Apple Tree is an international kindergarten and nursery located in the green 2nd district. They provide high quality English language education and care for children aged 16 months to 6 years in a homely atmosphere where every child feels special.
Interview with Edina Stöllinger of Apple Tree Kindergarten & Nursery
What was the main reason to create Apple Tree and what were the hopes when it started out?
We wanted to create a unique place for children. A place where they feel appreciated and special and are therefore open to learn new things and grow. We aimed to build a multicultural, international community where our families feel at home. We hope to offer the highest quality service for the families who trust us with their precious ones.
What does your kindergarten do that makes it really special?
We work with excellent teachers and we do our best to have a steady team. We are proud that our teachers love working here; they are creative, motivated and enthusiastic and therefore offer an excellent program. We aim to create an inviting environment for the children and provide all the necessary equipment for their development. Our management has business and communications background and professional kindergarten teaching skills as well, which is the perfect combination for the best results.
What is the major focus of Apple Tree's program?
There are two main focuses: physical education and educating our children about the love of nature and the protection of our environment.
We keep the children very active with gym classes twice a week and mini-gym sessions in the classrooms every other day. The children spend at least an hour in our garden twice a day, where we play active games. We do gardening in our vegetable patch and take care of our flowerbeds with the children. We have a compost heap where we dispose the organic waste that we collect throughout the day. We recycle and reuse all the materials we can. We even have our own child-size recycling bins. We take care of the birds in our garden and often visit the woods of Pálvölgy or Normafa.
Do you hold any special programs or events that are particularly important?
At Apple Tree we work with project methodology. We spend 2-3 weeks with a theme and organize all of our activities around that theme, let it be arts and crafts, science, mathematics, music or physical education. We often have school wide projects that involve all of our groups and we like to wrap these projects up with a party where we can show the parents what we have done during these weeks.
We have several parties with the parents throughout the year but the most special for us is the International Party where we celebrate the more than 20 nationalities represented here. The families contribute to our International Snack Table with a special dish of their countries and we play games of the different nations, often involving parents. The other very special event is our piano concert where our piano teacher invites her older students to perform for our little ones. It is pure joy for us to see how our children appreciate music.
What most attracted you to joining Active8 Budapest?
At Apple Tree we aim to build a truly international, multicultural community. We felt that we share most of our values with Active8 and we are proud to take an active part in creating a very useful tool that is unique in the Hungarian market.