Preschool Daycare

Yael Zilberman

Yael Zilberman

Director of a rehabilitation day care center

The early childhood years are very significant for the child's development in all areas: development of movement, emotional, communication and intellectual development.

The Daycare center is intended for toddlers aged 6 months to 3 years with rehabilitative and medical needs who require rehabilitative and educational support. Toddlers are referred by the Placement Committee of the Ministry of Welfare, taking into account the request of the parents. Toddlers are integrated in the Daycare Center.

The treatment plan

The Daycare Center in ALYN accepts toddlers with different levels of functioning. The treatment plan is tailored to the individual needs of each toddler. Each toddler is assigned a personal rehabilitation plan formed on the basis of the daily routine in the class. Each toddler’s personal goals are integrated into the schedule. There are individual treatments and group treatments.

The toddlers are placed in classrooms according to their level of functioning and according to their medical and nursing needs. All classes in the Daycare Center implement an educational and rehabilitative program, which allows the child to receive kindergarten education appropriate to their age and level of development, while implementing rehabilitative goals in accordance with the guidelines of the treating paramedical staff. Therapists from various health professions: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapist, nurses, social workers and a nutritionist.

The staff

The Daycare Center also accepts children with special medical needs (children on ventilators, children with special nutritional needs, etc.). The nurses and assistants are in charge of handling their medical needs in accordance with the directives of the Ministry of Health. Emergencies are handled by the medical staff of the hospital. 

The staff of the Daycare Center specializes in the treatment of children with various diagnoses, such as: cerebral palsy (CP) of various types, spina bifida, arthrogryposis, osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), muscular and degenerative neurological diseases, preterm birth complications, eating problems, ventilation and complex medical conditions.

ALYN Hospital, one of the world's leading centers in child rehabilitation, offers toddlers in the Daycare Center advanced treatment methods. The hospital has an innovation center that strives to find unique solutions to improve the functioning of each and every child.

The treatments take place on the premises of the Daycare Center and its surroundings, in treatment rooms, adapted playground, a music therapy room and a therapeutic pool.

Preschool Day Care

Parents as key partners

Parents are key partners in the child’s treatment process. We strive to maintain a constant dialogue between the parents and the educational and therapeutic staff regarding the goals of and progress of treatment. In order to allow parental involvement in the treatment and to define their goals, we offer a number of tracks and options for the parents' participation. During the toddler's stay in the Daycare Center, a home visit takes place that allows for adaptation in the home, allowing the family to better meet the child's treatment goals. 

ALYN Rehabilitation Daycare Center welcomes toddlers from all sectors. The Daycare Center operates with sensitivity and awareness to the variety of cultures that characterize the population of Jerusalem and its surroundings.

The Daycare Center staff is multicultural, and the daily work allows for a shared experience of different cultures in the educational setting. There is an accepting and respectful attitude towards every child, parent and staff member: everyone can pray according to their individual religion as well as follow their traditions and laws.

Activity time

The Daycare center operates according to the schedule set by the Ministry of Welfare, and according to the schedule of the special education daycare centers.

The school year begins on September 1st and ends on August 9th. 

Work hours: Sundays to Thursdays - from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Fridays from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM. 

Transportation to the Daycare Center: Transportation and escort to the Daycare Center is under the responsibility of the local authority. Toddlers with special medical needs are entitled to special transportation and escort by a person who has been trained to address the toddler's unique medical needs.