Kids News

Kids's starting school age will be raised

Starting school age in Cyprus will gradually increase following a research that shows that it is more difficult for younger children to adjust to primary school. According to the education ministry, as of the 2020-2021 school year children entering first grade must be five years and 10 months old, two months older than the current age threshold. As of the school year 2021-2022, first graders must be six by September 1 of each school year to be admitted to primary school. The age for children starting the compulsory year of preschool will change in a similar, so by 2021 they must be five.

‘What’s that bird? A bird guide for young explorers’  - a new book for children in Cyprus
BirdLife Cyprus’s latest book ‘What’s that bird?’ is a bird guide for young explorers that can be used by children starting 7 years old but early readers are also welcome! Elena Markitani explains why it’s especially important in Cyprus to introduce kids to the wonders of the natural world while they are young.

The bird guide targets mainly children and aims to bring children closer to nature, the world of birds and to encourages birdwatching. The guide presents 63 bird species of Cyprus that can be seen and identified with ease by children. The title of the book translated in English is ‘What’s that bird? A bird guide for young explorers’ . The book begins with an introduction to birdwatching, and simple advice and tips on where to begin and on how to watch birds responsibly. There’s also a glossary with the most common terms related to birds and their behaviours, as well as a key to all the symbols used for each bird presented i.e. sex, seasons, habitat types, food and other characteristics such as whether the bird is migratory, breeding in Cyprus, permanent resident or whether it is a priority species for conservation action. For each species there is information on its behaviour, special characteristics and where it can be seen. In the last pages, there’s a checklist of all 63 species presented, urging children to keep track of what they see and take notes, as well as a map of Cyprus with all the important locations for birdwatching marked on it.

"Every great naturalist or ornithologist was a child once. But what first opened that child’s eyes to the wonders of nature? Was it a loving parent or an inspiring teacher? Did they experience some perfect ‘lightbulb’ moment – ‘WOW! Look at that bird, the fast one diving through the sky…it’s amazing!’
The resulting book – ‘What’s that bird? A bird guide for young explorers’ – is just one of the many actions BirdLife Cyprus has been taking to inspire younger generations about the natural world around them.
Within its beautifully illustrated pages, sixty-three amazing birds of Cyprus (and their habitats) are now waiting to be discovered, explored and treasured. The book has been making its way into the homes of children, scouts, students, educators, and even other adults who simply could not resist the call of the young explorer inside. 
The other day one parent told us that her five-year-old son is totally obsessed with the book and spent hours showing her all the pictures one by one. And he can’t even read yet!"

‘What’s that bird? A bird guide for young explorers’ was possible thanks to the support of Oak Foundation. The bird illustrations were done by wildlife artist Paschalis Dougalis whom we thank for his wonderful work.

The book can be found at: BirdLife Cyprus !
Phone no: +357 22455072

What is UCMAS Brain Development Program for Elementary Children?

A very interesting, exciting and new program to create smart children brought to you by UCMAS Cyprus in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos!

UCMAS (Universal Concepts of Mental Arithmetic Systems). The UCMAS is a world renowned innovative educational method and the only program in Cyprus for the development of your child's brain. The UCMAS began in 1993 in Malaysia by Dr. Dino Wong and implemented in more than 5500 educational centers in over 57 countries like USA, Canada, England, Spain, Germany, Russia, Malaysia, India, China, Australia, Japan, etc. 
Through the process of learning at various levels, the children initially learn to make calculations first with a real abacus that is ahead of them, and then with a virtual / imaginary abacus on their mind. This cognitive use of abacus is evident in children after completion level UCMAS 3 (see the levels further down the page). The UCMAS addressed to young students, 6-12 years, where their mind is the phase of development, so as to gain the maximum benefits is assured.
The UCMAS is recognized world globally with amazing results. Research of University of Manchester (UK), on a sample of 3185 children ages 7-11, after intensive UCMAS program for 34 weeks, 1.5 hours a week, there was significant increase in intelligence (IQ) of children. Research by University of California San Diego - UCSD (USA) & Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT (USA), where 400 children after training in UCMAS program, had an advantage in mathematical calculations, was more accurate and faster than children who did not participate in this program.

Start courses: 2nd October 2017
Click for registration here:

Family Sundays at Leventis Municipal Gallery

A Sunday visit with your family to the A. G. Leventis Gallery.
Come with your whole family and spend a fun Sunday discovering the A. G. Leventis Gallery and get creative with arts and crafts making memories together.
The artist Ioanna Philippou will be your host for this special Family experience.

Theme: "Magical Flower Pots"

Price: 10 euros (2nd child 5 euros, more children and parents free)
Please reserve a place at or telephone 22668838 (Educational Programmes & Tours), Monday - Friday, 10.00-13.00 & 13.30-16.00

Limited Availability 
Sponsor: MITSIDES Public Company LTD.
Permanent media Sponsor: Η Καθημερινή
With the Support of: Mona's Art

the Marina Katsaris and Kypros Georgiou! 

New Training Program for Schools 

After selection of works from the permanent and the temporary exhibitions in our museum, the 
Theatre-Marina Katsaris and the museum educator Kypros Georgiou, undertake to offer to the 
young and elder guests a unique experience, embodying roles like this the artist or the sitter character! 

The paintings "come alive" with this way and in three-dimensional form now, give the opportunity to children to study them in depth and interpret them with the help of the art of storytelling and drama in education. The program is aimed at children of all age groups, since depending on the age of visitors, and applies the analogue version. The new educational program of the Museum of Arts Zampelas addressed to teachers and students of public and private schools in Cyprus. Information & Entries | 22456098 /

"Alice in the country of emotions"
Beginning Tuesday, February 7th!
Empowerment program and enhancing self-esteem of children!

An event for children aged 5-7 years old and 8-10 years old at the Museum of The Fairy Tale in Nicosia.
Alice after travelling in wonderland decides to do a new adventurous journey. Putting in her suitcase many stories and visiting the museum of the fairy tale with the kids through the magical world of emotions, empowerment and self-confidence.
The program "Alice in the country of emotions" is a new programme for strengthening of children which is based on the systemic theory, in practice, solution focused instance the narrative therapy and the systemic mentally. Research and international literature coming in to support the effectiveness of these methods in prevention and empowerment of children.
The program has the following objectives:
- to help children to recognize the positive elements, to appreciate and love themselves
- to recognize, named and manage their emotions
- to teach children to manage anxiety, fears, concerns and their difficulties
- to empower and to claim for themselves
I will teach children in solution and to solve problems
- to develop critical thinking and reasoning
- develop social and communication skills
- to trigger creativity and imagination
The program utilizes systemic a number of folk tales, children's books and literary texts that have been selected, target and apply with playful and fairytale way techniques and tools from the systemic mentally, the narrative therapy solution interface practice to achieve each goal. Important Tools are also the play game, art and technical development of imagination and philosophical thinking of children.
Opening Program: January 2017
Organizers: Museum Story-Systemic Institute of Cyprus
Venue for program: the Museum of the Fairy Tales in Nicosia
While the children will participate in the program, parents can enjoy coffee or tea in a magical, fabulous environment.
Project Coordinators:
Vicki Mpalōménou, Systemic children psychotherapist.
Konstantina Constantine, teacher, psychologist, psychotherapist systemic.
For more information and records you can phone the Museum of the Fairy Tale 22376522.

Cyprus Federation Special Olympics restarts "Young Athletes Program" (Young Athlete Program) for Nicosia and Limassol for children with intellectual disabilities

This FREE program is a specially designed sports program for children with intellectual disabilities ages 2 to 8 years, in order to prepare for membership in the official sports of the Special Olympics, after attaining the age of 8 years. Please contact the Special Olympics team for more information.