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The staff caring for the children in our pre-school are trained and qualified pedagogues as required by law. They receive ongoing training biannually and keep in touch with the latest developments in their field.

We have monthly development meetings with the staff. Through grants from the EU we are able to provide our personnel to travel abroad, e. g. Spain and Ireland and get inspired.

The staff ensures that all children in their care feel secure, develop and grow in at their own pace according to their individual abilities and stage of maturity.

It is important that the staff give an example of their adherence to the values and methods described above in accordance with the curriculum which emphasises: respect, solidarity, freedom and the equality of everyone


Bogdan Chivaran Bogdan Chivaran: I am the new principal here at Kids Garden, and I am incredibly enthusiastic to be here. With a solid background as a teacher in Physical Education and Health and leadership experience from both schools and companies, I look forward to creating a positive and inclusive learning environment for your children.

My previous assignments have included leading establishment projects for schools and after-school programs, where my focus has always been on creating a safe and inspiring environment. In addition to my professional experience, I have a background as an elite water polo player, which has taught me the importance of discipline, teamwork, and social interaction.

As your principal, I see all challenges as opportunities for development and am here to support both students and parents. I am truly excited to work together with you and create an outstanding school community here at Kids Garden.

I will also have the opportunity to introduce myself during the next parents' meeting. Thank you for your attention, and I look forward to getting to know all of you.

Assistant Principal

Paola Carrasco Paola Carrasco: Paola serves as the finance manager at Kids Garden. She holds a degree in business economics and earned her Ph.D. in "Expansive Learning and Quality Management in Education" from Bremen University. With over 20 years of experience, Paola has been involved in international projects in the field of education. Her professional journey includes roles in renowned international cooperation institutions such as the "Swedish International Cooperation Agency" and educational organizations, where she has worked as a consultant and educator in universities and schools.

"I am proud to be a part of Kids Garden. My primary focus is on creating a safe and stimulating environment where every child can flourish. Through collaboration with colleagues and parents, I aim to foster a holistic learning experience that enables our children to grow and achieve their full potential."


Marie Andersson Marie Andersson: I am an experienced preschool teacher and have been working at KidsGarden since fall of 2023. I have worked for several years with children, my great interest is music because it brings so much joy and interaction with the children. For me, it is so fantastic to experience how the children develop and see their joy in their eyes when they succeed.

Sara Stigberg Sara Stigberg: Licensed preschool teacher and working at Kids Garden since the spring semester of 2024.
"I have previous experience working in preschools and view children as competent individuals where learning, security, and joy are the focus. I consider it essential that all children, both in groups and individually, are provided with challenges suitable for their age, experience, and knowledge. My approach is that children learn from each other and explore together so that playful and joyful learning becomes evident."


Jeanette EscobarJeanette Escobar: has been working at Kids Garden since the autumn of 2016 and is very appreciated among the children. Jeannette has worked in various projects within the EU and also contributes with administrative tasks in businesses. She has finished her education as a nurse and would like to continue with various courses in Montessori, language and motor skills.

Ping GaoPing Gao: is a newly graduated childcare worker. "I have a strong belief that all children want and can learn, only their interest is stimulated properly. I think the children's desire to learn arises when you meet the child where it is."

Renate Söderholm Renate Söderholm: "I have been a nanny since 1981 and have dedicated almost my entire professional life to working in childcare, which I absolutely love. Additionally, I have experience as a special educator, working with children facing various difficulties in their everyday lives. I have extensively worked with sign communication, a skill often appreciated by the children. Currently, I reside in Norrtälje with my husband and have three adult sons. In September 2023, I began working at Kids Garden."

Lilly Zhang Lilly Zhang: "I am a trained nanny and mother of two, and I also have a dog. I love both children and animals. In my work, I enjoy observing and thinking from the perspective of children. Over the past few years of working in preschool, I have discovered that the world, through the eyes of children, is filled with curiosity every day. This also means that I have a childlike heart, brimming with curiosity and a longing for new things. I am very grateful to the children who fill my days with a desire to explore. I am incredibly proud to have been a part of their company during their childhood. I genuinely love children."

Marcela Paschoud Marcela Paschoud: "I am a childcare worker and have been working at Kid's Garden since April 1, 2021, starting here as a student assistant for a visually impaired child. I am a mother of 3 boys and speak French, Spanish, and Swedish. I enjoy being in contact with children and want to be involved in shaping their development and future. Art and decoration are also things I enjoy, and I help organize the school's spaces."


Matilda GhilardiMatilda Ghilardi: is a Montessori educator for children between 0-12 years old. When Matilda is not in preschool, she takes the course "Specialist nurse Functional Variations/Language development" and sign language. Her interests are language, theater and pedagogy. "Love my job! The children give so much! I am happy to be an educator and be able to participate in their personal development."

Irma RendonIrma Rendon: We have the great privilege of counting among our co-workers Irma Rendon, a nutrition therapist who will help us to ensure that food in preschool becomes more healthy and nutritious. She starts on April 1st and will follow us daily. Those who want to know a little more about her can visit her website Effective Nutrition

Joanna EngstedtJoanna Engstedt: is a relationship coach (CBT and ACT coach). She is available for coaching, lectures and workshops for both staff and parents. Among other things, she has a great fondness for children and adults' emotional environment. Her website is Commitment Coaching. Contact her if you get stuck in communication or need new insights.

Supplies manager and child carer

Jeanette Escobar has worked at Kids Garden since the autumn 2016 and is much appreciated by the children. Jeanette has also worked with different EU projects. She also has other administrative tasks.

Languages and learning go together helps in developing the child's identity. To encourage the language abilities of the children the teachers are at least, bilingual.

Further education & activity development

The teachers are responsible to follow the curriculum as described and to follow guidelines and principles. There are weekly teachers’ meetings where the staff can exchange experiences and evaluate their work. It is also an opportunity for continuously improving the quality of our work, the children’s comfort and the cooperation with parents.

Teachers are expected to convey hope, love and respect to the children where no one feels left out or injured and where the teachers, parents too feel welcome.