MA. Espai Educatiu 2020-2021 course / ENGLISH

From MA. Espai Educatiu we detail you some information related to the operation of the center that may be of interest:

Calendar

Individual meetings with MA tutors

We will send you a form with the option of booking a meeting with the reference educators of your children before starting the course. These get-togethers are highly recommended for families starting out in MA and can also be helpful for families looking to catch up after the summer. We will arrange these interviews from September 1 to 4. In these meetings you can come with your kid, this way you will be able to meet the referring educator. It would be ideal if two adults could come so one of them is there for the meeting and the other with your kid (in case they get tired and want to go outside or if they need to talk about something without your kid present).

Adaptation period

We at MA advise that children aged 0-3 years and those aged 3-6 years who need it, have a progressive incorporation lasting as long as they need in order to make their entry into the project more enjoyable. However, we are aware that it is not always feasible, so the schedule that the boys and girls follow during the first weeks in MA will be defined according to the needs of each family as well as the children. All of this will be covered in the individual meeting at the beginning of the course and the adaptation process will be evaluated day by day. In the individual meeting we will talk about how the dynamics will be between children and adults during the days that the adaptation lasts.


School hours

School hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 3.30pm. We offer a relaxed arrival time in the morning from 9am to 10am. Families who want to arrive after these hours must communicate it at least 24 hours in advance to the referring educator so as not to interrupt the rhythm of the day and be able to offer the necessary care for each child. The pick-up time is from 3pm to 3:30 pm.

We ask you, please, that you adjust to the arrival and collection times so as not to interfere with the dynamics of the different MA groups.

Afternoon workshops

We offer music, yoga and visual arts workshops from 3.30pm to 4.40pm. The collection is maximum at 5pm.

MA. Betlem

Tuesday Music with Irene Jódar Catalan
Thursday Music with Irene Jódar Catalan
*In the afternoons, in addition to the workshop, the children are accompanied by an educator from the project.

MA. Encarnació

Monday Music with Irene JódarCatalan
Tuesday Music with Irene JódarCatalan
Wednesday Yoga with Ela DiogenesEnglish
Thursadys •Gardening with Laura (downstairs group)
•Movement with Cristina Martí (movement)
English
Catalan
* In the afternoons, in addition to the workshop, the children are accompanied by an educator from the project.

Things to bring to MA

  • Footwear: Slippers with soft, non-slip soles must be brought from home to use in the interior spaces of MA for as many months as needed. And some boots as outdoor shoes that are easy to put on and take off.
  • Clothes: Made with materials that allow the skin to perspire, that allow for movement, and that facilitates autonomy, for example with elastic bands, velcro, zippers that are easy to go up and down and few buttons.
  • Overalls or waterproof pants and rain coat: To go out in the garden when it is cold, raining or has rained.
  • A change of clothes: For children up to 4 years old we require you to bring at least 2 changes with the indicated name and for children from 4 years old 1 change should be enough. Waterproof bag: It will be necessary to bring a cloth bag lined with waterproof fabric to put dirty or wet clothes inside.
  • Changing diapers: For those children who use diapers, it will be necessary to bring them from home along with a towel or changing mat with soft surface (measure 45 × 80 cm approx.) You’ll also be required to bring what is necessary to clean the child during diaper change. In the case of opting for disposable sanitary wipes, these must be biodegradable and 100% compostable. Due to sustainability issues, non-compostable wet wipes are not allowed in the project. We will guide families that need it on issues of economic and environmentally friendly alternative products or materials.
  • Bib: For children 0-3 years old and those who need it, bibs labelled with the name that are made of waterproof fabric and are not rigid should be brought. To promote the autonomy of children, we recommend that they have an elastic to put on and take off. See the references.
  • Children’s toothbrush: Children ages 3 to 6 should bring a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Water bottle: A reusable bottle labelled with the child’s name.
  • Rest time: For those children who take naps and are used to sleeping with a pacifier, or some personal object (doll or blanket), it is also convenient that they bring it and that it is labelled.

• Strollers

Ma. Betlem You can leave your strollers on the shelves at the entrance. It is preferable that you bring compact, one-piece and easy to store strollers.

MA. Encarnació This space is designed for children from 3 to 6 years old. The space designated for storing strollers is limited and of preferential use for children under 3 and a half years of age, those families who come from far away or those who have some logistical difficulty. From the age of 3 it is advisable for health to come walking, on a scooter or bicycle. We ask that together we take care of the entrance by folding the strollers and storing the scooters and bicycles tidily. 

• Breakfast

Children from 0 to 4 years old: You’ll be required to bring a piece of fruit from home to eat at mid-morning. Each piece of fruit should go inside a cloth bag or container with the child’s name. The use of disposable containers, aluminum foil or plastic film is not allowed.

Children from 4 to 6 years old: They can bring a piece of fruit or whatever they want for breakfast. Please consult the list of foods that cannot be brought.

• Snack

It is necessary for the children who stay for the afternoon workshops to bring their snack in a cloth bag or container with their name on it. Please consult the list of foods that cannot be brought to MA.

Things that cannot be brought to MA

Food

  • You cannot bring hard dried fruit.
  • You cannot bring anything that contains refined sugar such as industrial pastries,  chocolate, sugar cookies, etc.
  • You cannot bring juices packed with plastic straws. In MA we have metal straws.

Household objects, materials and books

  • Children can bring materials, objects or books of their interest to share with the group in the circle, for example. These objects or books must have a specific interest and, must have been a choice supervised by the parents/carer. You cannot bring books with commercial pictures (Disney & co).
  • We ask that personal toys be kept in each child’s personal backpack. Having personal toys at the entrance outside the bag makes day-to-day life difficult especially at home time.

Sustainability in MA

To take care of our environment, we have established measures that help us all to be respectful towards the environment and our planet. In the project we try to minimize the use of plastic and completely eliminate the use of single-use plastic. We use organic products in bulk to clean our spaces. The cloths to clean the spaces and materials are made of cotton made by hand and we try to acquire all the pedagogical materials of the project from companies that respect the environment. We believe that with children at these ages our job is to set an example with small actions performed daily. Thus, we all make an effort to avoid:

  • Foil
  • Plastic film
  • Non-compostable disposable wipes
  • Tetrabricks
  • Plastic straws
  • Single-use plastic containers and bags
  • Everything you think can be harmful to the environment, in this way you can be an example for us too.

Communication in MA. Espai Educatiu

Arrivals and Pick up: Educators are available to speak with families upon arrival and departure. It is preferable that families who want to exchange conversation arrive in the morning between 9am and 9.30am since at 10am all the educators need to be inside the rooms. At the pick-up, in case you want to talk for a while with the educator about how the day went there will always be more availability for this if you arrive before 3.20pm.

WhatsApp group: We have a WhatsApp group for each family that includes the parents/carers, the MA number used by the educators in the space and the director. You can communicate through text messages to this chat which will be checked and answered by the educators, due to the daily routine these will be mainly checked and answered between 9am and 10am and during the midday time (unless it is an emergency). For urgent matters you can call the MA number or the director.

MA phone. Betlem +34 640 044 270
Management MA. Betlem – Naïs +34 609 602 561
MA phone. Encarnació +34 609 602 561
Management MA. Encarnació – Margalida +34 625 799 808
  • Individual meetings: Families who wish may have individual meetings with their tutor at the end of each term.
  • You can request a meeting with direction or tutors when needed at any time during the course.
  • Diaries: Approximately once a month the educators of the project prepare a newsletter that is published privately on our blog. These newsletters are a documentation tool that allows establishing relationships with families through images and words. Their objective is to transmit our day-to-day life, reflect on some pedagogical event/theme or document a specific project that the group is carrying out.

Information on the procedure for payment of fees

Tuition and material fee
This is to make the initial reservation your first year in the project. This amount is annual and is non refundable. 
€600
Registration renewal fee
It includes the renewal of enrollment and material for that school year for children who have already been at least one school year at MA. It is annual and non refundable. 
€450 
Monthly fee € 595
Adaptation fee
During the first month in Ma in the case of not staying for lunch. 
€ 480
Maintenance fee
In the event that a family leaves the project for a minimum of a whole month, the maintenance fee may be applied to keep their place.
€480
Catering fee
This year we have reached an agreement with the Obrador de La Nena to supply the catering for MA. It is a project of proximity with the workshop in Gracia and they provide high quality menus. At the beginning of each month we will send you the menu so that you can organize your family meals.

€118
* In the event that a child does not use the catering service for a minimum of one week, the amount of the days not consumed will be refunded. In holiday periods of one week or more, the unconsumed catering weeks will also be discounted. 

* In the event that a family wants to leave the project once the school year has started, they will have to notify at least a month in advance, otherwise, the full month’s fee will be applied.

Afternoon workshop fees

1 afternoon € 30
2 afternoons € 50
3 afternoons € 65
4 afternoons € 80
*All fees except for the initial registration will be charged by MA. Espai Educatiu on the 1st of each month. It will be necessary to fill in the SEPA document to authorize the operation.

Discounts

  • If you want to pay for the entire course (September to June) there will be a 5% discount on the monthly fees.
  • Brothers and sisters have a discount. Consult with management.
  • In case of difficulty in making payments, please contact the management team so that we can find a solution together.

Information on illnesses and the administration of medications during school hours

We adhere to the School Health protocol (06/22/2017) established by the Department of Education and the Ministry of Public Health of the Generalitat of Catalonia. “In order to administer medication to students, whenever it is essential to do so during school hours, it is necessary for parents or legal guardians to provide a medical report stating the name of the student, the name of the medication to be taken and the administration guideline. Likewise, they must provide an authorization where requested, the address of the educational center, the administration to the son or daughter of the prescribed medication in accordance with the guidelines that appear in the aforementioned report and the administration is authorized to the professionals of the center . “

In all illnesses that cause fever, in addition to the specific recommendations for each of them, it is necessary that the child is without fever for 24 hours before returning to school.


Plan of action for the course 2020-2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic

This document will be revised and updated with regularity according to new information given by administration.

Drop off and pick up protocol

The arrival and home time will be structured in such a way that only the families belonging to the same coexistence group will coincide at the entrance. It will be ensured that arrivals and departures are agile to avoid unnecessary crowds at the entrance.

Coexistence groups

In order to limit and control contagions within each project and to be able to stop transmission chains effectively, the administration recommends that the centers have stable coexistence groups that have no relationship with each other. These groups will have no relationship with other groups or the respective educators throughout the day in MA. In the event that interaction with an educator who is not from the coexistence group is needed, the educator must wear a mask.

MA. Betlem
Nadons 1-2 Years old≤ 12 children
Toddlers 2-3 Years old≤ 16 children
MA. ENCARNACIÓ
A baix 3-4 Years old≤ 18 children
A dalt 4-6 Years old≤ 18 children
The number of children in each group may vary throughout the course, always respecting the maximum number of children in each coexistence group set by the Department of Education.

Ratio

The ratio will be 6 children per educator. Exceptionally, it may be the case that this is lower or higher at certain points during the course.

Hygiene measures

Temperature control and hand washing

Everybody who enters MA will have their temperature taken. Adults will be invited to disinfect their hands with the hydroalcoholic gel and children will be accompanied to wash their hands.

Children will wash their hands:

  • Upon arrival and departure from the educational center.
  • Before and after meals.
  • Before and after going to the bathroom (for those who use it).
  • Before and after certain activities or going out to the garden.

In the case of educators, hand washing will be carried out:

  • Upon arrival at the center and before contact with the children.
  • Before and after coming into contact with food.
  • Before and after accompanying a child to the toilet.
  • Before and after using the bathroom.
  • Before and after helping a child blow their nose.
  • At least once every 2 hours.
  • Apart from these specific moments of hand washing we will have several points with dispensers of hydroalcoholic solution.

Masks and physical distance

The use of a mask is not mandatory among people who are part of a stable coexistence group. The educators and the adults who enter the space must wear it at those times when a physical distance cannot be ensured (accompanying the little ones while eating, accompanying their nap time, during the diaper change or other close care. )

In the common area of the entrance of MA. Encarnació the use of the mask will be mandatory for children and adults. When the children arrive at their reference space with their coexistence group, they can leave the mask in an individual bag.

Cleaning, disinfecting and ventilation

All spaces will be ventilated before the children enter, at home time and every two hours, for 10 minutes at a time. Whenever possible, windows will be left open when the group is inside the room. In order to carry out the ventilation, cleaning and disinfecting of the center, the planning protocol contemplated in the instructions of the Department of Education will be activated.

Symptom control

As provided by the regulations of the Department of Education, families must take responsibility for the health status of their sons and daughters. At the beginning of the 2020-2021 academic year, they will sign a responsibility statement through which they will state that they are aware of the current pandemic situation and that they agree not to take the child to the educational center in case he or she or Someone with whom you have had recent contact with have shown Covid-19 compatible symptoms.

Requirements to access the center

No cohabitants or close contact with confirmed positive or compatible symptoms in the previous 14 days. In the event that the child has a highly complex chronic disease that may increase the risk of severity in the event of contracting the SARS-CoV2 infection, it will be assessed together (with the family, educator and their medical team of reference), the implications when resuming the educational activity in person at the educational center.

PROTOCOL OF ACTION IN CASE OF DETECTION OF ANY CASE OF COVID

Sanitary measures

The pedagogical team will receive training to detect a possible case in a child, who will be taken to a separate and well-ventilated space, a mask will be put on if they are over 2 years old and 061 will be called if there are serious symptoms. The family will be recommended to call the primary care center where a pediatrician or family doctor should assess in the first 24 hours the possibility of doing a PCR test.

In the event that a positive case occurs in one or more members of a stable coexistence group, the quarantine of the entire coexistence group will be applied for 14 days after the last contact with the case and with surveillance of the appearance of new cases. Therefore, the classroom activity for this group will be interrupted. The other groups will continue with their normal activity. Given this situation, families and children will receive support from the educator at home.

If there is a brother or sister of a child in the center whose group has been forced into home quarantine, this child (and not their entire group) will also have to stay at home for the 14 days.

Accompanying measures at home

Ma. Betlem

The accompaniment will focus on supporting and giving resources to the family. Two virtual individual sessions will be offered per week, totally voluntary, with the educators and pedagogical proposals will be posted daily on the blog. If deemed appropriate, the educators will deliver a set of proposals and materials so that the boys and girls can take them home.

MA. Encarnació

Three virtual meetings a week will be offered, totally voluntary, with each of the three educators in the group. The meetings will be focused on keeping each boy or girl in contact with their educators and keeping the effective relationship alive. In addition, for the boys and girls in the upstairs group, there will be presentations of materials and games related to the different learning and interests that are taking place at that time of the course. The duration of these meetings will be between 15 and 50 minutes depending on the age and interests of each child. In addition, if deemed appropriate, the educators will prepare a set of proposals and materials to be done at home.

Payment or refund measures

In the event that a coexistence group is forced to quarantine at home, 50% of the school fee and the workshop sessions on these days will be returned, and 100% of the amount of the unconsumed catering.

In case a family voluntarily wants to do a home quarantine, the amount of the maintenance fee (€ 480/month) will be applied. If the home quarantine is less than one month, the proportional discount will be applied.

We hope that this document is helpful for all of us who are part of Ma. Espai Educatiu. In the case of having doubts or contributions, we will be happy to hear them. We hope to be able to accompany you in the best possible way during this 2020-2021 academic year.