Valya Todorova, Managing Director, and her team create the best environment for preschoolers
The sooner young children find themselves in a place that offers top-quality early education, the better. ABC KinderCare Centre is such a place. Established in 2008, the chain of kindergartens always puts first the wellbeing, happiness and education of children, and the satisfaction of their families. ABC stands out with its multicultural environment, a strong feel of community and English-language instruction. To provide the best results, ABC partners with the departments for Pre-School Education and English Language at the Sofia University and is a member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). To learn more, we met with the woman behind the success of ABC, Managing Director Valya Todorova.
What experience is it for you to manage a chain of international kindergartens in Sofia?
ABC is the first chain of international kindergartens in Sofia. As head of such an institution, I feel daily the responsibility to be guided by the highest standards in pre-school education. Thanks to the dedicated work of our academic team, ABC KinderCare has established itself over the past 13 years as a kindergarten that guarantees a professional approach, high-quality childcare and excellent English language training.
During these years we gained the trust of hundreds of families from all over the world. The Director has a responsibility to the children, and they definitely come first for us. On the other hand, I highly value our teachers. It is important for me that they, as professionals, have the freedom and the opportunity to dо their best, to use their creativity and to have enthusiasm for professional development. To lead ABC for me means to be part of a wonderful family where everyone feels like they belong here – both children and teachers. And together we move towards one goal – the best possible experience and environment for preschoolers.
What do you aim to achieve and provide to children and their parents at ABC KinderCare Centre?
ABC KinderCare Centre offers educational services that are based and follow the latest global trends in pre-school children's education and development. Our programs are entirely based on creating a full-day English environment. The community of families we build is extremely diverse. Currently ABC has three locations in Sofia where children of 19 nationalities are trained. The environment and trust we have built over the years enable our academic teams to work with families from different parts of the world who become an integral part of our daily activities. This enables our young graduates to get to know different cultures, traditions, and languages closely from an early age. Our aspiration is to enable children to achieve their full potential and become wonderful citizens of the world.
You apply the highest British educational standards. What are their advantages for children?
An important part of our program is the adaptation of each new child. We know that every new start for our young students is different and requires patience, care, love, trust and individual approach from our teams. Based on our long experience with children between the ages of 2 and 6, we at the ABC have built an adaptation program that enables both the child and the parent, who in most cases is no less emotional, smooth and gradual adaptation to the new environment. The communication which is entirely in English, the situations and activities that our academic teams create and in which they involve our young students, enable each of our children to quickly feel the environment as their second home. When children feel calm, happy and motivated to work, this gives them the freedom to easily express their feelings, emotions, thoughts, interests using the language in which they communicate with their teachers and peers. The goals we achieve together with the children are a great basis for them to deal with any challenges that the future has prepared for them.
АВС KinderCare Centre has the image of a place where children from all corners of the world feel at home. Please, describe the atmosphere and environment that you create at ABC.
The ABC team works with families from all over the world, and the real magic happens when different nationalities come together under the same roof and become one family. The kids learn that although we are different, together we can achieve much more and go further. We, the ABC team, strongly believe that every nation carries the spirit of its tradition and culture anywhere in the world. In ABC we treat with great respect the different traditions and customs that our families have. Part of our academic program is celebrating the various international holidays. It is also our great pride that our families are actively involved in these classes. We believe that every child needs support to develop confidence in their own strengths. Children achieve only as much as we help them believe they can achieve. Hand in hand, with the support of our families, an integral part of the ABC community, we walk the road to first grade with our brave students and end up parting with pride with the children who bravely embark on a new adventure.
ABC Lozenets 1: Sofia, 27 Hristo Smirnenski Blvd
ABC Lozenets 2: Sofia, 31А Buntovnik St
ABC Dragalevtzi: Sofia, 8 Lagadina St
+359 889 80 96 55