Thanks to the support of Medacta International, a company with strong social responsibility and attention to the corporate welfare, the “Medacta for Life Foundation” was founded in 2011 and the ‘MyBaby’ nursery school was opened. Initially, the facility was designed to host the children of Medacta employees but it subsequently opened its doors to local families to provide them with support for parenthood and to promote the return of women to the work place, following maternity. 2015 saw the expansion of its educational programme with ‘MyChild’, the kindergarten school. In 2017, it became ‘MySchool’: a bilingual school with a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular educational timetables. It can accommodate 100 children between 0 and 6 years old and offers a high quality service to the families of Medacta employees and those in the vicinity. The ‘MyBaby’ nursery school had the capacity for 23 children between 0 and 3 years old but, in 2013, there was a need to expand the space and the receptivity.
The proposed pedagogical (educational) project, which takes into account (considers) the promotion of Italian/English bilingualism and the educational approach for children, according to Montessori and Malaguzzi, was introduced in 2015 for children between 3 and 6 years old at the ‘MyChild’ kindergarten. It is a school, offering extra-curricular activities (pre and post school service, internal canteen, afternoon workshops ‘MyLabs’). The service is available for 49 weeks a year: during the school holidays in the Cantons it offers the ‘MyWeeks’ service and during the summer holidays ‘MySummer Camp’.
MySchool has been enriched with ‘MyTown’, the outdoor playground built to resemble a small village. There is a main road with road signs (pedestrian crossing, parking for disabled people, STOP sign, one-way signs and others). There are also houses along the route for role-playing games: carpentry, a stable, a petrol station and a restaurant. For 2018, ‘MyBaby’ has been authorised by the Cantonal Authorities to host 50 children between 0 and 3 years old and ‘MyChild’ will add a second tier, the ‘MyKid’ elementary school. This will be for children between 6 and 11 years old and is currently under development. It will maintain the same bilingual and educational programme that identifies ‘MySchool’.
The interaction of families in the daily activities of the school aims to create a training (educational) community, a “shared” place where parents and educators accept and live with the responsibiility of the learning processes related to the teaching/learning and care of children’s well-being, in line with their own knowledge. This common goal is achieved through solid interactive activities such as: “A special day”, “Afternoons at MyTown”, “Continuous formation” and informal meetings like “Ceremonies of Passage”.
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