New Trends and Alternative Approaches to Kindergarten Teaching in Slovakia

This course is taught in English  - Entry Levels English CEF B1+ to C1+

Dates for 2018:    

28.1.-3.2.2018     *course confirmed!


21-27.10. 2018    + 2 days traveling 



This course was produced for Kindergarten teachers desiring to develop and refresh their teaching practice; study new trends and discover significant alternative approaches.  It was designed for all Kindergarten teachers in the European Union teaching very young learners in any form of pre-school institution aged 1 upwards.

This course is pre-school teaching specific for both qualified and non-qualified teachers.

Our primary aim is to enable participating teachers to widen their horizons in teaching very young learners. Alternative approaches are now widespread and this course will provide an overview of their practices, activities and teaching methods. New trends include modern ideas applied to kindergarten teaching. Sharing ideas, experiences and best practice of participants will bring a European dimension to the structured course.

Practical workshops in the afternoon will enable the participants to experience the activities of alternative approaches as well as create authentic materials to take home.


Pre-course Preparative Modalities:

  • On-line Language Level Assessment if the teacher’s native language is not  English (optional)
  • Needs Analysis
  • Pre-Course Reading List
  • On-Line Participants’ Forum
  • Pre-Course Cultural Counselling
  • Pre-Course Practical Arrangements

Practical Arrangements

Intra-Course Modalities offered by the Course Provider

  • Course Tutor
  • Pedagogic Learning Materials Included
  • Exchange of Best Practice
  • Participants’ Evaluation Feedback
  • Pastoral Care, 24 hr Emergency Number
  • Accommodation Service
  • Optional Cultural Activities and Visits

Follow up provided

Post-Course Modalities

  • An Action Training Certificate of Attendance and Achievement
  • An AAKIN1-15 Course Professional Profile
  • Europass Mobility
  • Post-Course Forum
  • Applicant Dissemination and Exploitation Advice

The practical morning sessions will focus on modern trends and alternative approaches for kindergarten teachers willing to develop and innovate new methodology and approaches in teaching very young learners.

The practical afternoon workshops and discussions will lead to participants exploring the activities of various new trends and alternative approaches Montessori, Waldorf and Emilia Reggio.

Furthermore, the topic related kindergarten visits will widen the horizons of all participants who will evaluate the methods observed at school.

For non-native English speakers, an added benefit is an increase in personal fluency in English as a Foreign Language with special focus on kindergarten English vocabulary.

The Course Tutor will receive and discuss feedback in an afternoon session.


Sample Programme

This is a sample of a schedule which can be adapted to suit the participants’ needs.

Seven-day Course - Total number of course contact hours: 27 hours


Day One



Day Three


Day Four


Day Five


Day Six


Day Seven





**Free morning


Cultural or social program


New Trends


Montessori Kindergarten Approach


Preparation for the Slovak Kindergarten visits


Topic Related

Visit to a

Slovak Kindergarten I.



All year


Waldorf Kindergarten Approach


Bilingual Concepts


Topic Related

Visit to a

Slovak Kindergarten III.



All year


Emilia Reggio Kindergarten Approach



Feedback and

course evaluation

Outcome presentations



Closing ceremony

Lunch Break







Introduction to the new trends and alternative approaches in Kindergarten teaching


 *13.00 -15.30



Activities developed by Montessori pedagogy for the Kindergarten Class


City Excursion – Guided Tour


Topic Related

Visit to a

Slovak Kindergarten II.


All year



 Rolls of the teacher in all of the alternative approaches



Round table discussion:

Comparison of the alternative approaches and the traditional approach


EVENING PROGRAM 17.00 – 19.30: Social activities, Movie Evenings and Crafts - *voluntary

Seven-day training:        Total of 27 course contact hours


Competences acquired by participants:

-          Acquisition of new  methodology and approaches in  Kindergarten teaching

-          A new approach to teaching material development  in Kindergarten teaching

-          Greater European awareness of modern trends and alternative approaches in teaching very young learners

-          Greater awareness of cultural diversity

-          Improvement of personal English Language skills for non-native English speakers

-          English for Kindergarten teaching for non-native English speakers


Price: 1180 EUR

7 Day Course price 490 EUR

                           +100 EUR Booking Fee

Accommodation        590 EUR /Full Board, single room, 8 nights/

Middle Slovakia Region: Banska Bystrica

Situated in carefully selected Congress Center /with Wellness and Cultural Package/