan group. The premises arent big but the kids spend lots of time outdoors in the garden or in the park, so they get lots of fresh air and exercise. Id recommend it very highly". (EJ, May 2007)

  • Hamelin International Nursery (Alella)

    Recommended by Jane Mitchell

    The Hamelin Guarderia is located in the same place as the main school.
    C/ Riera de la Coma Fosca , nº 3-5
    08328 - Alella-Barcelona , (+34) 935552296 hamelin@escolessas.com

    Comments:
    "My son  took about a week to adapt to his new routine and is now very happy. The trilingual structure is present from the beginning: the daily language of the guardaria is Catalan but the children also have one hour of English and one activity in Spanish each day. The drawback with the guardaria is that there is one set price per month whether your child attends for half a day or a full day. My son is the only child who is collected after lunch; all the others stay for the full day. We decided that the transition to P3 would hopefully be easy as he already knows the school." (JM, May 2008)

  • Kids Park and The Early Childhood Unit

    Kids Park (0 - 2) and The Early Childhood Unit (ECU) (2 -5) are both owned by Escaan International School
    Passeig Isaac Albeniz s/n, 08870 Sitges, 938942040 info@escaan.com www.escaan.com

    Comments:
    "Good starting block for English and great for stimulating young children. Good for making friends. Teachers really friendly and caring and happy to give cuddles to the children. Cheerful classrooms. Activities and Concerts. Mix of nationalities." (Caroline Powers, Oct 2007)

  • The Early Years

    Recommended by Rebecca Laidlaw

    The Early Years is a child minding service for children up to the age of five (maximum of five children per time) run by Melissa Boddy - qualified English nursery teacher with 20 years experience. Based in Can Roca (Near Mas Mestre Swimming Pool)
    650173807

    Comments:

    Melissa offers daycare in English for babies and toddlers up to the age of 5. Children play in a friendly, safe home environment with an enclosed private garden space for outdoor play. Melissa offers a pick up service from Castelldefels and Sitges. Oliver (aged 8 months) has just started going there and absolutely loves it. Melissa is full of genuine enthusiasm and goes that extra mile to make both the children and parents feel totally at ease. (RL, Sept 2007)

    "Melissa took care of my older daughter, now 3 and a half, from the age of 18 month to the entrance at school. the beginning have been so easy thanks to the gentleness of melissa, and her large experience of babies and toddlers. all children i have seen in her nursery are obviously very happy. melissas nursery is a kind of paradise for babies and children, full of toys. melissa organize a large range of activities for children. without hesitating a second, i left my second daughter in melissas care at the age of 9 months. she loves to go there" (Vera Miline, Feb 2012)

  • Little Ducky - St Cugat

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    Multilingual family-run nursery based in Sant Cugat for babies and toddlers from 9 months. The groups are very small and the approach is very personalized. Comes highly recommended.
    C/ Joan XXIII, Nº 31 T. 935891704 www.littleducky.com

    "We are more than happy that we chose Little Ducky for our kids first introduction to school life. Little Ducky is not just a day-care, but a serious school completely devoted to well-being of the little ones. Little Ducky allowed us to be 100% worry free. Its caring, experienced and professional teachers provide unprecedented education in a homey atmosphere by paying attention to each kids needs. We have been always well informed by the staff. The result is happy kids and parents. We highly recommend Little Ducky, especially if you are looking for English education. It is an amazing school." (Yaprak and Anthony Teillet, May 2007)

  • Afind Deutsch - St Cugat

    Recommended by Judith de La Vega

    German and Spanish speaking Ludoteca/Kindergarten.
    C/ Barcelona 27 08172 Sant Cugat del Vallès (+34) 936751909 or 679740483

    Comments:
    "It has an integrated Language school so mum can boost her Spanish and German at the same time!" (JDV, April 2007)

  • Planet English Morning Club - Sitges

    Recommended by Carolin Munter

    Planet English Morning Club is a unique educational experience offering a full Primary curriculum taught in English in the mornings to children between 2 and 5 . Maximum of 18 children with at least 3 qualified, caring and experienced teachers, Planet English Club has large open plan premises, a good range of teaching resources and a library corner. The aim is quality personalized teaching to very a limited group.We like to work very closely with the family and believe that education should be fun and stimulating at this age. Interested families are welcome to come for a hands on visit and join in some of the activities.
    Calle Germans Maristes 2A. 938111749 www.planetenglishclub.com

    Click here to read an interview with Briget Nelson, co-founder of Planet English

  • Momo espai deducacio integral

    Recommended by Marcella Moohan

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    Momo is a group of families and teachers who have come together to create a space where children (from 1-6 years old) can discover, experiment and communicate in their hundred languages.Avda. de la Miranda 18, Esplugues de Llobregat. 603 535 680, equipopedagogico@momoespai
    www.momoespai.com

    Comments:
    "My eldest son went there until we moved to Dubai when it was called Blossom International Kindergarten. It closed down and then a group of parents and staff members got together to re-open as a cooperative. My second son  is at Momo for July  and the difference
    to his nursery in Dubai is astonishing: he is much, much more collaborative, confident and autonomous. And best of all, he has completely stopped biting other kids.  The schools philosophy is that kids should be provided with the freedom to grow and learn in a loving environment with clearly defined limits, where they are respected and respect others. Momo provides a triligual environment (Spanish, Catalan and English) where the  educators respond to the child in the language he or she chooses. The centre accepts kids aged one to six years old. The other great thing   is that Momo has a huge garden where the children can investigate, play and learn"
    (MM, July 2011)
     

  • The Saplings, Sitges

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    The Saplings in Sitges is part of the Olive Tree School

    Click here to read an interview with Headteacher Audrey Reeder

  • Momo Espai

    Recommended by Marcella Moohan

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    Momo is a group of families and teachers who have come together to create a space where children (from 1-6 years old) can discover, experiment and communicate in their hundred languages.
    Avda. de la Miranda 18, Esplugues de Llobregat. 603535680 equipopedagogico@momoespai
    www.momoespai.com

    COMMENTS
    "My eldest son went there until we moved to Dubai when it was called Blossom International Kindergarten. It closed down and then a group of parents and staff members got together to re-open as a cooperative. My second son  is at Momo for July  and the difference
    to his nursery in Dubai is astonishing: he is much, much more collaborative, confident and autonomous. And best of all, he has completely stopped biting other kids.  The school's philosophy is that kids should be provided with the freedom to grow and learn in a loving environment with clearly defined limits, where they are respected and respect others. Momo provides a triligual environment (Spanish, Catalan and English) where the  educators respond to the child in the language he or she chooses. The centre accepts kids aged one to six years old. The other great thing   is that Momo has a huge garden where the children can investigate, play and learn"
    (MM, July 2011)

     

  • The Saplings, Sitges

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    The Saplings is be a UK-style Early Years centre with fully-trained British government teachers.
    It has a beautiful 500 m grassy garden, a 700 m gym and shares all facilities with The Olive Tree School (see International schools section).
    They are situated 5 minutes’ drive from Sitges in Sant Pere de Ribes.
    Rambla de Garraf 21, Sant Pere de Ribes ,info@olivetreeschool.es www.olivetreeschool.net

     

  • Afind Deutsch, Sant Cugat

    Recommended by Judith de la Vega

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    German and Spanish speaking Ludoteca/Kindergarten.
    C/ Barcelona 27,  08172 Sant Cugat del Vallès (+34) 936751909 / 679740483, www.afind-deutsch.es/contacto.html

    COMMENTS
    "It has an integrated Language school so mum can boost her Spanish and German at the same time!" (JDV, April 2007)

     

  • Bcn Kinder, Poble Nou

    Recommended by Esther Jones

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    Kinder Barcelona is an alternative place for children up to the age of 10 years and their families. Its is a new initiative in teaching, personalised to your child’s overall development. The educational objective is to enhance the children’s autonomy, social skills and languages, to prepare them for their next school in Catalonia or in another country.
    C/ Llatzeret 9 bajos, 08005 Barcelona
    100 mt next to the metro station Poblenou, Metro L3 , 647952260 , espaiinfantil@gmail.com
    www.kinderbarcelona.org/ca/mapa/

    COMMENTS
    "The classes are very small and the carers really get to know the children and their individual personalities. I've been impressed at each parents meeting how well they understand Dylan. We had a particularly long transition phase during which all the staff were very supportive and patient. I think that they strike a very good balance between structure and rules and free time and individual expression. It's a very containing and caring environment for young children. Dylan is in the English group, but there is also a German group and a Catalan group. The premises aren't big but the kids spend lots of time outdoors in the garden or in the park, so they get lots of fresh air and exercise. I'd recommend it very highly". (EJ, May 2007)

     

  • Bcn Kinder, Gothic Quarter

    Recommended by Julie Haselmayer

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    Private multilingual (German/Catalan) non-profit Guarderia for children aged 1-6 years in the heart of the Barrio Gotico. Organic food. Outside space and they also have outings at least twice a week. Flexible hours and mixed groups based on the German system. Children are divided into 4 separate groups, adding up to about 50 children in total.  Comments:
    The guarderia has an internet-based forum for parents and is considered to be 'educación alternativa.
     C/Belafila 4 932682578 info@bcn-kinder.org www.bcn-kinder.org

     

  • English Kinder (Sarriá)

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    Sarria-based trilingual (English/Spanish/Catalan) nursery and pre-school from 0-6 years. Parental input into how the nursery and pre-school are run is encouraged.
    Iradier 23 Torre Sarria , (+34) 934173677 secretaria@englishkinderbarcelona.com. www.englishkinderbarcelona.com

    COMMENTS
    The school is open in the summer with a private swimming pool for the children (July – September)

     

  • Frindel (Diagonal Mar)

    Recommended by Isabelle van Ingen

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    International private nursery in Diagonal Mar with emphasis on play and education in open spaces. Parents are allowed to participate. The nursery is mainly Castellano speaking and hours are flexible 
    Passeig Taulat 228-232 (Bajos) 676572161 www.frindel.net

    COMMENTS
    "What I like about Frindel is that they are flexible (we pay for the mornings....and that is from 9.00 - 12.30). Luc never comes in at 9 o´clock because he sleeps so long and then has breakfast etc. He comes whenever he is ready. We basically come and go how it is convenient for us and they don´t make problems out of that. People are really friendly. Luc is always smiling when he goes, which is a good sign. They have a program and do different things to develop physical and mental things. In their window they show every week new things that the kids have made. Also, he is playing there with lots of kids who he knows from our development / community area as Frindel is across the street so many kids from the neighbourhood go there"  (IV, My 07)

     

  • Hamelin International Nursery (Barcelona)

    Recommended by Lara Pennington

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    Hamelin International Nursery opened in 2007 and is based in the Vila Olimpica area of Barcelona. It offers a trilngual education for children up to 3 years.Flexible timetable and extracurricular activities available for children aged 3 to 12 years.
    Hamelin Vila Olímpica, c/ Salvador Espriu, 27 (+34) 932241250 www.escolessas.com

    COMMENTS
    "Zander started at 11 months and after the initial "adaptation" (aka: 2 week crying period - which I hear's pretty normal ?) he's now loving it!  Right opposite the Hotel Arts in the Vila Olimpica, its trilingual English, Castellano, Catalan and they have a very flexible timetable. I'd guess almost half the kids/parents are "guiri" from various parts of the world so its a nice mix." (LP, May 2008)

     

  • Hamelin International Nursery (Alella)

    Recommended by Jane Mitchell

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    The Hamelin Guarderia is located in the same place as the main school.
    C/ Riera de la Coma Fosca , nº 3-5
    08328 - Alella-Barcelona 935552296 hamelin@escolessas.com

    COMMENTS
    "My son  took about a week to adapt to his new routine and is now very happy. The trilingual structure is present from the beginning: the daily language of the guardaria is Catalan but the children also have one hour of English and one activity in Spanish each day. The drawback with the guardaria is that there is one set price per month whether your child attends for half a day or a full day. My son is the only child who is collected after lunch; all the others stay for the full day. We decided that the transition to P3 would hopefully be easy as he already knows the school." (JM, May 2008)

     

  • Kids Park and the Early Childhood Unit

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    Kids Park (0 - 2) and The Early Childhood Unit (ECU) (2 -5) are both owned by Escaan International School.
    Passeig Isaac Albeniz s/n, 08870 Sitges, (+34) 938942040 info@escaan.com  www.internationalschoolbarcelona.com/web/english/childhood-education

    COMMENTS
    "Good starting block for English and great for stimulating young children. Good for making friends. Teachers really friendly and caring and happy to give cuddles to the children. Cheerful classrooms. Activities and Concerts. Mix of nationalities." (Caroline Powers, Oct 2007)

     

  • Little Land (Sant Gervasi)

    Recommended by Moira Reyes Romero

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    International tri-lingual Nursery in Sant Gervasi based on Wardorf and Montessori education. Small groups. Webcam. 8-5pm Monday to Friday. They also open at weekends for children´s parties. The nursery is also open in August and organizes Christmas, Easter & summer camps.
    Ronda General Mitre, 132 , (+34) 932092221 info@littlelandbcn.com www.littlelandbcn.com

    COMMENTS
    "Estoy encantada con Little Land Bcn. Llegué a Barcelona en Octubre del 2007 y buscaba una guardería en la que fundamentalmente mi hijo tuviera una educación bilingüe inglés-castellano, las profesoras son nativas, me gusta el trato que reciben los niños, la cercanía entre los profesores y los padres, haciéndonos partícipes, en todo momento, de todo lo concerniente a nuestros hijos. Somos informados diariamente de los progresos y actividades de los niños. Podemos ir en cualquier momento a visitar la guardería, otra de las características que me hizo elegir a Little Land es que utilizan el Método Montessori, el respeto al niño y en su capacidad de aprender. Mi mayor satisfacción: Ver a mi hijo ir  féliz todas las mañanas a la guardería, escucharlo cantar las canciones que aprende, ver los trabajos que hace. Ver sus progresos día a día"" (MR, Feb 2008)

    "Our philosophy is based on Waldorf and Montessori methodologies, in which children are driven towards a balanced and clear development of their intellect, towards a rich sense of art and a healthy and active goodwill in a way that their thoughts, feelings and actions confront everyday life's challenges. Children absorb like sponges all the necessary and requiring information for their every day actions. Children learn to talk, write and read the same way they learn to crawl, walk, and run, that is to say, in a spontaneous manner. That’s why we based our ideas by respecting the child’s own capacity to learn. In this way she reaches adulthood with the capacity to face up to living problems" (AG, March 2008)

     

  • Noah's Ark (Espluges)

    Recommended by Kathy Burns

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    Trilingual international nursery located in a large house in Esplugues.Calle Doctor Ferran, 74 Esplugues de Llobregat Barcelona , (+34) 934735371 info@noahsark.es, www.noahsark.es

    COMMENTS
    "He absolutely loves it and so do we as parents. The director, Gilda, is super. She's flexible with everything. It's all a la carte, so you pay for what you use, which is highly unregular. I can only speak for the baby class, which there is only three at the moment with two caretakers. This is their first year taking babies and she says she's learning as she goes, and she's doing a terrific job. Alex does so many fun things and interacts with the older kids as well. Their facility is phenomenal with lots of natural light, big outdoor playground, garden, eating room, big classrooms and decorated with fun colors. They also have a webcam so I can see Alex at my computer at home/work" (KB, May 2007) "At Noah's Ark we believe that every child has an innate desire to explore and learn, so we use this natural curiosity as a starting point for our teaching. We educate children using the "active methodology" model, as integrated approach that enables children to develop emotional, physical, and intellectual autonomy. Our educators are trained to respect the natural rhythms of each child, whilst also encouraging the children to participate in daily routines and develop positive habits" (GB, May 2007)

     

  • Planet English Morning Club (Sitges)

    Recommended by Carolin Munter

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    Planet English Morning Club is a unique educational experience offering a full Primary curriculum taught in English in the mornings to children between 2 and 5 . Maximum of 18 children with at least 3 qualified, caring and experienced teachers, Planet English Club has large open plan premises, a good range of teaching resources and a library corner. The aim is quality personalized teaching to very a limited group.They like to work very closely with the family and believe that education should be fun and stimulating at this age. Interested families are welcome to come for a hands on visit and join in some of the activities.
    Calle Germans Maristes 2A. (+34) 938111749  www.planetenglishmorningclub.com/Aboutus.php

     

     

     

  • The Early Years

    Recommended by Rebecca Laidlaw

    The Early Years is a child minding service for children up to the age of five (maximum of five children per time) run by Melissa Boddy - qualified English nursery teacher with 20 years experience. Based in Can Roca (Near Mas Mestre Swimming Pool)650173807

    COMMENTS
    "Melissa offers daycare in English for babies and toddlers up to the age of 5. Children play in a friendly, safe home environment with an enclosed private garden space for outdoor play. Melissa offers a pick up service from Castelldefels and Sitges. Oliver (aged 8 months) has just started going there and absolutely loves it. Melissa is full of genuine enthusiasm and goes that extra mile to make both the children and parents feel totally at ease. (RL, Sept 2007)

    "Melissa took care of my older daughter, now 3 and a half, from the age of 18 month to the entrance at school. the beginning have been so easy thanks to the gentleness of melissa, and her large experience of babies and toddlers. all children i have seen in her nursery are obviously very happy. melissa's nursery is a kind of paradise for babies and children, full of toys. melissa organize a large range of activities for children. without hesitating a second, i left my second daughter in melissa's care at the age of 9 months. she loves to go there" (Vera Miline, Feb 2012)

     

  • The Playhouse

    Recommended by Zoe Koumbouzi

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    Progressive International daycare centre in Gracia with flexible and part-time options. Parents welcome. Organic food. Open space. Run by British mother of two Sarah Yandell.
    Calle Mozart, 10, bajos  (+34) 933687834 or 661469419 info@theplayhousebcn.net www.theplayhousebcn.net

    COMMENTS
    "The Playhouse is a brilliant example of child centred play that works. they let you do the settling in period as long as suits you (in my case 5 weeks!) and are very big on being in touch with the parents, to the point that sarah writes a summary at the end of each day of what they did so you can talk about it with your child (as if she didnt have enough work with her own business and mum of 2!). The food is lovely and organic, the children are happy. Luca had a biting issue when he started there, but with Sarah´s help and consistency we stopped it. They are amazingly committed and capable and I recommend it without any hesitation". (ZK, March 2007)

    "Child-centred mixture of free play and more structured activities. Based on elements of UK playgroup movement and Montessori (" A child's work is play"). We are not a Montessori school though, that is something quite different. Also influenced by Scandinavian model of early childhood ed. (v. free play based, lots of positive reinforcement, positive "discipline" working on emotions, etc.)" (Director Sarah Yandell, May 2007)

     

  • Xantala

    Tri-lingual (English, Catalan, Castellano) nursery based on Montessori philosophy for children aged 1-6 years in Poble Nou. Comes highly recommended. Parental participation encouraged. Hours 8:30am-3pm and there are also part-time options
    c/Pere IV 190 (cerca de la Rambla del Poblenou) info@xantala.es
    664580347 www.xantala.es

     

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