CREATIVE, RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL CENTER FOR CHILDREN “Morfosi” INTERNAL OPERATING PROCEDURES OF EVOSMOS-POLICHNI
Article 1. PREAMBLE
All over the world, children are highly valued by their parents and society. Children are innocent, vulnerable and dependent. They are still curious, energetic and full of hope. Their future must be shaped in harmony and cooperation. To broaden their perspectives and gain new experiences.
Childhood should be a period of joy and peace, play, learning and development because children are the future investors of every society. Over recent decades it has been proven that a Childs point of view and an adults interest in children is increasingly important in society, this has been made apparent in politics and the relative administrative changes but also in everyday life.
“Morfosi” aims to:
Article 1. RECOMMENDATION and PURPOSE
Morfosi is aimed for children aged 5-12 years old in good health, from compulsory education and up to 12 years old (i.e. from 5-12 years old). Children with mild motor or sensory problems can also enroll in this unit. (Of standard development)
The purpose of “Morfosi” is the creative educationof children for a certain period of the day, outside school hours, the proper use of free time with individual or organised activities or through organised groups of workshops to support the physical, mental, emotional and social development, at the same time helping parents.
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The purpose of the structure is the creative educationof children and the development of their skills, by applying modern teaching practices and organised individualised and group activities to support physical, mental, emotional and social development and their familiarity with new technologies and forms of expression and communication, such as play, singing, painting, music, arts and discussion, in order to gain skills such as decision making and social development of each child.
Morfosi organises creative activities for its children with the aim of fulfilling the following goals, which promote healthy models of social development and living:
Article 2. SERVICES – ACTIVITIES
“Morfosi” for the fulfillment of its purposes, as described above, provides the following services:
Educational Robotics is an effective tool for the development of cognitive strategies by children. It is carried out with the active participation of children who work in teams and work as a combination of many sciences, mainly IT, electronics and mechanical engineering.
Dealing with robotics involves two types of activities: construction and programming. The children build robotic structures and then program them to give solutions to authentic problems posed by the teacher based on their experiences, interests and needs.
Educational Robotics activities require special equipment and specifically LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 robotics.
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Theatrical play is a pleasant way of expression and creation. It helps children who are more introverted to express themselves. Its goal is to explore and discover the world around them, but also to find their own place in it.
Children think, coexist, interact and socialize. They have fun, while at the same time developing their language skills, providingmental relaxation, and promoting self-confidence.
Through theatrical play the child is active while exercising their imagination and freely expressing themselves emotionally and physically. The children can enjoy the perks of theatre without being judged, and can focus on expressing themselves outside of the rules and expectations of the theater.
Children think, coexist, interact, discover, deepen and rejoice in a process that starts from various stimuli, such as a poem, a short story, a performance, an internet video, a newspaper article or a picture.
Play, body movement, silence and pausing, improvisation and role play will give each child relief, enjoyment, helping them to understand themselves but also the needs and beliefs of others.
Furthermore, theatrical education is very important as it helps introverted children to express themselves, because here communication is not only done by verbal communication but by using other expressive means, such as improvisation, movement, and even silence”.
Within the Theatrical Game, the dramatisation of a Fairy tale is also included. Dramatisation is the transformation of a fairy tale from a simple story into a theatrical play. It has a very creative outcome through which children can express themselves, strengthen their self-confidence, and develop their creativity and imagination.
They also manage to communicate, share and understand the world in which they live, gradually develop the possibility of self-expression (verbal and non-verbal) and self-control of emotions and behavior.
Also included in the Theatrical Game is a Fairytale Narration.
Storytelling releases the imagination and stimulates their curiosity. It helps children learn to concentrate and focus their attention. It enriches their vocabulary and helps in the development of their brain. Finally, it relaxes them after a long day full of obligations and extracurricular activities.
For the activities of the Theatrical Game items such as fabrics, musical instruments (drums), hats, books with fairy tales are used.
VISUAL ARTS AND ART WORKSHOPS
It consists of a workshop that refers to visual art and in particular to drawing (with various materials or mixtures of them) and sculpture. Children’s involvement with art has many benefits, such as cultivating their creativity, developing their problem solving abilities, developing skills such as team work, concentration, perseverance and self-confidence. In addition, children receive opportunities to develop their aesthetic criteria through contact and observation of works of art by famous artists.
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During visual arts children learn the History of Art.
The history of art is a chapter of humanities that deals with the scientific study and research of the arts, especially the visual arts, during their historical development. The subject of art history theoretically extends throughout the world from the earliest prehistory to the present day.
Children have a great interest in the history of arts, as through the workshop they understand the concept of time and evolution that takes place, they get to know the culture and civilisation of various populations, they learn about the way of life, the organisation of society, the birth and evolution of the arts, they develop observation through contact with works of art, learn about the sources of knowledge and ways of exploring the past, develop their aesthetic criterion within a specific context and create works of art with specific stimuli.
During our Art Workshops, children learn through the process of creation, cultivate aesthetics and are able to perceive what is beautiful and what is not. They therefore acquire critical thinking through the world of painting. They learn to collaborate and communicate through teamwork. . They get to know amazing artists and various techniques. Finally, it helps with the emotional development of children like most arts.
For our art activities the following are required, colours, pencils, crayons, watercolors, oil pastels, felt tips, charcoal, clay, plasticine, glues, scissors, paper by the meter, cardboard and many more materials.
CREATIVE MOVEMENT AND PLAY
Play is a biological need for children, however it is limited during a school year and replaced by a variety of extracurricular activities. This workshop utilises team play aiming to release children’s energy through, entertainment, fun and enjoyment. It helps children to experience and express their emotions, while at the same time their imagination is stimulated. In addition, with the activities of this module, their creativity, concentration and rapid thinking are developed, and children learn to reflect and give solutions. It promotes physical activity, the adherence to rules, but also the acquisition of skills such as teamwork, respect, cooperation, conflict resolution and finding solutions.
For the activities of Creative Movement and play, balls, hoops and pins are used.
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Through observation and experimentation, children learn to reflect, to think logically, they discover how mistakes are made (an experiment can fail), but mistakes are precisely what help us learn, tο correct them and accept that failure is the beginning of something new. They also learn to love nature and to look at the world around them.
As we get older, we hear about natural phenomena and learn about attributes of the world, but without really understanding the reasons and effects of these phenomena and attributes. Through the scientific experiments contained in this educational package, children learn through experiments the natural phenomena encountered in the sciences of physics and chemistry, and by extension in our daily lives.
Through play and team work, children discover characteristics of materials and interact with natural phenomena, such as the phenomenon of pressure, static electricity, rubber properties and others. Children can then better understand the basic mechanisms of the world and the planet we live on!
For the activities of the Scientific Experiments we require simple materials which can be found inside each of our houses, also Physics instruments and Chemistry reagents with which our centers are fully equipped.
A different film awaits our children, once a week.
Watching films has an educational dimension, giving children a variety of stimuli. Through the films, various answers are given, to their questions about the world but also allows them to travel to imaginary worlds.
Each film is followed by a discussion and the children express their thoughts. Thus, enjoyment, fun and education are combined.
Cinema activities require a large television or projector.
Musical games, theory, introduction to great composers (work and short biography), instrumental knowledge, construction of musical instruments and the history of music.
These activities require a stereo system, musical instruments, a harmonium, a guitar, a xylophone and percussion instruments.
HOMEWORK / STUDY GROUP
A School Study group is offered 2 hours a day for children whose mothers work and request it. The service is provided by Primary Education Teachers (Teachers or nursery Teachers) or Secondary Education (Philologists or Mathematicians).
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Article 3. BUILDING FACILITIES OF THE CENTER
The premises of “Morfosi” are located at 29 Kolokotroni Street with 36 Nymfaiou Street, Evosmos Thessaloniki of the Municipality of Kordelio-Evosmos and 52 Elpidos Street in Polichni, Thessaloniki, of the Municipality of Pavlos Melas, and they meet all the technical specifications as defined in Ministerial Decision No. Π1β/Γ.Π.οικ.14951 (Government Gazette 1397/τ. Β/22-10-2001).
Article 4. RIGHT OF REGISTRATION – REGISTRATION OF CHILDREN – CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING CHILDREN
Children from the age of enrolment in compulsory education and up to 12 years (5-12 years) are enrolled in”Morfosi”.
Most registered children are from the area of Kordelio-Evosmos, to which Morfosi belongs, without excluding the registration of children residing in a neighboring Municipalities or areas, if there are places available, or in the case of a particular social need of the parents.
When registering, priority is given to children:
A. Beneficiaries of women of the Act “Harmonization of family and professional life”
B. Unemployed and working parents, as well as families with low finances , preferably those in need of care from various social causes (e.g. children orphaned by two or one parent, children of single mothers, divorced or separated parents, children from parents with physical or mental disabilities, large families, etc.) and
C. All other categories. For the registration of children, the following documents are required:
Applicanteligibility is based on certain criteria is then provided to the annual funding program from national or European Union resources.
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Applicants that have been accepted in the current annual funding program from national or European Union resourcesare selected.
B. For non-beneficiaries of the Act “Harmonization of family and professional life”
Legal Entities of Private Law of a profit-making nature are excluded from the criteria in the annual funding program in force from national or European Union resources for the integration of beneficiaries.
The registration of children whose mothers are not beneficiaries of such programs is done throughout the year with a relevant application for registration. All benefits and facilities apply to these children, as to children participating in a funding program from national or European Union resources, and the same attendance monitoring procedure and other documents and operating rules apply.
To prevent deviant behavior from children, the following should be enforced:
1. Clear rules that must be applied
The selection of children is made by the sponsoring body but also upon the recommendation of the Director of the Center.
C. In order to deal with deviant behavior of children straying from the rules aimed at the proper functioning of the structure, the following are defined:
The director of the facility must assist and monitor the implementation of clear rules that respect human rights and promote the peaceful resolution of conflicts between children.
2. Good supervision of the structure.
3. Implementation of a common policy and cooperation of teachers.
4. Cultivating social skills in children and combating all kinds of racism.
5. Implementation of a program of social and emotional learning and respect for rights.
6. Meaningful cooperation with parents.
7. Use of continuous teacher training on bullying and violence.
In order to deal with deviant behavior of children from the rules, the following should be enforced:
1. Timely response to the incident.
2. Informing the parents involved.
3. Implementation of the structural policy.
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4. Children do not solve their problems on their own. The topic is discussed with the children involved and the accountable students are not punished, but when necessary recommendations and warnings are given.
5. We seek assistance from mental health services for advice depending on the severity of the issue.
6. The event is recorded in the incident book and monitoring takes place.
7. In case the child does not adapt to the rules and the framework of operation of the facility, he/she will be removed from the program after final notification of the guardians.
Article 5. OPENING HOURS
“Morfosi” adjusts their operation according to the opening hours of the schools in the area.
The center shall remain closed:
During public holidays, the celebration of a national or local event and during the celebration of the Patron Saint Demetriou of Thessaloniki.
|DAYS OF OPERATION
|WINTER TIME TABLE
|13:30 – 21:30
|08:00 – 16:00
|13:30 – 21:30
|08:00 – 16:00
|13:30 – 21:30
|08:00 – 16:00
|13:30 – 21:30
|08:00 – 16:00
|13:30 – 21:30
|08:00 – 16:00
|TOTAL WEEKLY OPERATION
Specifically, “Morfosi” operates Monday-Friday in 2 shifts the opening hours are as follows:
“Morfosi” operates in two (2) shifts that are configured as follows:
• For the winter hours, from 13:30 – 21:30, as follows:
1. First (afternoon) shift: from 13.30 – 17.30
2. Second (evening) shift: from 17.30 – 21.30
• For the summer hours, from 08.00 – 16.00, as follows:
1. First (morning) shift from 08.00 – 12.00
2. Second (lunch) shift from 12.00 – 16.00
In each shift, four hours are defined as a minimum. The number of children in each shift will not exceed the number specified in the decision on the establishment and operation license.
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Article 6. STAFF
The specialties of the members of staff, for the School year 2021-2022 are:
In the event of a change in the program member of staff may undertake duties and lead activities outside of their specialty:
The above may be graduates of Higher Education institutions, Higher Technological Educational Institutions of the country, holders of equivalent degrees of educational institutions abroad or holders of degrees of domestic or foreign equivalent schools, which relate to creative, recreational and educational activities. The CV of each member of staff is filed on site. The ratio of specialized staff / children is 2 people per 25 children
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The staff employed at “Morfosi” submit a health certificate, which is renewed in accordance with the current legislation.
Morfosicollaborates with specialised staff, so that children can develop through creative activities, imagination, teamwork, a sense of belonging, inspiration, freedom, expression and competition.
The staff must identify and cultivate the abilities and skills of each child, and contribute to their social skills and smooth integration.
The director is defined as the oldest teacher of the structure or the one who has the most experience.
The cleaning – support staff performs the cleaning of the internal and external areas, as well as any other work assigned to them by the head of the Center.
The staff is obliged to contribute to the proper functioning of the site, to perform the tasks assigned to them and to ensure the maintenance of a first aid kit.
All members of staff must ensure a safe and welcoming environment so our students can achieve their highest potential.
Children must arrive in the first half hour of their allocated and children will be picked up within the facility supervised by staff.
Cooperation with the parents or guardians of the children is imperative when an issue arises, the issue will be addressed by our staff or by the Director of the Facility with the aim of protecting each child separately, even in cases where issues of deviant behavior of the child arise.
The rules of good behavior are taught on a daily basis, it is part of the educational process and the development of individual topics, and among these are the cases of violence and bullying.
Maintaining the cleanliness and quality of the premises is the responsibility of our cleaning staff and teachers, throughout the working hours. Part of the pedagogical process aims to educate children to respect the space and rules of cleanliness and hygiene.
To create a climate that facilitates an effective and seamless operation of the program,the distribution of responsibilities, rights and obligations of all of the members of staff are:
The director is the oldest teacher of the structure or the one who has the most experience.
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The Director of the facility has both administrative and teaching responsibilities in this area.
In particular, the Director of the facility:
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address potential problems.
issues that concern them, and the school. They must also cultivate principles and spirit
solidarity and collectivity.
Teachers’ rights are dictated by working laws
Article 7. ADMINISTRATION
The following books must be kept at the centre:
c) Program of workshops – activities that are followed
a) A register with children’s names and contact details of parents / guardians.
b) Detailed daily attendance / absence log.
d) Incident book
e) Attendance status of the staff of eachcentre
f) Activity book
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ARTICLE 8: MANAGER – DIRECTOR
The Director of Morfosi is PETROPOULOS NIKOLAOS of CHRISTOS
Issues that arise and have not been addressed in the Regulations, are dealt with on a case-by-case basis by the Director of the facility and its staff.
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THE DIRECTOR PETROPOULOS NIKOLAOS