The WIZO Siem kindergarten and the Anikster preschool and afternoon center offer a warm and welcoming educational framework for children of the Weizmann Institute community. In all of our daycare centers, children enjoy a rich and diverse environment, with a strong focus on their cognitive, social, physical and emotional developmental needs.
Info for Parents
The educational staff consists of close to 45 kindergarten teachers, caregivers and young women in national service, all of whom are highly trained and skilled professionals. The ratio of caregivers to children is exceedingly higher than the standardized ratio in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Labor and Education. As such, we provide a high-quality educational environment that strives to address the needs of each and every child, in a warm and family-friendly atmosphere that encourages both development and learning. Each daycare center has a kitchen and a cook that is responsible for providing a variety of fresh and nutritious meals, in collaboration with a certified nutritionist.
The kitchen staff are an integral part of each daycare center, where they prepare rich and varied meals for the children. The children get to know the staff well and through them, learn about the importance of a healthy diet and the love for cooking.
All of the meals prepared and served to the children are approved by a certified nutritionist and meet high-quality standards of the Ministry of Health.
The Kindergarten Support Program is a dedicated support system for daycare centers and kindergartens, aimed at assisting the educational staff on issues related to motor, sensory, verbal and emotional development. The Kindergarten Support team consists of psychologists, occupational therapists, speech–language pathologists, educational counselors and emotional therapists. The team works in collaboration with the kindergarten teachers and caregivers to identify, develop and integrate children with developmental delays into the kindergarten.
Kindergarten Support Objectives
- Identify children with difficulties and plan internal kindergarten intervention at the individual and/or group level, and refer children, if necessary (via the parents), to local health and welfare professionals, and monitor their progress.
- Assist kindergarten teachers in adapting work methods for children with difficulties, in accordance with their developmental stage, difficulties, abilities and personality traits.
- Encourage and assist kindergarten teachers in contacting local health and welfare services and establish ongoing cooperation and collaboration.
WIZO is an international organization with cumulative experience of over 90 years in the education and care of children in early childhood and daycare centers.
The daycare centers at the Weizmann Institute are operated and supervised by the organization in accordance with the highest educational standards.
For more information, visit WIZO Daycare Centers
The Steering Committee holds the highest authority and decides on matters concerning the operation and management of the daycare centers.
The committee is chaired by DR. Ruth Shouval. Committee members include representatives from the scientific sector who are responsible for various fields – Dr. David Zeevi, Head of Daycare Registration Committee, Dr. Hillel Aharoni, responsible for building and maintenance, and Dr. Meital Aharoni, responsible for the afternoon center.
In addition, Steering Committee members are representatives of the technical administrative sector, students and representatives of WIZO.
The Steering Committee deliberates on various issues, including admission criteria to the daycare center, dates and registration planning, the daycare center’s educational program, standardization, tuition fees and current pedagogical issues.
Committee Chairman: Dr. Ruth Shouval
Scientific Representatives: Dr. David Zeevi , Dr. Hillel Aharoni, Dr. Meital Oren
Student Representatives: Neta Colette
Technical Administrative Sector Representatives: Yael Litchevsky, CPA, Adi Greenberg Peretz, Adv. Shelly Levhar
WIZO representatives: Caro Ran , WIZO Daycare Center Supervisor, Nurit Rosmen, Director, Anikster Preschool, Anat Naor, Director, Siem Kindergarten
When is it feasible and necessary to contact the committee?
As a general rule, prior to contacting the Steering Committee, qualified professionals and administrative bodies should first be consulted.
For pedagogical matters and day-to-day management, please contact the kindergarten teachers and/or the directors of the Siem kindergarten and Anikster preschool. For registration issues, please contact Shelly Levhar, Head of the Welfare department.
The Steering Committee can be contacted with any issue that has not been addressed by qualified professionals and administrative bodies, including special requests regarding kindergarten registration and admission, pedagogical matters, recommendations to improve the centers’ operations, or dissatisfaction with its operations.
The pedagogical team consists of volunteers from the parents of children in the kindergartens, across all sectors of the Institute.
The purpose of the team is to raise awareness and promote various issues and initiatives on content, enrichment and special projects.
In each class, several parents volunteer for the Parent Committee.
The committee is responsible for building a budget together with the kindergarten teacher/class leader for various class activities and requirements and assists the staff in organizing a variety of activities, as and when needed.