Why do we teach psychomotor at our school?

The objective is to promote the potential development of each child by enabling them to express themselves through creativity and communication. It promotes bonding, as it seems important that all children feel watched and listened to. It promotes exploration, generating trust and confidence so that children can explore and express themselves freely. It favours the formation of identity, allowing children to understand their bodies in relationship to objects, space, and other children, promoting awareness of their body’s possibilities and limitations. Which in turn promotes relationships and communication with others. When a child acquires a harmonic development through psychomotor, they are able to express themselves through movement which helps frees them from emotional tension.

What kind of food is served at the nursery?

Our food is cooked daily on the premises using fresh ingredients and a nutritionist reviews our menus. Children are offered a variety of foods in order to ensure a complete and healthy diet. Our menu prominently features vegetable which are presented whole or pureed according to the age groups, children are given a variety of food including meat (beef and chicken), fish, carbohydrates such as pasta, cooked vegetables, salads, fruit and natural dairy products. View menus.

How do we celebrate children’s birthdays?

We celebrate on the Friday of the birthday week, with a simple party, music, songs, balloons and a lovely paper birthday cake, which the birthday child blows out the candles.

Why choose CEP Mafalda?

Firstly it is important to understand that we have a long history in Ibiza. CEP Mafalda was created over 32 years ago. During this time we not stopped growing and transforming our space and facilities to suit our needs and the needs of our parents and children. From this growth and our love for our work, we have discovered many insights and have learned to apply this knowledge to benefit all who attend our centre.

Secondly, our centre is characterised by three words that resonate in our daily work: LOOK, LISTEN AND UNDERSTAND. We talk, listen and observe in order to give children the presence and recognition they require. These observations are accompanied us listening to your needs and concerns in order to develop an understanding of what motivates the children in their development process and life.

Thirdly, there is an atmosphere of trust and confidence within our school, which is key to helping children to develop and grow. This is made possible by the teachers in our centre who develop a clear understanding of each child as an individual with their own rhythms and peculiarities. They are a great to the children under their care and to the families of the children who they advise, inform and support at all times. More>

Is there a calendar of events and activities?

Each class has planned school activities, which take place in the centre. The routine of activities are displayed on the boards outside each classroom and communicated monthly via email and at the centre on the message boards. For current planned activities, see our Calendar

Are there children with learning difficulties in the nursery?

Our centre welcomes all kinds of people regardless of their language, religion, evolutionary maturity or any other difficulties. When we have children in difficulty we implement a protocol so that there is harmony and well being among all parties: children, parents and educators.

Does the centre take photos or videos of the children?

We take photos and videos of the children at CEP Mafalda during their daily activities, for exclusively use of CEP Mafalda. Some of these photos are uploaded to our blog. At the end of the school year these photos are given to the parents on a (returnable) memory stick or DVD.

Do children sleep in the morning?

Children sleep as and when they need and according to the time required for each child.

Is the centre safe?

The centre meets all security measures and complies with all legal nursery regulations. We have anti-grips on all doors, ramps instead of stairs, except at the entrance of the centre where it was not possible. There is an emergency exit and evacuation protocol if necessary.

Can my child stay for lunch?

Lunch at CEP Mafalda is required as it is an activity, which is seamlessly integrated into the middle of our daily routine. However we understand and are sympathetic to family situations, personal needs or allergies and make allowances for this.

What are the centre hours?

CEP Mafalda nursery opens at 7:30 and closes at 17:00. We are also open between 16:30 and 21:00 for psychomotor therapy. More>

How many children are in each class?

Our groups are small with individual attention. In the class of 2-3 years there are between 10 and 15 children per class, the classes with 0-2 years there are 7-12 children per class.

What kind of activities do children do?

Our methodology is based on the stimulation of all areas of development. Psychomotor has a prominent place in CEP Mafalda and activities are performed twice a week from an early age. We also organize activities based around experimentation, artistic expression, creativity, music and English. We believe in learning through play. We tell stories and sing songs and offering a variety of activities and materials to choose from, in order to stimulating the five senses. Activities are related to the outlined quarterly syllabus, which allows children to discover the environment around them and gain many personal experiences.

What are the rates?

Please see our fees (pdf) in the download section on this page.

What language is spoken at our centre?

The primary language used in school is Spanish, however we also speak Catalan to the children. Stories and songs are in both languages and we spend time each week introducing English.

Are our staff qualified?

All of our staff are fully qualified. The management team is made up of a psychologist and an educator. The rest of the team are qualified nursery school teachers, including a infant teacher and most importantly, each class has a psychomotor tutor. More>

What is the adaptation period and how long does it last?

It is the process by which the child will feel, comfortable spending time at CEP Mafalda and learn to adapt to its routines and not feel any anxiety about leaving their home. It is important to understand that during this time of separation, children can experience feelings of insecurity, abandonment, anxiety, fear and isolation… and have limited resources to communicate their feelings. Therefore it is important to be understanding, patient and give them the power to express their emotional world. Depending on the age and developmental stage each child will experience and express their situation differently. In younger children disturbances of sleep feeding and fever may occur. Slightly older children may manifest behaviours such as clinging to a particular object, trying to escape, showing no movement or vomiting. In highly charged adaptations, children have experienced intense symptoms of distress, which are frequently analysed and referred to. This is why at CEP Mafalda we believe that the duration of the adjustment period should be different for each child, and varied according to its feelings and needs. Our normal adaptation period usually lasts between 2 to 3 weeks but the process can be extended if need be for up to 3 months.

What is psychomotor?

Psychomotor is a physical practice that gives meaning to verbal and nonverbal communication and expression, through observation and listening. Through psychomotor our children get know their body and the world around them. They learn through movement to express their emotions and feelings, develop their identity, gain confidence and independence.

When is the centre closed?

The centre closes at Christmas (12 – 15 days), Easter (10 days) and during public holidays of the Balearic Islands and Ibiza Town. We also we have 2 free holidays of the school’s choice. More>

Can parents attend the centre? Are there any activities for them?

Our school is an open school that allows parents to go to the classroom at drop off and pick up times. During school hours the front door is locked for security reasons and out of respect for students. Parents can visit the centre during the following times:

  • During adaptation periods, parents can accompany their children as need be.
  • The 2-3 year old classes invite parents in the last quarter to engage with their children and their class. They form part of the pre-planned activities outlined by the school’s educational team.
  • On occasion we perform extracurricular activities where parents can participate with their children
  • At Christmas and Carnival we organize workshops for parents and educators in order to decorate the centre and make the kids costumes.

Does the school offer any other services?

We hold meetings every 1.5 months and covers topics related to the developmental age of the children at our school. The parents choose the topic by voting. We offer psychology advise to parents who request an appointment. The school has a library service for parents who want to read about topics related to the education of their children. We offer early attention to children who attend the centre for the first time, by giving each child a personal assessment to understand their evolutionary development and maturation. If a child needs special or specific attention in a particular area we work with the Early Intervention Team (EAT), to develop a structured course tailored specifically for their individual needs.