About us

We are Bambíno - international nurseries and kindergartens for children from 6 weeks to 7 years old.

History

Bambíno has been here for children since 2009; and has been accredited by the Ministry of Education since 2010.

Bambíno kindergarten was established by Lucie Pivoňková and Tomáš Trnka, because their previous work in development no longer satisfied them. So they tried to invent something meaningful, what would also be fun for others, and they established the first Bambino branch in Dejvice, Prague. They became bricklayers and painters for a while, in order to open a beautiful and modern kindergarten for the first few children in September 2009. Together with experts, they drew up their own educational programme “Big Things For Little People” and, as a result, achieved accreditation from the Ministry of Education. Once the kindergarten became full it proved the kindergarten concept prepared by them can be successful so they opened another branch in Vinohrady, Prague. But they have not stopped at the kindergarten stage because from the very beginning they wanted to continue with children’s education. Thus, Square Elementary School will continue this unique educational concept from September 2018.

Philosophy

We create a place that makes both the little and the big ones happy,
where the world of the little and the big ones is interconnected, from where the little and the big ones leave a little bigger.

We are not a kindergarten that simply “looks after” your children – we are people who consider your children ours and that is how we take care of them.

We are happy about their development, smiles and hugs. We don’t want to change the children, because every child is unique. We strive to find each one’s potential and develop it. Together we learn, play, conduct experiments, support each other and love each other but together we are looking for and setting boundaries. What’s more, while we develop children, we also look to develop ourselves.

What are parents saying about us?

Miroslava Zálešáková

We started with looking for a nursery when Ondřej was only two. We randomly chose private nursery in a reasonable distance from our home and after a telephone agreement we arrived to Bambíno as our first destination. Bambíno also became the last destination. Our visit and the presentation made us totally fascinated and the pleasant environment and atmosphere contributed to our quick decision. We needed not visit any other facility. At first, Ondřej started with attending nursery few days a week and we saw that he was a very happy and contended boy. Nursery staff and then kindergarten staff has informed us regularly of how the days went by and provided feedback, advice, and tricks of how to proceed with problematic situations. Currently, Ondřej has enrolled in the first class and spent a substantial part of his life in Bambíno. Thanks to Bambíno I dare to declare that he is excellently prepared for school and that Bambíno has excellently taken care of education, games, and development of motor and social skills. We'll be really sorry to leave Bambíno in the summer. Best regards, Mirka

Cathy Hamilton

Georgia & Jessie have been attending Bambino for 2 years. What initially attracted me was the beautiful villa, conveniently located to my home and work and the fact that it provided both Nursery and Preschool facilities under one roof. We have been very happy with the program and staff during our time here. Bambino has always been extremely flexible to our needs. For example: My older daughter Georgia participates in the Czech program 2 days per week (to provide her with the opportunity to learn the language) and the English program 3 days per week. When my younger daughter Jessie was ready to start the transition from Nursery to Preschool, she started to attend a half day with the big children (when she was in the mood) until she was ready to move full time to the Preschool. My older daughter will start school in September and Bambino has given her a great start. She has already learned basic reading, writing and number puzzles so she can be confident while adjusting to her new environment. Thanks Bambino - we will miss you!

Kateřina Sládková

For our Kristýnka, Bambíno was definitely a perfect choice.A beautiful villa with a large garden located in a quiet environment enables children to spend a lot of time outside and on beautiful and interesting walks; children are paid maximum attention and each day there is an interesting programme prepared for them. Since the day Kristýnka started with attending Bambíno, she made huge progress in various individual skills such as drawing, handwork, singing or learning rhymes, but also in communication with other children.Kristýnka started with attending Bambíno nursery when she was only two, and I have to say that, thanks to excellent approach of the nursery staff, there were no problems with her adaptation; I especially appreciated personal approach at the Kristýnka’s handover to the nursery, where a staff member took care of her immediately.Thanks to the time Kristýnka spent with “kindergarten” kids, she coped with her consequent transfer to kindergarten among “new and old” friends without any problems and she can easily communicate with older children even outside the kindergarten. Thanks to the approach of the whole Bambíno staff creating definitely perfect environment for kids’ personal development and supporting their healthy self-esteem, Kristínka likes going to Bambíno; she has a lot of friends there and I've never heard that she didn't like it there. We need not solve the problem that she doesn't want to go there and when we come to take her home, we even have to wait until she finishes her drawing, playing, creating, etc. I think it’s enough to say that Kristýnka doesn’t say she goes to kindergarten, but she goes to Bambíno…

OUR TEAM

We do our best when taking care of your/our children. Therefore, we carefully select our “big people”.

Our team consists of teachers – men and women, specialists (logopaedics, special pedagogics, psycho-social consultants), nurses, and since we are an international Czech-English kindergarten, naturally also native English speakers.

The whole Bambíno is handled by:

Lucie Pivoňková

director and co-owner

What animal did I want to have?
I really wanted a parrot. My parents even bought me one as a birthday present, his name was Alexander, but three months later, my cat crept into the cage and... whoops.

Lucie lived in London for 2 years, after finishing grammar school where she studied English and worked as an au-pair. In 2006, she graduated from the Master’s Program at the University in Pardubice with an emphasis on English language teaching. During her studies, she obtained a lot of experience in teaching pre-school and school-aged children. Up until 2008, she obtained management and client care experience. Since 2008, she has worked as an director of Bambíno, and newly takes care of the project of the Primary school Square.

Tomáš Trnka

co-owner

What did I like drawing most?
I liked drawing anything, until the first class. Then my teacher tore my Aurora and pulled my ears because I started with the sky. Fortunately, this teacher was replaced, so I started enjoying drawing again!

Before he started to devote his time to pre-school children, Tomáš had been working in the area of development as a sales and project manager. In 2005, he became a member of higher management in the developers’ group, where he was mainly in charge of PR and human resources. Since 2008, Tomáš has been devoted to the Bambino, newly also to the Primary school Square.

Alena Hauptmanová

special pedagogics and logopaedics

Did I like to sleep in the afternoons at kindergarten?
No. I was terribly bored and since we had to be quiet and at least pretend to be sleeping, I killed time by biting my pyjama buttons.

Alena has completed special pedagogy with specialization in learning disorders and speech therapy. For a long time, she has been engaged in intensive work with either disadvantaged or talented children. Within her leisure time activities and, especially, pedagogical advisory, she has been working on personal development both of children and adults. In Bambíno, she has been assisting in the complex development of children and in putting new educational methods into Bambíno practice. She likes theatre and music. She spends her leisure time travelling or devouring stories of any kind.

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Sylvie Stretti

psychosocial consultant

What did I want to be when I was little?
For a long time, I wanted to be an astronaut or at least a fighter pilot. It was interchanging with my dream to become an archaeologist because I was keen on mummies.

For many years she has been working with children in different situations which include psycho-social fields, such as, development, crisis, family as well as therapeutic. For more than ten years she worked with children in crisis situations, she cooperated educationally for NNO, various firms and at Charles University here in Prague. At Bambíno she will participate in the creation of courses for teachers, which will help them solve difficult situations that children‘s groups can go through. She will also help with new ways of communication when children find themselves in a demanding transitional development period. Why Bambíno? Because this is a Kindergarten that is interested in the children and where children are viewed as a part of a family system. Because a child is a friend in Bambíno and because there are many nice people here.

Zuzana Sahligerová

economist and manager of educational projects

My favourite fairytale from childhood?
Disney's Cinderella. I watched it every weekend morning until the cassette was worn out. Twenty years later I received a DVD version as a birthday gift from my brother so I can watch it again and again.

Zuzka is from a family of teachers and since she was youg she has been interested in English. English is now one her main hobbies and she has tried it in various forms – from travelling, interpreting and translating through teaching up to managing a language school where she found that she enjoys working with children. After graduating from the University of Economics in Prague she moved back to Slovakia for a while. After returning to Prague she joined our team as a board assistant.

Lenka Holečková

marketing

My favourite teacher in kindergarten?
Mrs. Zuzanka. Every morning I sat on her knee and told her how I was and what I had done. My mum wasn't too happy about that because I always told her absolutely everything ;)

Lenka graduated from the College of journalism, and she also studied education at Faculty of Education at Charles University and because she loves Hungarian, she studied Hungarian and Slovak studies at Faculty of Philosophy at Charles University and at Budapest’s ELTE. After that she worked in CET 21 as an administrator of new projects TV NOVA, HR specialist of development and communication and at Publishing Dr. Josef Raabe as a project manager. In 2017, she started to work in communication and marketing for Bambíno kindergartens and Square school.

Bára Schneiderová

Project Coordinator

What did I learn in kindergarten?
In kindergarten, I learned not to eat snow. It can look beautiful and clean, though, but try to melt it down... ;)

She was born in Prague, where she also finished her study at the secondary grammar school and earned her Bachelor degree in sociology. Since 2010 she has been working in Bambíno as a temporary worker and she had a part-time job at the Safety Line for a few years. However, Bambíno has finally won and Bára has become its full-time employee as Manager of the Dejvice branch. Then she went to the maternity leave and after coming back to Bambíno she started to deal with various projects.

Become part of our team!


Just send your CV to hr@skolka-bambino.cz and we will get in touch.

You can see what life of "bigs" in Bambíno is like at facebook.com/skolkabambino.

Branch Dejvice
Branch Vinohrady

Written about us - in Czech

Článek z Mladé fronty DNES

Článek z Bety.cz

You find more articles in Czech on CZ version O nás

We also work on projects

Metodika pro předškoláky I

Metodika pro předškoláky II

Metodika pro předškoláky III

You find more articles in Czech on CZ version O nás