It-Tajra Childcare Centre

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It-Tajra Childcare Centre started operating in April 1996 in order to make it easier for parents and guardians of pre-school age children to study or work on Campus and to serve as a centre for research in Child Development and Early Childhood Education. This centre is located at the Msida Campus. 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, amongst 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 the following:

  1. Children who develop a strong sense of identity
  2. Children who have a positive self-image
  3. Children are socially adept
  4. Children who are effective communicators
  5. 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
  • 2 January
  • Easter Monday
  • 16 August 
  • 26 December 

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 online application form or from the 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:

  • application form
  • a copy of your child’s birth certificate  
  • 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.
  1. 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.
  2. Students reading for a full-time degree or diploma at UM or any other entity recognised by UM.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Other members of staff not appointed through Council, working at UM or any other entity recognised by UM.
  6. The general public.

It-Tajra Childcare Centre offers afternoon drop-off sessions between 13:30 and 17:00. School-aged children will have the opportunity to do their homework with the help of a homework teacher as well as participate in various clubs and free play activities.

You can download the application form or collect it from It-Tajra Centre. Your child's application for the drop-off session becomes active only when the following are submitted to the Manager: 

  • Application form
  • a copy of your child’s birth certificate  
  • Pick-up Authorisation Form, Medical History Forms and Image-using Consent Form (These forms can be collected from the office)

The application form and policies and procedures manual are available from the Manager. 

Contact

It-Tajra Childcare Centre

Tel: +356 2340 2134

 

Manager:

Ms Johanna Gatt


Carers: 

Ms Erica Pace
Ms Amy Pons
Ms Manimekala Ramanathan
Mr Antoine Scerri


Attendants:

Ms Frances Caruana
Ms Sandra Magro
Ms Anna Scicluna 


Administration: 

Ms Charlene Mizzi Bonello 


https://www.um.edu.mt/hrmd/childcare/tajra