The Yellow Group is for toddlers between 18 months and 3 years old.
Hello, my name is Catherine and I come from England. I have a Diploma in Preschool Practice and have been working at the VEP since 2006.
The Preschool years are extremely important in terms of a child's development as this is when they learn communication, social and physical skills. Children should be given a positive introduction to learning while being encouraged to be independent, as this is essential for building self-confidence, individuality and vital life skills.
I find it fascinating working in such an international environment where many children are either bi-lingual or even multi-lingual. My aim is to provide the children in our care with a nurturing and emotionally supportive environment which is key to language development. Children are encouraged to learn the English language through music, books and various activities, either in groups or on a one-to-one basis. We provide a vast range of stimulating materials and activities designed to challenge and encourage your child's learning and development in a secure surrounding.
I am here to assist with your child's transition from home to our preschool as smoothly as possible by meeting your child's individual needs.
Hello, my name is Peter and I come from England.
I have been working in bilingual kindergartens in Vienna as English teaching assistant since October 2010 and worked with children from the age of 1 to the age of 6.
I joined the Vienna English Preschool in March 2012. I started briefly in the Green Group, but after a short time I moved to the toddler group to learn more about the early year’s education. During my time as an assistant I discovered that I thoroughly enjoyed working with young children and playing a vital role in their development. My interest in early years learning led me to enrol in a Diploma in Pre-school Practice in 2014.
I have since completed my diploma and am working as a teacher in the Yellow Group. At this stage of a child’s development it is essential we as a Preschool progress and enhance their physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language skills.
My aim is to enable your children to build their independence and self-confidence. I believe it is important to encourage them to bring out their individuality and help progress their social skills in a safe caring environment.
Hello, my name is Maren and I am from Portland, Oregon.
I moved to Vienna in April 2018, after completing my Masters degree in Sociology at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. My undergraduate degree was completed at Western Oregon University, where I obtained a BA in Political Science and French Language. I have also lived and studied in Sweden for a year at Linnaeus University.
I have worked with children since I was 14, starting first as a babysitter and nanny. During my high school years I was also an assistant tumbling teacher for children ages 3-10 at a circus school. During my undergraduate summers, I was a camp counsellor for children ages 5-13. These experiences have taught me how to be a leader, and how important movement, imagination, and structured play can be for developing minds. It is always so exciting to watch children grow and really discover their own personalities and passions.
For many years I was also a competitive Irish dancer, partaking in competitions on national and world stages. I love all forms of dance and being active, something I am sure will be useful in working with the Yellow Group!
I truly enjoy working with children, and being in an international setting. I am very excited to get to do both of these now in one place at the Vienna English Preschool.
(Teacher on maternity leave)
Hello, my name is Diana and I come from western Canada. After finishing University (Bachelor of Science degree) and working in the Agriculture and Environmental fields for a few years, I spent some time travelling. At this time I met my husband, who happened to live in Vienna. After several visits and taking a TEFL course (teaching English as a foreign language) in Prague, I moved to Vienna in the beginning of 2012.
During my first few months in Europe I had the opportunity to volunteer at a children’s hospital in Romania where I spent two weeks playing games, and providing comfort and care for abandoned babies and toddlers. This was a powerful experience for me and I discovered a real love of working with children.
Since then, I studied a Master program in Environmental Science and spent two years teaching English to children ranging from 1-10 years old. I enjoy singing songs, reading, and doing arts and crafts with children. Having studied science, I have a special fondness for encouraging children’s curiosity about the sciences and exploring the natural world around them. Being involved with children learning new things and watching their personalities blossom and shine brings me great joy.
It is a great opportunity to join the VEP team and I am excited to share my affection for the sciences and to help provide a cheerful and engaging environment for your children to learn and grow.