Our philosophy is to provide the best care and education for children from international backgrounds to prepare them for future challenges wherever they may be.
In The English Playhouse we place a strong emphasis on individual approach to each child. We believe children learn and grow best in a playful environment as well as safety of age appropriate daily routine. We nurture each child’s individual personality and we believe that children’s emotional, social, academic and physical needs are of equal importance.
Agnieszka has a Master’s Degree in Pedagogy from Warsaw University. She has also completed post-graduate studies in Preschool Education. Agnieszka's main theses were on ‘Bilingual children’ and ‘Emotional Development’. Agnieszka has considerable experience in teaching young children as well as running and managing an educational establishment. She is very driven and committed to professional development, both in education and leading the team of the teachers and assistants in her preschool.
Kasia joined The English Playhouse in September 2019. She graduated from Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce with a Master Degree in Pedagogy of Special Education. She also studied Art Therapy at Wszechnica Swietokrzyska in Kielce and English Language at College of North West London in England.
From 2004 until 2018 Kasia lived in London where she gained much experience while working in busy London's Educational fields including Primary, Secondary and Special Needs schools. She completed various courses and trainings related to her profession (Speech and Language therapy, Makaton Sign Language, Ruth Miskin phonics and many more).
Kasia has always wanted to work with children and this is her passion. At present she has a role of Enrolment and Client relation Manager, Teacher and SN Coordinator.
Iwona has been working at The English Playhouse since September 2007. She started as a teacher's assistant and then progressed to a class teacher role. She studied Pedagogy and also has master's degree in preschool and early year's education. She has continued to take part in a variety of different workshops and courses. Some examples of these include the Sherborne Developmental Movement and Brain Gym-Educational Kinesiology.
She is interested in learning about new teaching methods, she likes to introduce new ideas in the class and thanks to years of experience she now works as Early Years Coordinator.
Anna Ochmańska is a preschool teacher with many years experience in working with young children. She started her career after she graduated from Medical High School with specialisation in nursery childcare.
She graduated from the Warsaw University of Pedagogy with Master's degree in preschool education with pedagogical therapy. In 2011 she started working at The English Playhouse.
Her philosophy for teaching is that each child is unique and learns in a different way. Her goal is to equip each child with a strong academic foundation, encourage good character and values and strengthen social skills.
Faculty and administrative staff are carefully chosen for their ability to reflect the values of our preschool. All of our teachers are fluent in English. Many among our teachers have UK experience and some of them hold diplomas from various UK universities and professional development courses. In addition we hire highly qualified support staff such as a speech therapist, psychologist, music, gymnastics, PE and language teachers to supplement our educational team.
We accept children from the age of 1 who can continue their education at our primary school called The English Primary .
Our classrooms are home to a wide variety of nationalities, and whilst we place great importance on the English language, we encourage children to embrace their own nationalities and share information about their home countries with their classmates which can be interesting and fun for all. The majority of our children come from the international community, such as embassies and international companies based in Warsaw
We understand that it is often challenging for families to move to a new country, make new friends, to learn a new language and discover how things work in their new country. We make a special effort to warmly welcome new students and help them quickly settle into their new school. We strive to accommodate new parents in the best possible way by putting them in touch with relevant international groups and other parents in the school from the same nationality. Whilst there is no formal parent-teacher association, there is a friendly group of mums meeting on a regular basis, with and without their children.
As a formally registered educational institution we regularly undergo checks to meet strict health and safety regulations.
We provide a safe and comfortable environment for our children. Our classrooms, play areas and eating areas are well equipped and certified. All our buildings have indoor and outdoor spaces for free play and other activities. Our classrooms combine the most up-to-date learning materials, comprehensive arts and crafts materials, educational games and toys designed to stimulate their imagination.
Our schools are located in the heart of two prime residential, yet quiet and green, areas in the South of the City (Mokotów and Wilanów).
The school's curriculum is based on the Early Years’ Foundation programme set out by the British Government's Department for Education and Skills. It also follows the requirements of the Polish Ministry of Education.
This takes children through key stages of learning and development according to their abilities.
The areas of learning are:
Using the Oxford Reading Tree and Jolly Phonics literacy systems, our older children make huge progress with reading and writing. We use the Abacus materials to introduce them to simple numeracy.
As the English curriculum is known for its emphasis on literacy and numeracy development from an early age, we ensure this is done in a fun and creative way adapting to children's abilities and personalities.