The Vienna Kindergarten

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The Vienna Kindergarten

Thanks to the City of Vienna, Expo has a fine kindergarten for children aged 3 to 6, designed by Prof. Karl Schwanzer, of the University of Vienna, and staffed by multilingual Austrian teachers trained in the Montessori method which the kindergarten demonstrates.

The Vienna Kindergarten is on Île Saint-Hélène, close to the Métro Saint-Hélène in the Petit Prince Garden by which there is entry. Groups of ten children, as widely representative as possible and already selected, spend two-week periods at the kindergarten. On a first-come first-served basis, 20 other children can be accommodated. The charge for the Petit Prince Garden is $2.50 per half-day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The children themselves, while under discreet and sympathetic guidance, take a hand in teaching and supervision. The method aims both at character building and at the resolving of child problems. From the outside of the Kindergarten parents can watch children at play: an instructive experience.

The children admitted to the garden can build, climb trees, clamber on miniature rocky mountains, sail little rafts to small islands, operate marionette theatres or choose between a fascinating variety of other activities.