Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs 
Q: What is your curriculum based on?

A:
Our approach emphasizes on self-directed activity, with personal interests driving play and learning through hands on activities. The older children work individually as well as in small groups, with teachers observing, to encourage independent experimentation and discovery. Our approach incorporates the basic Montessori tenets of practical life, sensorial, cultural, science, language and math, and mixed age groups where the younger are challenged to learn by observing the older and interacting with them and the older children learn responsibility and to care for the younger. Children foster their knowledge and love for learning by explaining and teaching each other. In addition to these Montessori themes, the KOMPASS experience also emphasizes on art and music, social skills and social responsibility. We believe in providing “holistic” education in order to develop the “whole” child. We understand that children develop at different rates and in different ways. By providing children with the real learning contexts in which to build upon current knowledge and understanding, we both celebrate those differences and learn from them.


Q:
Do the children do activities outside?

A:
Yes, we go out several times every day, even with our youngest children. Our lush green garden offers plenty of free play activity for the different age groups and we use our large outside area to practice different skills. The garden space invites for running, biking, swinging, climbing and many more. We also have an outside workshop where the children can do crafts with wood and other natural materials, using children-sized tools. The favorite amongst our older children is the tree house.

Q:
What languages do you speak with the children?

A:
At KOMPASS we communicate in English, German and Arabic through immersion, where the target languages are the teaching languages, and language acquisition occurs through the daily activities. Each language is associated to particular teachers who will communicate with the children in their mother tongues. Without focusing on grammar, children acquire the rules of the language almost incidentally, and native accents can be reproduced flawlessly. Early multiple language learners have also shown to be better in dealing with other cognitive tasks, their overall mental ability is enhanced, they develop higher self-esteem, and acquire cultural understanding that will benefit them for a lifetime, both in school and in their careers later on.


Q:
What if my child won’t need all three languages later on?

A:
Being exposed to multiple languages at an early age stimulates the child’s brain and helps the child develop much more than language skills. Studies show that early multiple language learners are also better in dealing with other cognitive tasks, which makes them better learners overall.


Q:
Aren’t children below one year of age too young to stay without the mother?

A:
Research suggests that an early start with exposure to other children and adults is beneficial to the development of children, especially regarding social skills.


Q:
What about toilet training?

A:
Toilet training is a part of our routine and we will work closely with you in guiding your child to master early independence in this area. We use simple techniques to foster early awareness regarding toilet training, such as positioning diaper tables near the older children’s toilet area to pique curiosity, and teachers talk to the children as they change them about what the older children are doing and why. It is important to note however, that we respect each child’s unique timing in the toilet training process, and feel that having age requirements to master this ability is not only unfair to the child but also counterproductive.


Q:
What are the school hours?

A:
Our hours of operation are from 9am to 4pm. We recommend that children arrive by 9.30 daily in order to participate fully in the daily routine.


Q:
Will lunch be provided and can I send extra food?

A:
We emphasize healthy food and learning good table manners. Our children love the healthy breakfast buffet, the warm lunch and the afternoon snack. All food is prepared in our kitchen under close supervision by the KOMPASS management.


Q:
Can we join only in September, at the beginning of the KOMPASS year or at any time in the year?

A:
Families are able to join KOMPASS at any time throughout the year given there is availability.


Q:
May we come and observe before we make the decision to enroll our child?

A:
Yes – please contact us if you would like to arrange an observation and a meeting with the principal, and we will schedule a morning meeting that is convenient for you. Please understand that we can only admit guests in the early mornings to avoid disturbance of the children throughout the day.


Q:
We only want our child to attend nursery half day or half weeks. Is that possible?

A:
The KOMPASS program is designed to offer much more than day-care. For children to benefit, and to feel part of the group and our routine, it is recommended that they attend the full week. However, the parents of babies and toddlers often prefer a slow start and increase the number of hours over the first weeks.


Q:
Do you offer bus service?

A:
We do not offer a bus service but will assist parents organizing transportation for their children.


Q:
When and how do I pay?

A:
You will receive a payment schedule that lists the payment dates. You can choose between annual payment and payment in three installments. Tuition may be paid in cash, with a check, or transferred/deposited to the KOMPASS bank account. When depositing in our account, please send us the deposit voucher, otherwise the payment cannot be tracked.


Q:
Is it possible that our company pays the fees directly to KOMPASS?

A:
If requested, we will issue the invoice for the company and the fees can be transferred directly. However, the parents are responsible that the payments reach us according to the payment schedule.