Whether you are a new expat in Malta or have been a resident for some years, leaving your child with someone else while you are away or at work can be extremely stressful. We understand the struggle to find the best childcare centre for your family, so in this article we outline some of the benefits associated with finding the ideal childcare centre in Malta and after ample research, suggestions, reviews and personal experiences, we have come up with a list of Childcare centres in Malta that we confidently recommend and work with.
We have looked into which childcare centre in Malta cater best for your children. The following things were taken into consideration when creating this list;
- The quality of the preschool program
- Type of teachers and persons in charge
- Previous experiences by other clients
- Classroom types
Benefits of finding the best Childcare centre in Malta;
- Continuous care for your child – In this case, the majority of childcare centres in Malta offer care from the very early months of infancy through toddler hood and in some cases, even beyond. This ensures that your child is receiving constant care, not only when you are around.
- Education – Childcare centres in Malta provide well organised programs that is designed to assist with your child’s development and growth.
- Socialisation – Your child will get first hand experiences from a young age how to socialise, share and interact.
- Cost – The cost of a childcare centre in Malta usually costs you less than hiring a nanny. In addition, your child will also be receiving education.
- Reliability – You have a department to rely on, knowing that they are well equipped to handle your young one, while you are at work.
Best Childcare Centres in Malta & Gozo
Active Learning Childcare Centre
“A caring, safe and secure environment where kids learn and grow”
The first few years of life are an extraordinary time that sets the stage for all the years that follow. Put your mind at ease when leaving your child at Active Learning Childcare Centre.
At Active Learning Childcare Centre the main objective is to assist and support each and every child in their development, through active learning methods that are both fun and educational for your little one.
Their program for learning creates environments that empower children to be confident, successful, lifelong learners and socially responsible citizens. A personalised approach towards every individual’s care depending on the child’s needs and age is provided.
Active Learning Childcare Centre caters for any children from the age of 6 week to 3 years. Their passionate and professional staff ensure that the best care is provided while creating the most interesting activities for the children to learn from. Some of the activities include: themed crafts, cooking, painting, exploration, singing and dancing, puppet shows, role play activities, sensory activities, reading, learning manners, communication skills and much more.
Currently they are operating from centres which are located in the central and northern part of the island, Msida (next to Mater Dei and University of Malta) and Mosta.
On the childcare centre’s page, you can see several positive reviews from satisfied parents and get a good understanding of which educational methods are used.
BeeSmart Childcare Centre and Kindergarten School
BeeSmart Childcare Centre are situated in Santa Venera and is very close to major businesses and employment hubs. Their objective is to provide childcare, kindergarten and summer school club service in a loving, safe and educational environment whilst catering for individual needs. BeeSmart’s qualified employees respond appropriately to every child, so that parents put their mind at ease whilst being away from their loved one.
BeeSmart caters for children from four months to five years of age at Santa Venera. Their child-centred approach promotes the development of creativity, individuality and self-confidence through working in partnership with parents to provide the highest standards of nursery care.
Their mission is to offer secure childcare at all times providing peace of mind to parents who trust children in their care. Professional staff offer close personal attention to each child which is essential to provide a quality experience in every child’s early education.
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Jolly Jumpers Nursery & Early Childhood Education
A childcare centre where your child can find an exciting mix of tuition combined with fun and growth. Jolly Jumpers Nursery & Early Childhood Education focuses on providing the optimal childcare experience with nurture and love.
They strive to offer your child educational and practical tools, that will help the child develop their true potential, while preparing them for the future years, both at school and life.
The childcare has been operating since 2012 and can be found in the popular expat location, Swieqi. Over 8 years passed since their opening, but their mission remained the same, providing exceptional childcare services which are full of encouragement and attention to help your child’s potential to develop in a healthy manner.
At Jolly Jumpers Nursery & Early Childhood Education, they understand that the child’s preschool age, is one of the most crucial periods for children’s mental and physical development. In fact, they tailor their approach towards each and every child differently.
Their team of trained and experienced professional carers are devoted to offer the highest quality of care in their state of the art childcare centre. Apart from the regular childcare solutions, they also provide nursery services, baby day care, after school care and summer school options.
Children & babies from three months old, onwards are accepted at the childcare.
You can reach them through phone on 2767 7077 or via email on [email protected]
Kidstarts Childcare & Development Centre
Sta Venera (next to Lidl Supermarket)
Kidstart is devoted to provide a quality learning early-years education to nurture and enrich the growth and development of children between 3 months and 5 years.
They strive to ensure a strong foundation for the child’s present and future, by guiding and caring for them, with the help of carers, teachers and parents.
Kidstarts Childcare & Development Centre adopts the globally renowned Reggio Emilia approach.
They refer to the child as a guide in the its journey of discovery. By encouraging interactive behaviour and stimulating thinking, their team observes and documents every child’s development stage.
The actual childcare premises provide a safe, comfortable spaces that are a welcoming second home for the child. Additionally the spaces are designed with full intent to encourage the child to explore, solve problems, work with age appropriate materials and much more.
Kidstarts Childcare & Development Centre is open from Monday to Friday from 6:45am to 5:00pm. For more information, give them a call on 2144 5758 or email them via [email protected]
Kids World Nursery
Kids World childcare centre aims to offer a program that meets the intellectual, moral, social, emotional and physical needs according to every child’s individual necessities.
All staff are qualified in pediatric first aid and child care education in order to reach the respective child milestones. They offer an early learning program through the intervention of planned play activities that allow children to grow and enable them to reach their full potential.
- Cooking sessions
- Water games
- Puppets show
- Storytelling and sports activities
Kids World Nursery is situated in Haz-Zebbug (Malta) having two centers at tal-Grazzja street and another within Frans Sammut street, Haz-Zebbug. The nursery opens from Monday to Friday from 6:00am till 17:30 and Saturdays according to parents’ request. After the mentioned time, Kids World Childcare centre, also provides baby sitting at the comfort of the client’s house.
They accept children between the ages of 3 months up to 3 years and also organize summer programs for kids up to 6 years of age. Their nurseries cater for 37 children and 18 children at one time, respectively. Kids World is also part of the free Government scheme which entitle parents who are both in education or employment a free child care services for kids under the 3 years of age.
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La Bacchetta Magica
At La Bacchetta Magica, the main aim is to provide a uniquely happy, caring and secure environment where all children feel valued and can develop into independent, confident individuals at their own pace, under the guidance of professional members of staff.
Their passionate and experienced carers firmly believe that the individual child’s early learning, should be a happy, exciting process, making that “first bridge” between home and school a natural progression.
The child’s natural desire to learn and explore is at the heart of their operations and indeed they positively encourage the children to be kind, helpful, learn, share, work alongside their peers and to develop their curiosity through creative work and play. All the skills are designed to prepare their children for joining mainstream school at a later date.
La Bacchetta Magica, offers a strong sense of community and provides a warm and nurturing environment. There is an excellent child adult ratio to ensure the children are getting the best possible care at this important stage of their learning journey. They provide an extensive range of activities including mathematics, letters and sounds, music, cooking, dance, art, literacy and sports so as to enable your child to reach their full potential. The child carers work closely with the parents, to provide the highest quality of care, education and support for their child and to ensure that the nursery school is a happy place for all who are part of it.
They cater their early years education to children from 3 months to 3 years old. They also form part of Free childcare Government Scheme and are open Monday to Friday, from 6:30am until 7pm.
Get in touch with them on 21448080/79214123 or via email – [email protected]
L’Ecole Childcare Centres
Multiple locations; Blata l-Bajda – Msida – Siggiewi – Qormi – Zebbug
Exploring, Learning & Playing. A number of childcare centres dedicated to over acheive both the needs of children and parents. L’Ecole Childcare’s mission is to provide an exciting and safe place for your beloved child to develop their personality in a healthy manner and become a life-long achiever.
Their team consists of a number of experienced and professional carers that are passionate and dedicated to provide your child with love, care and safety. They dedicate their approach individually and work closely with the parents to offer personalised activities and ensure a healthy, educational and a fun up-bringing for your little one.
The service includes the following:
- Daily routine – circle time, crafts, music, dancing, outdoor play, role play, story-telling, messy play
- Theme Weeks – Theme for each week; Science, Health, Hygiene, Growing our own Food, etc.
- Color Weeks – Dedicated color for each week
- Parents Activity Day
- Parents Meetings
- Annual Celebration Day
- Yoga Sessions for Toddlers
Any child above 3 months up to 3 years of age, is welcome at L’Ecole Childcare and having several locations makes it easier to find the right one for you. The locations are Msida, Qormi, Blata l-Bajda, Zebbug and Siggiewi. In June 2020, a sixth childcare is opening in St. Julian’s.
L’Ecole Childcare Centres also forms part of the Free Childcare Scheme and is open all year round, except from some of the main annual holidays. By understanding the challenging times when you, as a parent is parting for the first time with your child, they offer a transiton process, to help the child settle in, as easy and effortless as possible.
If you are still unsure why you should opt for L’Ecole Childcare Centers, head over to their Facebook page, where you can find many positive praises and reviews from happy parents.
For more information about L’Ecole Childcare Centres contact them on +356 21651334 or via email on [email protected].
Little Einsteins Childcare
Their opening hours are 24/7 – flexibility is their motto! Little Einsteins are currently located in Swatar B’kara, Pieta, Mosta and currently opening in H’Attard for 2020.
Maria Montessori once said ‘We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.
The Montessori philosophy is based on supporting the complete development of the child as they progress from birth to adulthood. It takes the broad vision of education as an aid for life.
As a way of teaching, Little Einsteins offers the view that knowledge isn’t passively gained by listening to words, however, it is gained through experiences in the surrounding environment at the child’s own pace.
On a day to day the children are introduced to a prepared classroom where they can explore, make different choices and learn through hands on activities by making use of their beautiful Montessori materials. Their Montessori materials introduce a wide range of concepts in a concrete way which even the youngest child can understand.
Also, they offer a Montessori programme full of different activities which holistically focuses on different areas of development these include Primary Activity, Practical Life, Sensorial, Maths, English Language, Maltese Language and Culture.
Throughout the day, their teachers guide the children in their learning by acting as a link between the children and the prepared environment.
At Little Einsteins children can learn about all areas of the curriculum by actively participating in activities that engage multiple senses such as dressing up and cooking from diverse cultures. They do not teach by giving lessons but by guiding participation
At Little Einsteins Child Care Centre they make learning fun and learning for life!
Magic Steps Gozo
Located in Xewkija, Gozo, Magic Steps Child Care Centre is the largest child care centre in Gozo which provides excellent care and tuition for any children aged between 0 and 3 years old.
They continuously strive to truly understand the needs of the parents, in order to provide a more efficient and flawless service, that will rest the mind of the children’s parents.
Magic Steps is home to passionate, dedicated and experienced carers that provide high quality tuition, both in terms of education and also to guide children through the development of their early years, while giving the child a memorable and positive experience. They use the emergent curriculum approach with a daily programme of activities that includes crafts, cooking sessions, sensory activities, physical play, science experiments, story telling sessions, puppet shows, basic life skills activities and water and sand play during the spring/summer months.
Their learning facilities are bright, clean and intentionally designed to improve the child’s learning as much as possible with resources and equipment in each room/play area designated according to the children’s ages. Magic Steps also have a large outdoor area in which children can play in a safe and stimulating environment.
Apart from the nursery service, Magic Steps also provides summer school for your children (3 – 6 yr olds) and can be used as an event venue for your child’s birthday party.
Newark Nursery and Kindergarten
Newark Nursery aims to provide a smooth transition for the children whilst not forgetting the emotional wellbeing of the parents and primary caregivers. Mixing with other peers, helps the children develop social skills, including sharing, turn taking and tolerance. At the childcare centre, they provide age appropriate activities and a wide range of toys suitable for that age as well as giving children the opportunity to take part in singing, dancing and storytelling activities.
They ensure that the types of toys encourage children’s development and imaginative play. Newark Nursery provides a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and are well known for their nurturing environment. They offer flexibility yet also clearly established regulations, and a strict sick-child policy. Their structured routine includes plenty of time for physical activity, quiet time, group time, individual activities, meals, snack and free time. Food should be nutritious – no packets or chocolates. This is to encourage and promote healthy eating habits.
Qualified staff are also continuously being trained to update their knowledge and skills and are all trained in First Aid. Carers are responsible, enthusiastic and well prepared. They discuss your requirements in regard to sleep, discipline, feeding and other care issues so as to work hand in hand with your philosophies. They ensure that the child/adult ratio is small and good to encourage interaction and development. They use a key worker approach which means that although the children will interact with a number of adults, they will have one person who will monitor their wellbeing and development.
They ensure that the premises are safe and clean at all times. Toys and equipment (indoor and outdoor) are regularly checked and upgraded.
Newark’s aim is to encourage independence from a young age and to stimulate the children with meaningful experiences and activities aimed at developing the excitement of new thought, imagination and discovery.
SamSam Childcare Centre
An extension of Home not a watered down version of school!
Samsam childcare centre is a place that nurtures the holistic well being of a child: head, heart & soul through childhood curiosity, awe and wonder. Their approach is a beautiful recipe book inspired by the educational pioneers Loris Malaguzzi and the Reggio Emilia Approach, Waldorf and Te Wariki.
Their settings have moved away from the plastic toys and instead are full of eclectic wonderous treasures to inspire children to explore, investigate and discover. Their resources provide an attractive yet practical play space for curious inquisitive minds. Real household items are used allowing children to develop life skills, independence, physical development and to value resources.
In their unhurried environment and passionate educators our children built friendships and relationships develop language, increase vocabulary, think, solve problems and explore.
They do this by adopting a number of philosophies. Such philosophies include, learning through fun methods and educating their children without the added pressure that the traditional and compulsory schooling is usually associated with. They strive to make the child’s experience as pleasurable and fun as possible, while receiving quality education that will guide them throughout their growth.
What will your child experience at SamSam Childcare Centre?
- Trained & qualified staff members
- Multilingual teachers
- Tuff trays
- Sensory and messy activities
- Weekly cooking activities
- Mud Kitchen
- Life skills using authentic resources
- Excursions and outings
- Themed activities
- Summer School Programme
- Constantly monitored by CCTV to provide you with a peace of mind
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Smart From The Start
Smart from the Start Child Care Centres provide safe, affordable and high quality child care for infants and toddlers up to the age of three. They encourage and support each child in all areas of development and promote a positive environment.
At Smart from the Start children learn and have fun through active play, reading sessions and other carefully constructed creative activities.
Smart from the Start was the first childcare centre in Zabbar and is home to passionate fully-qualified teachers experienced at creating the ultimate learning environment for your children. They organise numerous activities and events for the children and on their Facebook page you can see many videos of the children cooking, playing and learning through interactive activities.
The provision of an exceptional service to all children is based on a blend of established child care philosophies such as Reggio Emilia, Waldordf, Montessori etc. Rather than focusing on just one philosophy, the centres utilise different approaches to provide the ultimate learning experience for the children. Smart from the Start also pioneered online learning journeys whereby the parents are uniquely engaged in their children’s day to day activities. Also the centres provide the services of an Early Years Interventionist who visits the centres regularly to observe and report in order to ensure a high standard of service provision.
Depending on your preferred location, Smart from the Start provides childcare in Zabbar and Gzira. Opening hours are between 6am and 6pm with Zabbar centre opening also on Saturday mornings. All centres are fully equipped with CCTV, air-conditioning and are naturally well-lit and ventilated.
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Teddies Childcare Centre
At Teddies childcare centre, the ultimate objective is to provide a safe, secure, welcoming and happy environment for their children.
They do so by providing quality experiences for children aged 0 to 3 years old. They are committed to providing quality activities and experiences to promote each child’s development and learning in all areas and to enable each child to become a confident individual, an effective contributor, a successful learner and a responsible citizen.
The wellbeing of children and young people is at heart of the ‘Getting It Right for Every Child’ approach. This approach uses areas of wellbeing in which children need to progress in order to do well now and in the future.
They support children to be; safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included.
As the children reach the school age, they would have been guided and prepared for their first year at school. Evaluation of each and every child is carried with regard to the children’s learning and development.
You can find them in Zurrieq.
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The childcare centre where tuition and child care are combined under the same roof.
The Playhouse is located in Gharghur and does not only offer quality education to your beloved children, but also life lessons and acitivities, that your child will cherish and find useful, throughout their life.
The centre is home to a clean and safe environment, equipped with stimulation equipment to encourage the child’s healthy growth and development. Apart from its in-house facilities, the centre also boasts an outdoor space and outdoor activities.
The Playhouse childcare welcomes children from 0 to 3 years old and when it comes to babies, they have dedicated facilities such as designated changing rooms, baby cots and high chairs. The carers at The Playhouse are all fully qualified and equipped with ample experience in caring for children. Apart from that, the centre itself is government scheme approved.
Their opening times are quite irregular when compared to other centres as they operate on parents demands from early hours in the morning such as 6am. Their closing hours are flexible and they also organise many children activities outside the centre’s typical time. The centre also offers kitchen faciilites and in house food for anyone that has no time to prepare food.
If you have any children
that are up to 6 years of age, they also offer summer school, in which activities
Last but not least, The Playhouse Childcare centre is always on the lookout for professional and passionate carers. They also offer specific courses dedicated for child carers and even managerial positions. The latter courses are given within their in-house institute for learning at level 4 and also level 5 with preparation for university courses on request.
For more information, visit their Facebook page (The Playhouse Gharghur and The Playhouse Institute), where you can also find many positive reviews and praises from other parents and students. You can also contact them via phone on 27 134 338/99238922 or email on [email protected]
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The Nursery School – Child Day Care Club
‘Slide your kids into a World of Fun and Educations!’ At The Nursery School, they provide quality service and dedicated care to their little ones.
They create their programmes with the aim to ensure and stimulate your children’s interest and abilities. Furthermore, their activities change with every season or depending on the occasion.
They are situated in three different locations, Mellieha, Mosta and Gziraand are usually open from 6.30am to 6.00pm during the week. On Saturday most of their centres open depending on availability.
Their programmes consist of two main different activities; Games and Arts & Crafts
Games – The children’s days are packed with different games and fun activites, offering a mix of games, each with the aim of improving your child’s skills;
- Water play
- Outdoor play
- Free play
Arts & Crafts – encouraging freedom and creativity in your little ones!
- Handprints, footprints and crafts
- Messy play
- Cooking activities
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Luqa -Skyparks & Paola
YoYo Kids is not just another glorified baby-sitting service. They are different.
They understand that the early years are a crucial period in a child’s development. Their experienced staff and innovative programs provide your children with an unsurpassed learning experience. They know that parents expect the best for their kids, and they are committed to providing the highest standards of child care in a first-class, child-appropriate environment.
They are not simply offering fun and games in a supervised and safe environment. At YoYo Kids they provide an organized learning and development program based on the principles of the Gardner Theory of Multiple Intelligences and the Montessori Philosophy and Practices.
The YoYo Child Care Centres at SkyParks and Paola provide a safe and caring environment that promotes learning and child development.
The centres house custom-designed play areas and various age-appropriate zones including:
• the Messy Zone
• the Active Zone
• the Quiet Zone
• the Sensory Activity Zone
• an Outdoor play Zone
Free Childcare Scheme is also available.
Rest your mind and send your child to a trustworthy and reliable childcare centre in Malta. This guide is designed to help you find the best childcare centre in Malta for your beloved child.