Ilwien Childcare Centre opened its doors on 21 October 2013 in order to make it easier for parents and guardians of pre-school children to study or work at the Junior College and to serve as a centre for research in Child Development & Early Childhood Education. Today, the general public may also avail itself of this service.
The Child Care Services of the University of Malta endeavour to provide a safe and healthy environment in which children grow holistically. The staff, in collaboration with parents and other stakeholders, is committed to ensure a creative environment conducive to learning through play and to instill in children an inquisitive attitude and love for learning.
The two centres cater for the pre-school education of children aged 1.5 years to 3 years 11 months. The pre-school classroom set-up, where structured play is the predominant factor, reflects the belief that children learn best in a stimulating yet ordered environment. Hence, the two schools are an open plan and divided into well-defined areas including role play, messy area, construction area, music and dance, among others. The centres also include provision for nappy changing and a rest area for children attending for more than five hours. Outdoor activities held in the facilities outdoor play areas provide the necessary balance complementing the activities held indoors.
The centres’ main goals, in line with the National Curriculum (2102) and the Learning Outcomes Framework for early years, are:
children who develop a strong sense of identity
children who have a positive self-image
children are socially adept
children who are effective communicators
children who nurture positive attitudes towards learning and become engaged and confident learners.
Winter: 1 October to 15 June
Morning session: 07:30 – 13:30
Afternoon session: 13:30 – 17:30
Summer: 16 June to 30 September
Morning session: 07:30 – 13:30
The Centres do not operate on:
weekends and on national and public holidays falling during the week
Enrolment is made from an official waiting list based on the priority of enrolment outline and vacancies in the particular age group. The Application Form and Policies and Procedures Manual are available from the Manager’s office.
Applications can be made only on the official Application Form available onlineor from each respective centres. A non-refundable application fee of EUR 35 must be paid to activate the application on the waiting list.
Your child’s application for enrolment becomes active only when the following are submitted to the Manager or Centre Co-ordinator:
a copy of the EUR 35 application fee official receipt form the Malta Post, Campus Office.
Term fees are subject to change, therefore are not posted on the website. For more information, kindly contact the Manager.
Children enrolled shall not be younger than 1.5 years and not older than 3 years 11 months.
Siblings of children who are enrolled at either facility will be given top priority for enrolment while their siblings are still attending the facility.
All resident academics and administrative, technical and industrial members of staff appointed through Council, working full-time at the University of Malta (UM) or any other entity recognised by UM.
Students reading for a full-time degree or diploma at UM or any other entity recognised by UM.
All resident academics and administrative, technical and industrial members of staff appointed through Council, working part-time (20 hours per week and over) at UM or any other entity recognised by UM.
All academic, administrative, technical and industrial members of staff appointed through Council, working less than 20 hours per week at UM or any other entity recognised by UM. Students reading for a part-time (morning) degree or diploma at UM or any other entity recognised by UM.
Other members of staff not appointed through Council, working at UM or any other entity recognised by UM.