The Power of the Bilingual Brain

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 by
  • What are the benefits of acquiring a second language in early childhood?
  • How does learning an additional language aid brain development in both chldren and adults? – what current scientific research shows

Making the Champions of Tomorrow

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 by

A Kindergarten with a Multicultural Environment

“This is not our first kindergarten in Budapest,” explains Educational Director Suzy Jones when asked about the history of the Happy Kids International Kindergarten located in the Buda Hills. “My husband, Peter Jones established the International School of Budapest (ISB) in 1991. Later, he sold that business and it was then that we started Happy Kids kindergarten, which opened in January 2000 with five children,” she adds.

“I’m not hungry,” four-year-old Andrew says sweetly, sitting at the dining room table, his untouched meal before him. His mother takes a deep breath, and the little vein in her neck begins to throb. Another dinner-time battle has begun. Andrew has figured out how to drive his mother crazy: He eats only one brand of canned spaghetti for lunch, refuses dinner and whines for snacks up until bedtime.


Eating is one area where kids can begin to control their parents. Mom and Dad—worried that their slender, picky eater isn’t getting enough nourishment—resort to threatening, bribing, cajoling or catering to their child to try to get him to eat. Once an eating problem develops, it takes patience and time to deal with it. Here are some hints from the experts to help you over the hurdle.

On-site Child Care

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 by

More and more companies are recognizing that providing benefits such as workplace child care centers are beneficial to the company because of increased productivity and decreased absence.

Often parents returning to the workplace are unable to, or find extremely difficult to find quality childcare, causing lowered productivity at work. Employee job satisfaction is also affected. Some parents consistently arrive at work late and leave early in order to drop-off and pick-up their children at day-care centers. Others are becoming even less dependable because they are forced to take days off to stay at home with their children when the day-care centres are closed.

We have installed the new SMART Board 600 interactive whiteboard at Happy Kids. With this new equipment we can create an exciting learning environment which attracts the children’s attention of all ages, making learning a dynamic experience.

Making Champions of Your Children

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 by

The years of early childhood represent the most fertile period for creating true champions of your children. This is the time they are most receptive to knowledge, learning by example and absorbing all that happens around them like a sponge absorbs water.

Orientation of Child to Kindergarten

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 by

Starting kindergarten is an exciting experience for a young child – but it can also be a difficult one. Whatever the personality of the child, however eager he or she may seem to be for the new situation, there will be a moment when the child suddenly realises that you are not going to be there. The fear that accompanies this realisation is a normal reaction. Most children have little difficulty adjusting to kindergarten after they have made an initial visit with the parent. Nevertheless it is important to introduce the child to the kindergarten in a way that makes this first separation from the parent as easy – and painless – as possible.

Stress in Children

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 by

Children experience stress just like adults – they just have different ways of expressing it!


Due to their age and maturity, children have not developed effective coping mechanisms to deal with stress. Due to the amount of time that teachers are with a child, they may be more aware of stress in a child’s life than their parents. Parents and teachers alike need to address the behavioural and emotional problems, while also helping the child develop effective and healthy coping mechanisms.