Park Lane International School in Prague - Czech Republic
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1. At what age can a child start attending your school?
We accept children who have turned 2 years old before the 1st of September in the same academic year.

2. When is the best time to start learning a second language?
The sooner one can start, the better, as language acquisition is easier in early childhood then at any other developmental stage. At our school, children are immersed in the English language and acquire language naturally through play, interaction with others, stories and games.

3. Do children feel uncomfortable learning in an English-speaking environment if they do not speak English already?
It is not uncommon for children to experience some initial confusion and perhaps, frustration, when they first begin to be exposed to a new language. However, it has been our experience that young children overcome this very rapidly – some even within a couple of hours or so. Since young children are still hugely developing their use of their home languages, they are accustomed to using a range of non-verbal and auditory clues to facilitate understanding, and their natural curiosity, desire to communicate and lack of inhibition helps them to begin to express themselves very quickly.

4. Should I speak in English with my child at home to help prepare them?
Studies show that the more developed the home language is, the easier it becomes to acquire a second language. Therefore, it is not our recommendation for parents of children who are not already bilingual in English to insist that English is spoken at home. Rather, parents are encouraged to continue to help the child develop their native language, thereby providing a strong foundation for learning English. However, if your child enjoys speaking English with you, likes English stories or films, etc., certainly feel free to indulge their interest! Also, Year 1 children receive a small amount of Reading homework that we encourage parents to work on with them at home in English.

5. What are the school’s hours of operation?
Nessie English Preschool is open from 8:00 – 17:00, Monday through Friday. Our school day runs from 9:00 - 15:30, but children who need to may attend our Morning Supervision from 8:00 – 9:00 and Afternoon Supervision from 15:30 – 17:00. Children may also participate in our Clubs programme from 15:30 – 16:15, daily.

6. How does the school’s transportation service work?
Parents who wish use our mini buses to transport children to and/or from school and live in Prague are welcome to add this service to their contract. Families who live outside of Prague can make arrangements to meet the bus at an agreed location in Prague and have their child(ren) transported the rest of the way to school by the bus service. Each academic year, the bus drivers review the list of families using the buses and plan an appropriate route to accommodate them.

7. How often do children attend school?
Children attend school Monday through Friday for a full day programme from 9am to 3.30pm.

8. How are children divided into classes?
Children are divided by their age (on 1st of September in the same academic year) into 4 classes:

  • Pre-Nursery: age 2-3
  • Nursery: age 3-4
  • Reception: age 4-5
  • Year 1: age 5-6

9. What opportunities are there for children to continue their education in English after they finish at Nessie?
Many children attending Nessie move on to our sister school, Park Lane International School, to continue their Primary education under the National Curriculum in England in Year 2 and then move onto our Secondary School in Year 7. For more information on our Primary and Secondary school campuses and programmes, please visit children have moved on to prestigious Czech schools and either have continued their English language lessons at school or through private language schools and tutors.

10. What are the ratios of children to adults at your school?
The ratios of children to adults in each class is different, depends on an age group. In Pre Nursery, there are 1 teacher to 4 children, in Nursery class are 8 children to one adult. The ratio of children to adults in Reception and Year 1 the ratio is 8:1. There is one class teacher and one teaching assistant in all classes from Nursery, upwards, and our Pre-Nursery class currently has one class teacher and two teaching assistants.

11. How do teachers begin to work with children who do not speak English at all?
It is extremely common for our teachers to have children who are new to our school and do not speak any English each year. All of our teachers are qualified and have experience in teaching children learning English as an additional language, and all of our teaching assistants have TEFL (Teaching English as a foreign language) qualifications. We use a range of visual, auditory and hands-on resources to help facilitate understanding before children are able to speak and understand English. In cases of emergency, Czech staff or staff who speak a range of other languages onsite are able to provide translation assistance.









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