Frequent parenting questions

What if a child still has diapers?

We accompany the child in cooperation and agreement with the parents on the way to becoming dry. It is usually a short transition.

How does the settling-in period go?

You have registered your child with us and the place has been confirmed.

Your child will come to us before the official start on a morning visit to be arranged together. He or she will experience the daily routine once and will then already know what it will be like when school starts.

At the start of school they will have the experience of the first meeting and visit to the school and of their morning visit and will come to us well prepared.

Is it difficult for children from the Montessori School Zurich to integrate into the public school system?

From our longtime experience we can tell you that the children cope well when they change schools.

As with any other change of school, it will take a period of acclimatisation.

We receive very positive feedback from teachers again and again, especially regarding the social interaction with other children, the level of learning, working attitude and inner motivation.

Why do you say work when children play?

Maria Montessori explicitly used the word "work" for the child's play to express her appreciation of the child's work - the work of building up into a human being.

The game is the work of the child. In its work it comes into contact with itself and the object of learning, absorbs during the polarization of attention and thus develops. Montessori rightly calls this creative process «work». In the child this happens with great ease and joy. It also develops a positive association with the term «work», which forms the basis for a fulfilled and satisfying later professional life.

Why are the children not divided by age group but all together in one group?

The classroom instruction in kindergarten and also in school is an artificial structure that does not exist in other areas of life and work. It leads to children often defining themselves through their performance or status. Especially with the high number of individual children, a family-like structure is important for social interaction and learning from each other.

Why are you doing a «znüni» together?

We live in a society that gives more and more weight to the individual and takes less account of the general interest, the "common sense". The child often lives in small family structures and the experience of taking the Znüni in a large group of children promotes a sense of community.