Parent & Baby Awards 2022 Page 15 LUXLife Parent & Baby Awards 2022 Baby Erasmus is an international, Englishspeaking kindergarten. Offering daytime activities for babies and children up to 6 years old, whilst also providing afterschool clubs for children between the ages of 3 to 8. Baby Erasmus encourages children to become familiar with English in a natural way. For example, by taking part in activities including arts, crafts, singing, and games. Juan explains, “After 12 years of working with children, we’ve developed our own educative programme. Our children learn English by playing and having fun with friends and teachers in a safe environment. Full immersion in a second language in the early years is the easiest way for children to gain fluency. That’s why our children speak naturally in English with the teachers and classmates in our kindergarten.” Baby Erasmus’ services target a specific clientele – young families with medium to high cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Juan says, “Usually, one or both parents have been working or living abroad, or work for an international company. They understand the need to speak different languages. And they know the importance of learning a second language at an early age. They want to ensure a better future for their children.” The unique selling point offered by Baby Erasmus is full immersion in the second language. This wouldn’t be possible without our team of qualified international staff and native speakers. Teachers hail from countries including the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and the Philippines. Complimenting Speaking a second language has never been more valuable as a skill. One company that’s leading the way in early bilingual education is Baby Erasmus. Based in the historic city of Badajoz in Southern Spain, Baby Erasmus works with children up to 8 years old to make language learning easy and fun. We speak to kindergarten director, Juan Ruiz Subirán, to find out more. Aug22020 Baby Erasmus S.L. Best Bilingual Early Childhood Education Center - Southwest Spain the permanent staff, Baby Erasmus welcomes international students from the UK, Ireland, and EU. Making learning attractive and fun is essential to keeping children curious and interested. The team at Baby Erasmus favours an approach of consistent investigation and innovation. The company employs a range of techniques and disciplines including ICT, educational robotics, flipped classroom, educational gamification, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics). Baby Erasmus even has its own dragon, Babo! In 2015, the company created an activity book, ‘Babo the Dragon’, based on the character and aimed at children aged 2 to 5. The aim being to introduce youngsters to their first English words in a natural way. The book, which won a ‘Bronze Nursery World Award’ in 2019, is set to be transformed into a cartoon for preschoolers. Episodes will soon be available in both English and Spanish. As a leader in its field, Baby Erasmus is currently participating in 6 European projects to improve bilingual education. Juan explains, “We are coordinating two European Erasmus+ projects about bilingual education. We’re participating in another four projects about early childhood education as a partner. We’re working with universities, schools, educational NGOs, educational consultancies and other kindergartens from 15 different countries. We learn from each other and embrace best practices.” Looking to the future, Baby Erasmus will be taking part in a new project that centres around investigating bilingual education and the multiple intelligences theory. The aim being to better adapt education to the different capacities of each child. The project is called ‘BABO: Bilingual and Bicultural Outlook - Learning a Second Language at an Early Age’. It will develop a guide to help teachers to select the best resources and tools depending on the capacities, skills and dominant intelligence of their pupils. Company: Baby Erasmus S.L. Web Address: